Trick or Treating: How Old Is Too Old?


Imagine this. It’s Halloween night and trick or treaters are out and about in your neighborhood. You have your bowl of carefully selected candy and have enjoyed seeing all the children in adorable costumes come by your house, eagerly yelling trick or treat as you open the door. Once again, the doorbell rings and you open it expecting to see a 3 ft superhero or princess, but instead your greeted with a 5 ft girl or boy dressed in regular clothes with some kind of paint thrown on their face in an attempt to look semi-dressed up in a costume. Isn’t he/she too old to be trick or treating? How old is this kid? What do you do? You give them the candy. That’s what you do. You don’t have to give them handfuls because they are “bigger” but do give them candy and tell them to have a safe and Happy Halloween. Let me tell you this, from experience.

If all a preteen/teenager is wanting to do on Halloween is do some trick or treating to try and score some free candy then, by all means, thank the Lord above and support it. Let’s look at the other things he or she could be doing:

Toilet Papering
Ding Dong Ditching
Playing cruel tricks on people

This list could go on and on and lead to much worse things…

I remember Halloween when I was 13 yrs old. My best friend and I dressed up in camouflage and went trick or treating around our town. We felt we were a bit too old but we did it anyway. We didn’t think anyone would recognize us because we were in our camo. Ha. Yeah right. However, it was innocent fun and everyone got a kick out of it. It was a lot better than egging and toilet papering houses, which we may or may not have been guilty of in our teenage years 😊.

Did you know adults trick or treat in a sneaky way? Let me tell you how.

You’re still thinking about your last trick or treater that may or may not have been too old to be trick or treating. You’re still debating that in your head as the doorbell rings again. You open the door to find an adult holding the sweetest little infant dressed in the most adorable Halloween costume. A bumble bee. How stinking precious is that? Wait, this baby is too little to eat candy. Who’s going to eat this candy? Who do you think?! The parents. I will admit that I’m guilty of this. Yep. Right here. Guilty. I will also admit that my 4 month old grandson will be “trick or treating” 😊.

If you can say that you have never raided your kids trick or treating bags to get what you like out of them then, you are a liar. Shame on you. Your “checking” their candy? Making sure it’s safe? Uh huh. I go for the Reese’s peanut butter cups. They never look “safe”.

I leave it up to my kids when they think they are too old to trick or treat. My 13 and 15 yr old decided a couple of years ago they were too old. It’s probably not “cool” and they absolutely can not take a chance on some classmates seeing them out trick or treating. They enjoy handing candy out now, what they don’t eat for themselves. They also enjoy eating checking their little sisters candy.

So. How old is too old to trick or treat?

I say…

You are never too old!

Happy Halloween! Be safe!


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6 thoughts on “Trick or Treating: How Old Is Too Old?”

  1. I love it!! And I’m so proud of you Kim!! And girl you know you kept it to just mischief but drinking and drugs and beating up little kids for their candy…it happens instead of trick or treating. So I personally, will hand candy out to anyone of any age! Happy Halloween all!!

  2. Kim, this is awesome! I felt like I was sitting right beside you and you were telling me this. You have a gift with words!

  3. Oh my gosh, brought back so many precious memories! 😢Year’s gone by. Thank you sweetheart for the trip down memory lane.💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

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