For most communities, trick-or-treat occurs on Halloween, Oct. 31.
For some, the age limit to traverse neighborhoods in search of goodies is 12.
Question: If a teenaged-looking ghost or goblin showed up at your doorstep, would you turn him away?
If you say yes, consider this shared on the Facebook page, “Mommy Needs Vodka,” from ExploreTalent.com: “If a teenager comes to your door … please give them candy.” In short, the meme notes that the parent would prefer their child trick-or-treat at 14 instead of “drinking at a party with a bunch of half naked (sic) girls in degrading costumes.” The parent meme pretty much goes on to say that he or she wants to hold onto the child’s innocence as long as possible, so what’s the harm in handing a piece of candy to their older child?
By the time I hit freshman year of high school, trick-or-treating sort of ceased. Having two sisters three and 10 years my junior, respectively, however, I would still dress up and walk the neighborhood with them as a chaperone. I would receive candy from some homeowners, and I graciously accepted. It all ended up in one bowl anyway once we got home.
Before I had children, I would dress up and sit on my porch to hand out candy. Occasionally, I would receive older Halloweeners, and I would give them candy — so long as they were in costume. How do you really say no?
What are your thoughts, as parents, of teens trick-or-treating? Feel free to share your thoughts in the blog’s comment section, and thank you for reading.