Trick-or-Treating, are we too old?

Article By: Mae Kirkpatrick

As October rolls by and we come closer to the end of the month, there is an obvious change in the air. Houses are covered with new decorations, supermarkets stock up on shelves of black and orange themed candy, and pumpkins pop up on doorsteps and shops. It is these things that hint at the nearing of Halloween. Although its exact origins are unknown, Halloween has been around for about 2000 years, and along with this comes a long gone tradition that has excited every young child at its mention… trick-or-treating. When talking of trick-of-treating, many people think back to memories as a young kid picking out the perfect costume, and wandering around the streets coming home loaded with new sweets and candies to spend the next week devouring. Soon though, as we leave our child lives and move on to middle school and high school, the importance of Halloween dies down, and along with this the need for trick-or-treating. Instead, the floods of trick-or-treaters seem young and immature, and to stand along with them seems awkward and makes us feel out of place. Even so, when Halloween rolls around once again, there is always a hesitation in the air of whether we should join in. Is there really an age limit for trick-or-treating? And are we really already too old for it?

After interviewing numerous high schoolers, a surprising majority all felt high schoolers were not too old to trick-or-treat, yet when asked if they would do it this year, most still said they wouldn’t. Only a few said they felt it was a childish tradition, and that there were other more fitting Halloween activities high schoolers could partake in. The rest all saw no problem, with one student quoting, “there’s no age limit for trick-or-treating, especially since we’re still quite young. Being in high school, we should take advantage to do these fun activities before we actually have to leave home and be more ‘mature.’”

Despite the fact most high schoolers interviewed had nothing against partaking in the more “childish” activity of trick-or-treating at this age, it was still not seen as an extremely popular thing to do. It is evident that as we have grown and taken a hold of these new responsibilities, the excitement we once felt towards these holidays and fun activities has died down slightly. We’ve become more accustomed to taking part in what we think fits our “role” as a mature, high school student. With this, all agree that high school students should not let labels such as “immature” or “childish” refrain them in joining in the annual recreation of trick-or-treating.