How Old Is Too Old To Go Trick Or Treating?
Halloween is here, and we’re all ready to give out candy to the little kids in the neighborhood. It’s fun to see what the kids have decided on this year, are there any outside the box costumes? What is the big costume this year that you’ll see 30 times tonight? But then you get the kids that show up at almost the end of the night, when you’re ready to wrap it up for the night. They definitely are older, and you can’t help but make you think how old is too old to go trick-or-treating?
I believe I have the right number… 15 should be the end for trick-or-treaters. That could even be slightly too old, but if you can’t drive yet we should give them some leeway. If you’re old enough to drive, you’re too old to be walking the streets collecting candy. This seems completely reasonable, but a few cities are going even harder on the age limit.
In Belleville, Illinois a law says it is, “unlawful for any person to appear on the streets, highways, public homes, private homes or public places in the city to make trick or treat visitations” unless they are in the eighth grade or below.” I think you can’t really cancel Halloween for kids who just started high school. Are we going to put 13-15 year olds in Halloween purgatory, and make them hand out candy to the younger kids? That’s like the Halloween version of A Christmas Carol. The 13-15 year olds are the ghosts of Halloween future for the younger kids walking around.
Virginia might be for lovers, but they hate teenage trick-or-treaters. They have a few towns with laws on the books that say 12 is too old. There is a law from the 70’s that threatened 6 months in jail if anyone 12 or over was caught trick-or-treating. What group of grumpy old men wrote that law?
It’s a fine line when it comes to being too old to trick-or-treat, but the bright red line is driving age. If you’re old enough to drive, or old enough to have a legitimate boyfriend or girlfriend no more candy hunting for you. Happy Halloween.