Are you not sure how old is too old to trick or treat? Here are a few of my thoughts and how my family answers this question.
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 and I just didn’t think it was fair.
What Age Should You Stop Trick Or Treating
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. One bowl is for the kids and the other is 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! 🙂