When are you too old to go trick or treating?


Photo courtesy of: Bianca Mow

Summer Rawashdeh, Staff Writer

Halloween: a day full of fright and candy, October 31st. Halloween is the day that people can dress up and be whoever they want to be. Occasionally, these costumes raise speculations. Sometimes these costumes may be an issue, but is the age of the people wearing them a bigger one? Different people have different opinions on when kids are too old to go trick-or-treating.

Many adults feel that once someone enters high school, that is when he or she becomes a young adult and should help pass out candy. Some disagree and say that continuing to trick – or – treat is still acceptable and a wonderful thing to see.

“I think by the time you’re a senior in high school you’re probably no longer into this [trick- or- treating] anymore,” former Oakland University Integrative Studies professor Linda Benson said. “But that’s okay and sometimes it is older kids that are bringing sisters and brothers. I think that is appropriate.”

Although, some feel it’s nice for high school students to walk with younger trick – or – treaters, some think that the fun should end after high school.

“I personally will stop trick – or – treating as a sophomore,” Brianna Mazur said. “On the other hand, I think that my peers and fellow high schoolers might keep going until they reach the peak of high school.”

Even trick or treating in high school is too old for some people. Often times people feel that trick-or-tricking should stop at a younger age.  

“I feel that once you are out of middle school you should be done trick – or – treating,” sophomore, Maximillion Hale said.  “You should either hand out candy or go to Halloween parties.”

Halloween has a different definition for people who feel they are too old to trick – or – treat.

“I love Halloween,” senior Bria Mattson said. “It’s such a fun time whether you’re trick or treating or hanging out with friends or going to a Halloween party and dressing up.”

Halloween has different meanings to everyone. Each individual has their own traditions that makes this holiday special.

“I find Halloween as a time to have fun and celebrate with family and friends, though sometimes I do feel that people will go overboard and forget the meaning behind this special day,” freshman Zack Babiak said. “I probably will stop trick – or – treating on my senior year of high school. But I don’t mind seeing college students or grown adults trick or treating, if their wearing a costume, that’s all that matters!”