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How Old is Too Old to Trick-or-Treat At Halloween?

How Old is Too Old to Trick-or-Treat At Halloween?

By Chris Jordan

My twelve-year-old son plays on his middle school’s football team. They have games on Monday nights at 7:00pm. This is relevant only because when I realized that Halloween was on a Monday I said to one of my friends that my 12 year old wasn’t going to be able to go out trick-or-treating this year. She acted like I had two heads. “He is far too old to go out trick-or-treating anyway!”

Far too old? Really? I didn’t think that there was an age limit. When it comes to trick-or-treating, I think desire trumps age.

My oldest kids decided to stop trick-or-treating on their own when they were probably about 14, or late middle-school age. At some point they come to the realization on their own that trekking miles through the suburbs for fun-sized candy bars isn’t worth it. Especially if Mom is willing to buy a bag of candy for everyone to share. My oldest went out last year again for the first time in several years with a group of friends. They all dressed up in morph suits, which are like colorful body stockings that cover you from head to toe. (I feel like I must point out that they wore coordinating shorts over their suits.) He said they posed on people’s front door stoops after ringing the door bells. Everyone loved their costumes and no one gave them any sort of hard time about being too old to trick-or-treat.

There are far worse things for teenagers to be involved in than trick-or-treating. If they want to hold on to this childhood tradition, why not? Soon enough they will be full-fledged adults. Adulthood is forever.

We are living in a time where people are constantly lamenting the fact that children are growing up too quickly, acting like adults long before their years. Look at the costumes that are available in the big stores. Every year the choices become more and more gruesome for boys, while the girls costumes become more and more like street walkers. I can clearly remember being in 5th grade and dressing up like a bunny and my friend dressing up like a cat. My daughter finds both those choices “babyish.” She is eight. And if the costumes she has circled in the fliers that come to our house are any indication, she would like to dress up as a fairy-whore. Uh, yeah, not happening. In my house the rule about costumes is no serial killers or hookers. You would be surprised the amount of costumes this eliminates.

Some cities have gone so far as to ban children over the age of 12 from trick-or treating. This makes me sad. I’d love it if a city passed a ban on store-bought costumes, forcing everyone to make their own. Let’s bring back the cardboard box dice, the green-faced witches, the cheerleader, the sports figures… Okay, I don’t really want that sort of ban to actually happen, but a girl can dream of the day when all the costumes weren’t covered in blood or seen on every third child.

What do you think, is there an age which children should stop trick-or-treating? Does it bother you if teenagers in costume come to your door? Should cities pass age restrictions on trick or treating?

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Chris Jordan
About the Author

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children. Yes, the...

Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children.
Yes, they are all hers.
No she’s not Catholic or Mormon. Though she wouldn’t mind having a sister-wife because holy hell the laundry never stops.
Yes, she finally figured out what causes it. That’s why her youngest is almost 6.
Yes, she has a television.

She enjoys referring to herself in the third person.

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  • Trish

    October 14, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Here’s the thing — I’ve seen kids as old as HS “trick or treating” but with a lot of them, they are not dressing up. They are in jeans and a hoodie with a plastic grocery bag arguing that they should take two pieces of candy b/c its fine for little kids to take one, but they are bigger and deserve more. That’s when it stops being fun to hand out candy and see the inventive or colorful costumes, and starts feeling like a shakedown by a youth who might be up to no good. Is 12 the right age to cut off the treats? I don’t know. I’d probably put it at 14, but its not like you can ask for ID. I can definitely see where communities have set limits when they’ve had complaints about older kids collecting coming around to collect treats without dressing up.

  • IrishCream

    October 14, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I’d happily give candy to anyone who showed up at my door in costume. Unless they’re dressed like Yankees players; then they get denied.

    I trick-or-treated (in homemade, non-hookerish costumes) until I was 18. I just love it, and if you’re willing to put in the time on a real costume, I don’t see why you shouldn’t be allowed to trick-or-treat.

    • Norma

      October 31, 2014 at 2:13 pm


      • Mandy

        October 31, 2015 at 3:51 pm

        I’m 17 years old, in my senior year of high school, and I am so glad to hear people saying that it is okay to go trick or treating! I am going for my last time this year, and I made my own costume (I am going to be a wolf) I think kids are growing up too quickly and I want to stay a kid for as long as I can.

