Are you still getting up in years, but still going door to door this October to ring bells and ask for free Halloween candy? If not, at what age did you stop participating in this annual Beggars’ Night tradition?
We’ve all seen those over-aged kids, masquerading as youngsters for trick or treating for candy handouts each October 31. Make-believe is clever, creative and cute when children do it. But at what point does adorable become deplorable, when it comes to trick or treating?
Should communities call a cut-off for candy beggars on Halloween? Over the years, several communities, like Belleville, Illinois, have insisted that ninth graders only trick or treat when escorting younger children. Still, in certain neighborhoods, even some parents hold out their hands when residents dole out trick-or-treat candy.
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Consider these seven clues you may be too old for trick or treating.
How old is too old for trick or treating on Halloween?
The costuming and the candy are intended to be fun for children, right? So, just for fun, here are seven simple guidelines for grown-up kids to help you determine whether you may have topped out your trick-or-treating time.
1. If you’re old enough to drive a car, you’re probably too old for trick or treating.
Do you have your own wheels? Or do you have access to the family car? Why not go pick out your own favorite Halloween candy? Just look out for all those little goblins, as you guide your car through those busy neighborhoods.
2. If you’re old enough to punch a time clock, your trick-or-treat days may be behind you.
Are you reporting to work regularly and dropping by the bank to deposit a real paycheck? How about stopping at the store and bringing home your own Halloween candy, while you’re at it?
3. If you’ve already started shaving, then it may be time to cut off your trick-or-treating tenure.
Sure, a shaving nick may look almost appropriate on Halloween, with trick or treaters showing up dripping in fake blood. Even so, if you are old enough to shave or wax or pluck, then you need to sharpen your own shopping skills. Start with the candy aisle.
4. If you’re eligible to vote, you really ought to leave the trick or treating to younger kids.
Are you a registered voter? Did you vote in the most recent election? Hey, if you have the maturity to select an electoral candidate, you can certainly choose your own sweets.
5. If you’ve earned your proverbial sheepskin, you likely should skip the trick or treating.
You deserve sincere congratulations, if you have ever marched to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” to pick up your hard-earned diploma. Now you can pick up your own candy too.
6. If you have a prescription for birth control, you ought to be able to feed your own candy urges.
Got contraception? How about getting your own confections too? How do you think folks feel to hand out Halloween candy to couples they encounter, smooching on the front steps?
7. If you have reached the legal drinking age, it’s time to BYOC.
Can you belly up to the bar with the best of them? Before you offer to buy a round, go buy your own candy. Nothing vexes Halloween hosts more than finding beer cans in the bushes after trick or treating.
While we’re on the subject of chemicals, it might be a good idea to cease smoking – or at least,refrain from lighting up on other people’s porches if you come calling on Halloween.
Need more clues about trick or treating age limits?
Here are a few more obvious signs that you may be past your trick-or-treating prime time. Do you pay rent or even own a home? Do you have children of your own? Does your Halloween costume show cleavage?
Maybe it’s time to step up and start handing out candy to real kids.
Never fear, if your trick-or-treating days are behind you.
Halloween parties abound. Dances, haunted houses, shopping mall runs, and other Halloween festivities offer countless ways to participate in this autumn holiday and partake in plenty of sugary treats without ringing doorbells for free tiny candy bars.