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. A lot of my friends still went trick-or-treating for 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 kind of agree with my mom!
Even now, as a mom of a teenager, I get a little annoyed at the teenage trick-or-treaters that run around our neighborhood. Not all of them, but a lot of them.
There are definite exceptions to this, but I have found a big majority of trick or treating teens are usually not being supervised (which is fine) but they are also being disrespectful, trampling through yards, breaking decor, stealing bowls of candy left out on porches, walking in the street with total disregard to cars that might be coming, and they are being silly showing off in front of their friends.
They come around with their pillowcases full of candy, sometimes after the lights are off and we’ve gone to bed. Some of them don’t even wear costumes and others wear gross costumes or ones that are really revealing! (Why do all the witches costumes consist of mini skirts and tube tops now a days?)
But I digress…
I think Halloween should be fun for people of ALL AGES, but trick-or-treating should be for younger kids.
The exception to this would be those who are respectful, dressed in fun costumes, and those who still find fun in the actual act of collecting candy. If your 17 year old wants to go with a group of respectful friends, or if they want to take their younger siblings out while you pass out candy at home – go for it!!!!
I don’t intend this to mean your older kids have to sit home alone and miss out on the fun!
- Plan a Halloween party
- Have them invite friends over to watch a scary movie
- If you’re feeling really ambitious, have them put on a haunted house for the older kids in the neighborhood.
There is so much you can do to make Halloween fun!
Can we talk about parents who trick-or-treat for their babies?!
(Your 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.
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! 🙂