        • Miranda

          November 1, 2015 at 3:14 pm

          I’m 18 and I went trick or treating this year. This was probably my last, but I’m never going to stop dressing up

  • Cassie

    October 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

    If they take the time to dress up and actually look the part, I have no problem with a teenager showing up at my door and giving them candy. (Assuming it is at a reasonable time and not midnight.) ((Politeness towards the treat giver is a bonus too!))

    The thing I dislike is the designated dates/times kids are allowed to go out trick-or-treating. Because Halloween is on a Monday this year, the kids are actually designated to go out on Sunday evening, but only between 5-7:30pm. What happened to the unorganized, fun free time between the school letting out and bedtime?

    • Annie

      September 16, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      I actually sort of have a problem with that. Some kids don’t have great costumes because they can’t afford them. They might try their best by putting on clothes that look like a person they like but I don’t think they should have to wear a store bought costume to trick or treat. 

  • Dawn

    October 14, 2011 at 11:42 am

    A few teenagers show up every year. If they have a costume they get candy. They are usually polite and some even have good costumes. I always make sure to compliment the ones that do. If they do not have a costume I say. “Ok no costume then I at least need to hear trick or treat.” The kids always laugh and say it and I hand out the candy gladly. I wouldn’t mind if adults showed up as long as they were wearing a costume. I think that should be the deciding factor, not age.

    • joe friday

      November 1, 2015 at 12:48 am

      I’m 21 and I trick or treated this year wearing a business suit.  When people asked what I was dressed up as, I told them I was dressed like somebody who has a job.  With Obama in the White House, of course, I don’t.  But it’s fun to pretend.  

  • GM

    October 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I dream of the day when green faced witches are a thing of the past but apart from that I’m in complete agreement with you. I don’t mind teenagers. I haven’t had to deal with any bad ones yet though. I think age restrictions are ridiculous. This is definitely one thing we don’t need our government regulating. There are much more important things to worry about than banning kids from healthy activities.

  • Zoot

    October 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I am so glad you wrote this. I have NEVER had a problem with older trick-or-treaters. And they’ve never been rude and banged on our door late after we turn out lights (I’ve heard that as a complaint.) My son is 16 and he may go out with his friends, and I warned him people may get ugly with him but if they do to tell him they could call me if they had a problem with it. 🙂 As long as he wants to do a fun/safe activity why would I discourage that? And I have to say I’d be OUTRAGED if my city banned 12+. 

    So glad I’m not the only one 😉

  • Marci

    October 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I agree with the above commenters in that if they are wearing a costume, why not?  The problem in my household this year is that my 9th grader has swim practice that day until 6:30pm.  I don’t think she will be able to go out.  But I also have a 15 year old who is going to be with friends in their neighborhood, and a nine year old boy who certainly should be able to go out.  My daughter, the swimmer, is quite miffed that she has practice.  When I mention that maybe she is too old to go trick-or-treating, she disagreed with me.  A big part of it is that her siblings don’t have conflicts.  I am sure her high school coach believes that the teens are too old for Halloween.  

  • Adriana

    October 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    A ban at 12yrs old? My son will be in 6th grade at age 12. He’d be devastated if I told him he couldn’t dress up anymore. He doesn’t even care about the candy… he doesn’t eat candy. He likes dressing up in costume and well at 11yrs old Halloween is really the only time he can.
    I think most kids stop on their own around 14, and if they want to keep going, as long as they take the time to dress up in costume and are polite and don’t scare or push around the little kids then I say go for it.
    I agree with the store bought costumes, except that I don’t sew. Don’t even have a machine. Not crafty in anyway. Wouldn’t know how to make a costume for my kids. ::sniff:: I guess I could just tape Kleenex on them and have them go as a ghost… or a wad of used Kleenex… as it is we’ve got a superhero (the girl) and a couple of star wars characters (the boys).

  • Sid

    October 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    One of the only things that was good about having a baby-face was that I got to go trick or treating until I was well into high school (my poor husband was 6 feet tall at age 11 and he’s still bitter about getting cut-off by his neighbours as “too old”). Now as a parent (candy puchaser/distrubutor) I don’t mind giving candy to anyone who puts out the effort to wear a costume. I do however get ticked with the teens “dressed up” in their pajamas expecting a handout.

