Spooky season debate: How old is too old to trick-or-treat?

Spooky season debate: How old is too old to trick-or-treat?

By Bella Yoakam, Gabe Goode, and Jamie Wallace


While trick-or-treating is usually enjoyed by children under the age of 13, it can also be a celebration for us young adults that equally love Halloween. As a teenager who looks forward to dressing up every year, there is no better way to enjoy this holiday than to walk door to door in a festive costume and collect candy. 

For one, Halloween is a time to change yourself and be a different person. For some, this youthful holiday is their only chance to break out of their shell and do something creative. As long as an individual dresses up in a costume and genuinely tries to participate, they should be able to get candy and have fun. Buying fabric, tools, and materials to create something of their own imagination is part of the joy of Halloween. Dressing up and being silly are great ways to express creativity. Add being able to get candy, and it’s a great night. The creation of a Halloween costume is really important to people. Taking that away because they aged is simply wrong.

 Tradition does not need to die once you become a certain age, so an age should not control a holiday. Once a child grows up they should be able to continue celebrating and having a fun night, despite what social norms suggest. Traditions bring people together and are a great way to socialize with friends and family. Trick-or-treating is a staple holiday activity in people’s lives. Dressing up for Halloween is fun, creative and a great way to meet different members of the community. Overall, trick-or-treating is a fun tradition that should be celebrated by all ages.



While trick-or-treating is a celebration and a memorable experience for younger children, young adults should not trick-or-treat. They should do this out of respect for the children who want to experience the event without interference from those who participate for the sole purpose of getting candy.

When children create costumes, they are expressing themselves. While older people do take part in intricate costume making, taking the candy for the children to enjoy is something different. This is a very irresponsible move, as they should think about the younger children who want to trick-or-treat with friends, create memorable experiences and collect some candy. Imagine being the child who wants lots of candy and then you get to a house and they’re out. Young adults have other means of getting candy for themselves, while younger children only have a few chances each year to collect some.

Although trick-or-treating is a very fun tradition for all, it isn’t the most socially acceptable thing to take part in. Trick-or-treating over the age of 16 should be frowned upon because at that point, being an adult gives more responsibility than a child and taking time to trick-or-treat is childish. Teenagers are not always the greatest role models for younger kids. Possible cursing, reckless driving, candy stealing, yelling and fighting are all behaviors that are unacceptable on a night meant for children. For these reasons, trick-or-treating is an activity made for children and therefore young adults should not participate.