Growing up my mom implemented the rule that once you were 12 years old you were done trick-or-treating. I remember when I turned 12 I was not too happy with this. Most of my friends still trick-or-treated a couple more years (some even quite a few years) and I just didn’t think it was fair.
Now that I have kids of my own, I realize how wise my mom was- with many things- and this Halloween rule is not exception. I grow increasingly annoyed at the teenage trick-or-treaters every year. Every year they come around with their pillowcases full of candy, wearing bloody, disgusting costumes or really nasty, revealing costumes that I would rather not see! (I’m sorry, but just because it is Halloween doesn’t mean it is ok to dress as a hooker!) What happened to the normal looking witch, why are all the witches wearing mini skirts and tube tops now?
The other annoyance I have are those parents who trick-or-treat for their newborns! The kid is 2 weeks old, this candy is for you and that is pathetic. I love Halloween and I have enjoyed dressing my kids up since Ethan’s first Halloween when he was 9 months old. Costumes are fun, I LOVE seeing babies in costumes, but sweet-toothed parents ruin it for me.
My friend’s mom said she kept 2 bowls near her door on Halloween- 1 for the kids and one for the teenagers. The kid’s bowl was full of candy, the teenager’s bowl was full of ketchup packets (they sounded like a bowl of candy and no one knew til they got home that someone gave them ketchup packets instead of candy!) If I had more nerve, I’d wrap ketchup packets in one of these printables to explain that they got the ketchup not because I was cheap but because they look so silly:
I made these using Printable Designs from Sprik Space– clever, right? But I won’t be giving these out simply because I’d be afraid those kids would come back and set my house on fire! But the idea is tempting…
So I want to know from all of you what you think- how old is too old to trick-or treat? Leave me a comment, but please keep it friendly! I know this may strike up some difference in opinions, and that is ok, but let’s play nicely!