    • Excuse Me

      October 31, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Your husband was NOT 6ft tall when he was 11! No way, no how. That’s INSANE. 

  • Suz

    October 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I agree with the majority.  The only time I have a problem with older trick-or-treaters is when they’re showing up at the door with an “I dare you to deny me” attitude.  If your son’s group showed up, I’d give them twice the candy for the effort & attitude.

    My kids are 13 and 15.  Neither of them has mentioned Halloween at all so far.  For a few years, starting in 5th grade, my now-15-yo and her friends spent months pulling together a (free) Haunted House in one of the other families’ yards, and spent their Halloween evening entertaining trick-or-treaters from surrounding neighborhoods.  Us parents bought them truckloads of candy to make up for the lack of trick-or-treat loot.  I don’t think she’s been trick-or-treating since.  My 13 year old will probably go this year, but it may be her last (8th grade).

    As far as costumes go – we’ve done home-made for a while now.  I keep reading about these slutty girl costumes on the internet and otherwise, but I have yet to see them in real life.  Last year my younger daughter & her friends dressed up as “punks” with clothes from their mothers’ closets from the 1980s, and my older daughter and her friends dressed up as a “1950s family” – my daughter was the little boy. In a flannel shirt and a baseball cap.  

  • Michelle

    October 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I don’t mind teenagers trick or treating as long as they show up in costume and are pleasant. I don’t like it when they come in regular clothes; it seems like they are just up to no good.

  • Julie

    October 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I agree with the other commenters. The limit isn’t age, it’s attitude. They’re too old to trick-or-treat when they’re too “cool” to actually dress up and say trick or treat and ham it up a little bit. As long as they’re willing to put out the effort to come up with a costume beyond their highschool sports uniform and come before I turn out the lights, I’m happy to give them candy. I remember taking my little sister out trick-or-treating through high school. I’d wear a costume, and usually only hit a few select houses – ones where friends lived or where I knew there was really good candy. But the dressing up was always the fun part! I remember being glad that my sister was young enough that I had her to give me an excuse to dress up!

  • good2Bqueen

    October 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    At my house, all are welcome.  It’s usually pretty chilly by the time Halloween rolls around so we keep a table with hot coffee and pumpkin bread and finger sandwiches for the adults and hot chocolate and candy for the kids.  We used to get a few “entitled” teens, but usually, even if they aren’t dressed up, they enjoy our decorations and treats enough that they smile and say thank you.

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  • mostlyfitmom

    October 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

    The only problem I’ve had with older trick-or-treaters is that a few have come late, after we’ve turned off the lights, expecting treats, and then get mad when we answer the door and say we’re out of treats.  Has happened more than once.  And they weren’t really dressed up.  Of course, we’ve probably had lots of older trick-or-treaters who were dressed up and maybe seemed a little tall, but we just didn’t notice because they were dressed up and polite.  Have no problem if older kids want to come to my door, as long as they’re polite (I have a higher tolerance for impolite 5 year olds, because they’re just so darn excited about Halloween).

  • Tammy

    October 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I would have no problem if an adult trick-or-treated at my house, so long as they 1) have on a costume, and 2) actually say, “trick-or-treat.” Nothing irritates me more than when a kid (of any age) just stands there staring at me with his bag open when I open the door.

  • rachel

    October 16, 2011 at 12:06 am

    how young is too young to trick-or-treat? we’ve had adults in plain clothes come to the door with their babies dressed up and hold out their bag for candy. babies, like can’t even walk or talk little cuties. must be the new neighborhood we are in as i have never experienced that anywhere else before.

    • Samantha

      October 28, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      I never said “trick-or-treat”, even as a kid. I always just said hello or something of the sorts and happy Halloween. I never liked it when people forced me to say “trick-or-treat” for my candy.

  • tasterspoon

    October 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    @Rachel, my baby will be 1 year old and we’re going to carry her around, and she actually has a little bag because it is so darn cute (it’s a 5″ felt candy corn!), but she doesn’t eat candy and my hips don’t need it so we’ll just peek in and admire the decorations as other kids ring the bell and get their treats. Fortunately our neighborhood Halloween is so lively it won’t be difficult for us to hover and admire. And my husband, the baby and I will all be in costume. If we were in a quieter neighborhood we would not impose but I love dressing up so we’d have a party for babies at the house. I agree that parents scoring candy for themselves is greedy and strange.

