When I was twelve years old I got dressed up with one of my friends for my favorite holiday, Halloween. I can’t exactly remember what I dressed up as but I’m inclined to believe I dressed up as a witch because in my dream world, I am an all-powerful witch. Judge me, that’s fine.
It was during this time, two months after turning twelve, that I experienced someone upset with me for being “too old” to trick-or-treat. I couldn’t believe it. Newly twelve years old and already “too old” to trick-or-treat. Halloween was my favorite holiday! I wasn’t doing anything wrong yet this woman was incredibly upset with me for being out.
What age do you consider to be “too old” for trick-or-treating? I definitely see that at my current age (22), I am too old to go trick-or-treating. I’m fortunate enough to have nieces who do go out for the holiday, so I get to enjoy it a little bit anyway. I don’t think that twelve is old, though.
What do we expect our preteens and teenagers to be doing? Going out to parties? Maybe our sixteen and older kiddos will be at Halloween parties, but what about a twelve year old? Maybe they aren’t going to parties yet. Maybe we shouldn’t encourage children partying because it leads to trouble?
I think that if a pre-teenager or teenager chooses to go out and collect some candy rather than going to a party, drinking, getting in trouble or even staying home bored, we shouldn’t punish them and make them go away.
There is an incredible amount of trouble to get into and I strongly believe we should encourage more children to stay kids as long as they can, stay out of trouble and love a full and happy life.
I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this topic. Please comment below how you feel about age discrimination and Halloween.