Trick-Or-Treat: How Old Is Too Old?

With school back in full swing and the determined heat of summer slowly recoiling, there are just a few things most people can’t help but look forward to in heavy anticipation this time of year: pumpkin spice lattes, backyards transforming into frescoes of multi-colored leaves, and last but surely not least — Halloween.

Amongst many fond childhood memories, many of us might recall this spooktacular occassion as one of the most exciting holidays of the season to look forward to. But even as the years pass and we may eventually find better things to do than dress up and candy-hunt with friends and siblings, does the fun and thrill of it all ever really go away?

It doesn’t have to. While it is easy for any third-party observer to make generalizations about what deems anyone “creepy” or “lame” for trick-or-treating, here at Sarah Scoop we think it should be more about one’s attitude and intentions, rather than a set cut-off age.

Sure, the ideal age for kids to go trick-or-treating might be anywhere as early as infancy to 18 years of age. But what if you just like to have fun? If you’re a kid at heart and have friends your age who want to accompany you, then sure, make it a fun group thing. Kids at my old college in California did it, and it was all in good fun. Girls especially love this, and there’s nothing really wrong with it, so long as you know how to dress and behave appropriately, regarding what kind of audience you’ll be among. For example, if you are going neighbohood trick-or-treating, chances are there will be a bunch of kids running around — common sense tells you not to  pull a Regina George and don a Playboy bunny outfit. But if you’re of age and are going to a house party whose host will maybe allow that, then sure — have at it. Just remember to go with friends and party safely.

And then there’s that sibling/ relative card you can pull. What if you have a younger sibling — or four of them, like I do? And what about those parents, even grandparents, or aunts and uncles who want to spend the night monitoring their youngsters as they venture door-to-door? It’s something I and most people would do for small children, especially if they are unable to defend themselves against potential sexual predators.

Hallowballoo in downtown Oahu is anything but dead on Halloween night.

Lastly, this brings us to one of the main reasons people look at older citizens funny for trick-or-treating. It’s something most have the common sense to figure out, but you never know with people these days. If you are going with intentions other than getting some good ol’ Halloween candy for yourself, your friends, or your siblings, don’t go neighborhood trick-or-treating. That is usually reserved for children and their guardians. If you disguise yourself and leave the house trying to scope the “playing field,” do it in a setting that is obviously meant for that — clubs, discos, big block party-esque celebrations held for teens and adults (i.e., Hallowbaloo in Honolulu, Hawaii; just sayin’, you aren’t living ’til you’ve tried), or at a Halloween-themed party with people around your age. Do not embarass yourself and creep those out who are only looking to have a good time. Halloween is about being fun-frightened — not actually frightened.

Above all, keep in mind trick-or-treating is meant for innocent, playful fun. No matter how old, everyone likes candy, and nearly everyone likes being creative and expressing themselves. If you’re in it for that, go ahead. Just remember, there aren’t laws about trick-or-treating until a certain age. But there are laws against harassment and being a weirdo just like on any other day of the year — Halloween isn’t an exception.

Have a good time, be safe, and make sure your candy hasn’t been previously opened before consuming! If you’re a little tyke, let your parents or older sibs check the candy for you. Happy hunting, and Happy Halloween!!

How old do you think is too old?

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