  • Rosana

    October 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    My birthday is on Halloween and I trick-or-treated until my 18th birthday 🙂 I still absolutely love to dress up. Having a masquerade party for my 25th next year 🙂 Anyway, I think it’s ridiculous to put an age limit on trick-or-treating. I always wore a costume and said “Trick-or-treat” so as long as everyone is doing that I think you shoud be allowed. I don’t go trick-or-treating anymore unless I’m with kids though 🙂 Just my personal decision 🙂

  • Valorie

    October 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    As we got older (late jr. high and high school), my friends and I started trick or treating for UNICEF.  Then, we started designing our own mini “haunted houses” for the young kids in the neighborhood.  I remember making tombstones out of cardboard boxes and spray paint, saving my babysitting money to run down to Salvation Army to buy wigs and white sheets, asking Mom to spring for a black-light bulb for the front porch.  THOSE were the days…

  • Kabe

    October 19, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Maybe it’s just where I live, but my friends and I trick or treated until we were seniors in HS … and were far from the only ones who did so. We dressed up, politely said “trick or treat” and “thank you” at each door and never had anyone look at us like we were strange for trick or treating.

    Of course, I’m a huge fan of Halloween. 🙂 I’m 22 and a graduate student and seriously considering trick or treating this year just for the fun of it! I may take the kids up the street I sit for, to give their mom a break … or I might go alone, since I get mistaken for a high schooler constantly anyway! 🙂 Regardless if I take the kids or go solo, I’ll be trick-or-treating for UNICEF.

  • Kelsi

    October 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

    When I was about 16, I went with my best friend. We did not dress up… But we DID dress up our two cats (hers as a pumpkin, in an orange suit like you get for babies, mine as a clown, with a spotted ruff and pointy hat)!! It was quite silly.

    Some people were snobbish about it and seemed reluctant to give us anything; others found it absolutely hilarious and offered us extra! We laugh about it to this day, and it’s one of the best Halloween-related memories of my life!

    We came from a really small town, and teenagers would do drugs and get into trouble out of sheer boredom. Instead, we got creative and acted like total dorks. Which is better for a city, really?? I would DEFINITELY get a bit outraged to find our town had since banned from any age!

  • Ashley

    October 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Agree with pretty much everyone else…a costume + positive attitude = candy, regardless of age. I only felt compelled to chime in because “fairy-whore” is going to have me snickering all afternoon, so thanks!

  • angie

    October 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    i helped with my 2nd graders halloween party at school last year. A little girl came up to me and said “Guess what I am!” i had to stop myself from saying “whore” out loud. I had to examine her fishnet stockings, weave laden hair, short short black lace edged skirt and finally got to her red with black polka dot lace up bodice before I guessed “lady bug?”. We make our costumes at home too.

    • Alan H

      October 31, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Dear, Lord.. That’s really mean and judgemental of you. There’s nothing wrong with dressing skimpily, and you should be more mature and kind than that. I definitely think you should STOP participating in Halloween if you’re going to judge people trying to have fun.. horrible.

      • Holly

        October 31, 2014 at 11:01 pm

        She said it was a 2nd grader, not a college student… did you miss that part?

        • Patty

          October 27, 2015 at 1:25 am

          Exactly why that comment was disturbing…she called a second grader a whore. She’s a child just trying to have fun and get candy like any other child on Halloween. To me, that’s an innocent child wearing a costume. Not a college student purposely showing off her body. Never ever call a child a whore, that’s just wrong!

      • Becca

        October 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm

        some people cant afford a costume like when I was a kid there was a big family that lived next to me and they did not have the money to get costumes so they all were nice dress shirts (they all were boys) and when I asked them what they were they said they were lawyers and office workers and stuff like that so I think that unless they are like 16 years old give them candy

  • lazza

    October 21, 2011 at 4:36 am

    my dad was a firm believer in the creative quality of halloween, and if i wasn’t living in new zealand now half a world away (where halloween is still catching on), i would be continuing his trend in making the scariest house on the street that kids came from all over town to see. 

    at any rate, the teenagers in no costume used to bug him so when some of them arrived, i (as a kid) after my own trick or treating would hide on the porch to scare them in some way. usually posing as a dead body or mummy or something else sitting very still until they dared each other to find out if i was real, then grab onto one of them and hold on like a rabid terrier. always scared the hell out of them.

    and to top it off, dad would keep a collection of old ketchup/hot sauce packets etc from the year or other odd things that end up in your kitchen – twist ties etc. and hide them in the bottom of the candy bowl. when he got the teenagers-o-non-effort, grab his hand down to the bottom and palm one or two sauce packets into their bag without them noticing. 

    passive aggressive way to deal with them and keep in the spirit of halloween!

