Every Halloween as I lead my children through the neighborhood from house to house Trick-or-Treating I am struck by the fact that there are so many older children joining in on the festivities. My oldest is 11 and I know that soon we will have to have that dreaded talk, no not the one about the birds and the bees, the one where I tell her,”Honey, you’re too old to go Trick-or-Treating this year!” Now I dread this talk just about more than any I will ever have to have with her, Trick-or-Treating is the one chance all year for children everywhere to get dressed up and run amuck around town while begging for free candy…could any parent dare take that away?
Surely there is a consensus among parents about the cut-off age for Trick-or-Treating, or is there? Everyone I’ve talked to seems to either be dead set in their belief that once a teenager you are done with trick-or-treating, or not sure at all. I tend to agree that after the age of 12 it’s probably better (and much more mature) to stay home and pass out candy come Halloween night. I’m sure my oldest daughter will not want to hear my thoughts on this one, but I know that next year will be her last trick-or-treating experience.
So what do you think? Do you think children should stop trick-or-treating after a certain age?