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December 11, 2017

Trick or Treating? How old is too old?


By Matthew D. Cardoza

Every October 31st, millions of people celebrate Halloween, a night of spooky celebrations and ghoulish fun. Thousands of people get their preferred costumes and go out to have fun. One such tradition people partake in is trick or treating, an event where people, mainly kids, go out door to door asking for candy. While it’s seen as a kid oriented tradition, many adults have been known to do it too, which prompts the question: How old is too old to trick or treat?

For some, trick-or-treating is a tradition that all ages can enjoy. Amber Honaker ‘17 has trick-or-treated since she was two years old, and absolutely loved it because she loved going out in costume and getting candy. She believes that the tradition shouldn’t be limited only to children, saying: “I don’t see trick or treating as a childish thing to do. In fact, I think it’s for all ages because it shows people’s Halloween spirit.” She also sees Halloween as a time of good fun, saying that the holiday is meant to be enjoyed no matter what your age is.

halloween-hero-1-aDespite trick-or-treating since she was 2-years-old, Emely Guzman ‘19 believes that trick or treating should be enjoyed until the age of 18. She explains this, saying: “I think until you’re 18 you’re able to trick or treat. I think when people get older, they’d like to do more things when their friends like go to parties.” She goes on to say that older people should leave the door-to-door candy hunting to the kiddies, due to them benefiting from the experience more than the adults.

Mr. Young, a history teacher here at Jeff, has had a history with Halloween. Starting when he was very young, he trick-or-treated until he was in his junior year in high school. He has seen that while he doesn’t trick-or-treat anymore, most adults try to get rid of the stigma that trick or treating is only for kids by: “Still doing the Halloween traditions, but in their own college dorms or their own more adult communities, not the general area, primarily to get rid of the stigma that trick-or-treating is only for kids.” Furthermore, he states that: “I think it’s more of an individual choice on what to do on Halloween, each person has their own preference. Some would rather go trick or treating, and some will go out to parties, it’s up to the person.”

Halloween as expressed by the people, is meant to be enjoyed as a night of fun. While they may have different opinions on the age demographic of trick or treating, they can surely agree that they will continue the spirit of Halloween in some form of celebration that fits their preferences.

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