Opposing Viewpoints: Trick-Or-Treat Age Limit

High Schoolers Trick or Treating? Don’t Think so 

By Burke Harman

Trick or Treating was one my best childhood memories. Dressing up your favorite super hero or monster and walking around my neighborhood getting candy-what’s better? Children all around the country enjoy Halloween as it is one of the most memorable holidays. As it is a once a year chance for communities to come together on a fall evening, and put a smile on young child’s face. That being said, there is a time in life when it is time to hang up the cleats from trick or treating, and that is when you get to high school.  

Trick or Treating in high school is not only petty but simply unrealistic and rude. It is time to grow out of childhood, even if you might not want to.  And not to mention these high schoolers that do go trick or treating, are taking candy away from the elementary school kids that should be getting it.  

Some might argue that everyone that wants to trick or treat should be able to. Even in the liberal world we live in today, this is not true. Our society has standards and morals, and we know that Trick or Treating passed the age of 13 is wrong, and it is time for our kids and parents to realize that.  

Even though everyone should have the opportunity to do what they please on the last night of October, it is just not right for high schoolers, young adults, to go out and trick or treat.


Trick or Treating: Fun For ALL Ages 

By Drew Evans

As October came to a close and Halloween comes to an end, people are asking how old is too old to trick or treat? People normally say that once kids get to high school, they stop trick or treating and should stop because they’re too old. But from talking to local students, I received a different answer. 

Junior Mitch Boudreau said, “This year I did go trick or treating. It’s something fun to do and lets me get out of the house for a little. Not to mention getting candy is a nice too.”  

People think that the real world comes up too fast and childhoods disappear too soon. This is one way to allow kids to be kids again. 

Kids, even in high school, still enjoy their favorite holiday of their past time. It’s not like they are going around vandalizing people’s homes constantly. As long as there is the exuberant spirit of Halloween in their heads, there doesn’t need to be an age. I spoke to several parents in the Towson community on this topic. 

“They are still kids, and kids have to grow up too quickly,” said local mom Brenda Evans. “Kids should be allowed to be kids.” 

Jenna Zava, another local mom exclaimed that, “I think it’s great if teenagers are up and out in the fresh air instead of in their rooms glued to a cell phone.” 

Christie Burkett also weighed in on the controversy, “It allows for creativity and fun no matter the age.” 

So as long as there is a consensus between the older generations that are handing out the candy and older trick or treaters, then there shouldn’t be a problem. If everyone is content with what occurs, there should be no controversy or unspoken set of rules for Halloween. This means all ages are allowed to trick or treat.