  • a suburban kitchen

    October 25, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Never too old for trick or treat! Let them do it as long as they like.

    • joanne

      October 29, 2015 at 1:36 am

      I agreyor never to old to trick or treat as long you are dressed in a costume and say the words (trick or treat

  • CarrieO

    October 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Amen to your post! I agree with all of it. 🙂

  • Julie and little Oliver

    October 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    This is quite interesting reading for me, because I’m from Norway and we don’t really celebrate Halloween in Norway. Not until recently anyway. Now the tradition has rubbed off from television and the internet and it seems like everybody dresses up on american tv-shows. I think it was According to Jim where the whole family went trick or treating, including the aunt and uncle. Does anyone do that?

    As for the 12+ ban it seems kind of strange for me to have that kind of regulations. If they dress up and behave I really don’t see the problem.
    In Norway we have a simular tradition between christmas and new years where people dress as “nisser” (a kind of small santas that live in the barns) and if older teens go this round with costumes they can get a glass of Akevitt which is typical for xmas in Norway (but you are often asked if you are 18 which is the legal drinking age in Norway).

  • mom@42

    October 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    i fully intend to let my daughter determine when she is too old – the same way my mom did (yikes!) almost 30 yrs ago. when i hit 12 or 13 , i was very tall for my age and though, we knew most if not all neighbors in our subdivision, by then .. my bff and i dressed up and hid in the bushes – scaring the pants out of the other kids =D

  • Victoria

    October 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    My friends and I were contemplating going trick or treating, and we are all in at least our junior year of college. It beats going to the filled parties with bunny whores running rampant. I personally see nothing wrong with going out with friends at any age to fulfill a tradition that has been popular for hundreds of years. The only limitations that exist are the ones that society imposes. If an 80 year old wants to go trick or treating, why would you stop grandpa from fulfilling his little old heart’s desire of having fun and reliving his childhood? There’s no need to be close-minded and the reason most people are probably upset is because they cannot go themselves. Cheer up, eat a Reeses in your “box dice” costume. It will make your golden years.

  • Betsy

    October 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    My Best friend and I went when we where in college before we had kids.. But we dressed up and had fun with it, we did tag along with my niece and nephew.. so we where actually taking kids also. But we had a great time and we collected candy only at a few houses not all of them.. lol .. but great things about having kids is dressing them up and watching them have fun no matter how old. My mom even helped us with our costumes.. two old ladies.. down to walkers and canes it was one of my most favorite memory ever.

  • Andrea C.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I don’t mind older kids trick-or-treating in costume. What I mind are the really big kids–big enough to be pushing their own kids in a stroller–trick-or-treating for both themselves and the baby in the stroller. Sometimes the baby has a costume, sometimes not. I started buying baby-appropriate treats to hand out to these trick-or-treaters. If I’m giving a treat to a baby, I think it should be something the baby can eat: animal crackers, etc. 

  • Denise

    October 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Here’s my take on this…  I always LOOKED older than I was, so I was TOLD at 9 years old that I was TOO OLD to trick or treat, and that hurt my VERY YOUNG feelings.  So, now that I have kids of my own, I won’t EVER tell them they are too old to go out!  It’s safe, it’s fun, it’s not hurting anyone, and with all the other things kids COULD be doing at night, I would much rather they do this!  Anyone, any age, who comes to my door within reasonable hours, IN COSTUME, gets candy.  That’s my only condition, have fun with it, be a little creative.  No jeans and hoodies, have to be in costume, and I have to say, most of the teens around here are VERY creative with their costumes, it’s fun to watch.  If they ever get rude, and they haven’t in the five years we’ve been here, I might rethink my stance.

