How old is too old?

Mackenzie Garrett ’13

Feature Editor


Allexa Marelich, decked out in her cat outfit, strolled up to a house to retrieve her Halloween candy. Instead of a friendly greeting, Marelich was turned down for her request of candy. Why? She is 16 and adults think she is too old to be out trick-or-treating.

Even though many teenagers still go trick-or-treating, doesn’t mean that the adults handing out candy like it. I think adults are finding younger ages every year as the cut-off age for trick-or-treating. Soon enough, adults will think 10-year-olds are too old.

“There shouldn’t be a cutoff to when you stop trick-or-treating. Even as a high school student, I’m still a kid at heart,” Carson Janssen ’14 said. “Plus, I like dressing up and getting free candy.”

Janssen and I aren’t alone when it comes to teens enjoying Halloween to its full extent.

“Trick- or-treating is fun, and as long as we aren’t respectful, we shouldn’t be judged for going,” Marelich said. She and her group of friends go trick-or-treating every year together, and they plan to go this year as well.

On the other hand, there are some students who think that high school students shouldn’t be trick- or- treating.

“I think I’m too old to dress up and go out for candy,” Brandon Backus ’13 said. A majority of kids agree with Backus, and don’t do anything for Halloween.

A lot of kids stop trick- or-treating once they hit a certain age. Some people even say there is cut off of when kids become too old.

“Eighth grade is a good time for kids to stop trick-or-treating,” English teacher Danielle Alexander said. “[Older kids] look ridiculous in costumes when they trick- or- treat at my house. I’ll give them candy but I’ll probably make a sarcastic comment.”

Like Alexander, a lot of adults think high school students are too old to be trick-or-treating. The students, though, think that it’s not only acceptable to go, but is something they should be doing.

The teenagers that are loud, rude, and disrespectful are the ones that ruin trick-or- treating for teens as a whole.  I will trick-or-treat this year, as I have for the past 16 years. Halloween for me is not complete without dressing up and trick-or-treating. Since I will be going off to college next year, this is my last chance to savor my childhood.

Teenagers should be able to trick- or-treat without any discrimination.