Trick-or-treating is a night for children (Editorial)

Carol Etzel, Magazine Editor-in-Chief

If a teenager who was texting and wearing something that can hardly be qualified as a costume came to your door asking for candy, how would you react?

Such scenarios are among the reasons why teenagers should not go trick-or-treating.

Children love Halloween because for one night they can let their imagination become reality. As you grow up, you lose your childish imagination and become more interested in the free candy.

In Bathurst, Canada, if you are over the age of fourteen you are not allowed to go trick-or-treating. Any person caught in the act will be fined a minimum of $80.

When the law was established, the issues with teenagers disrupting Halloween have drastically decreased.

That leaves one final question: How old should you be before you stop trick-or-treating? A survey conducted by TODAY revealed that 73% of those surveyed believed the correct age to stop trick-or-treating was between 12 and 17.

That’s not to say that Halloween isn’t a holiday that everyone should be able to celebrate. Teenagers can help hand out candy, host or attend costume parties, or take their younger siblings out trick-or-treating.

When it comes to trick-or-treating, though, teenagers should take a step back and let the children enjoy their night.