How Old Is Too Old to Trick-Or-Treat?
No, seriously. *How* old?
Some moms on the popular parenting forum Mumsnet are currently having this very debate.
The thread began with one parent, who wanted to know if it was cool for her 15-year-old daughter to trick-or-treat on Halloween.
"15yo DD [dear daughter], has planned a whole route with her friends," she wrote. "They know only to knock on the houses with pumpkins, and will be properly dressing up etc. I’ve said to her I think she’s too old but she would be missing out on a chance to socialize with her (very sensible) friends. I suppose this is sort of a wwyd [what would you do]?"
More than 148 parents have responded, almost all with varying ideas about what's too old. While there isn't a consensus on the exact cutoff, most commenters seemed to think 15 was pushing it. "For me, it was last year of primary school (not helpful!)," one wrote. "My son's friend's mum insisted on taking them out again in year 7, and rather than them getting properly dressed up, decided it was OK that they just wore normal clothes and put plastic face masks on. I was quite embarrassed, as I think you should make a real effort when going trick-or-treating." She added that this year, a friend's older daughter would be heading out with friends. "Trick-or-treating is big where I live, but I still think it’s best for little children (who likes a group of rowdy teenagers turning up and banging on their door?), but as she has already planned it and if she is part of a sensible small group then I guess it would be sad to cancel it."
"15 is way too old IMO," another user chimed in. "Ours stopped well before going to high school. It's for the younger children around here. I don't know what teens get out of it. They would be better off having a Halloween party [versus] knocking on people's doors for sweets at that age."
A user by the name of tissuesosoft took an even harder line: "10 would be the limit for me. I wouldn't open the door to any older unless they were with younger siblings."
This isn't a question that seems like it's going away anytime soon. An entirely separate thread from earlier this October asked a similar question: Is 13 too old to trick-or-treat, and if so, what the hell else are you supposed to do with your teenagers on Halloween?
That thread was filled with tons of helpful suggestions, from chaperoning younger kids, to having a pizza and age-appropriate scary movie party.
Yet one parent said she didn't mind if teens were trick-or-treating, provided "they are cheerful and in proper costumes." Meaning? "A hoodie and Scream mask alone will garner no Haribo."
So there you have it, folks. If your kid has reached puberty, it's best to keep 'em inside. Unless they'recommitted. And promise to behave. And are accompanied by younger siblings. The matter has been settled — at least until next Halloween.
Responses have been lightly edited for spelling and grammar.
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