  • aimee

    October 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    My son is 13 and wants to go…he’s all about the candy! We moved to this neighborhood a little over a year ago and according to him “we hit the jackpot!” The neighbors give out great candy! My rule is that if you want to go trick or treating, I’m fine as long as you dress up. Seriously, make SOME effort!!! I don’t like the teenagers (and adults!!) that come without a costume and want candy. My husband interrogates kids who aren’t in costume and won’t give them candy until they can tell him something that they are dressed as! My son might not be walking the neighborhood this year dressed as a bunny or a clown or a superhero, but if he wants candy he WILL be in some sort of costume!

  • Julie

    October 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    If a kid wants to trick or treat let them; who cares how old the kid is. If you don’t want to give out candy then don’t give it out. People just seem to love to have something to gripe about. Halloween and trick or treating is supposed to be fun. What are we going to do? Start requiring proof of age from trick or treater’s?

  • ellen

    October 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    the person that looked at you funny must have gotten cut off too early…i love it and we live where we have no trick or’s all about fun..i say 13 they start getting tired of it and would rather hand out candy…but have never heard of a cut off age..

  • Berneice

    October 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I think around 11 or 12 is a good age to quit, but if they have a good attitude up to about 14. older than 14 should probably have a party with friends.

    • Iceywolf

      October 31, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      11 or 12 is still really young and having a party instead at 14, I doubt most parents would let there 14 year old go to a party unless it’s with friends but I think as long as they dress up and are polite they should be able to go trick or treating like no one is too old for free candy 

  • Joyce

    October 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    When I was growing up it was for grade school kids.  I still think that’s the way it should be. Any older than that and it just seems greedy to me.  Also, man of the older ones tend to just run over the little ones in order to get as much candy as possible.  Let’s keep it for the little ones.

  • katphish

    October 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    As long as they are still dressing up and having fun I see nothing wrong with letting them do it until they are out of high school. Once they are in college that diff. But then again, once you have your own kids, you usually dress up and go out with them. So it seems that there is a very little window of where it would not be appropriate to trick or treat. go for it and have fun.

    • Justine

      June 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Yeah I agree. BUT, I think anyone can go at any age as long as 
      1.They have on a costume (and not just their school uniform or something like that)
      2. Say trick or treat 
      3. Has a positive, polite attitude
      4.Doesn’t ruin it for all the younger kids, or anyone else.

  • tep1031

    October 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I think teenage trick or treaters should have a costume just like the younger kids. Other than that, they will quit on their own before they are out of high school.

    @good2Bqueen – I would love to trick or treat your house!

  • walkssosoft

    October 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    i had trick or treaters that were ages 9 months to 50 plus years 2 years ago. I loved seeing each and everyone of them comming and having a great time trick or treating. I don’t care what age you are if you dress up and are doing it all in fun that is the name of the game. You are only as young as you feel and I love to see people have good clean fun. Put a sign on your door if you didn’t care enough to dress the part of a trick or treater don’t bother knocking for treats.

  • Lana

    October 29, 2011 at 12:52 am

     Look at all the adult parties each year.That shows you there are plenty of older people that enjoy Halloween and it’s not just for kids up to age 12. My daughter and niece looked young for their age and treat or treated unti they were 18. Halloween is suppose to be a fun time of year so if teenagers want to go in costume from door to door I say, Let them enjoy themselves!  

  • natalie

    October 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    would you rather have me wearing slutty costumes to a party like typical teenagers do on halloween? im 18 and i cant wait to go trick or treating on monday with my friends!

  • Katherine

    October 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I wanted to comment on this, seeing as I’m 14 and going trick or treating tomorrow. I’m part of the unpopular crowd, and I don’t get invited to Halloween parties. My friends and I have spent literally an entire month putting together our costumes. I personally am going as a sith (for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a jedi that has fallen to the dark side of the force). We’re going trick or treating like we have every year since we were little kids. All the unpopular kids in my town do this. My sister is a senior in high school and she’s going trick or treating with her friends. They’re going as parents who take their babies trick or treating. No really, their costumes are hilarious. So like most people have said as long as we’re in costume and polite, what’s the problem?

  • Catherine

    October 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I Trick or Treated until my senior year in high school, but I always made an effort to have a creative and recognizable costume.  I think the age laws are silly and that cities should be spending their resources on more important things.  How on earth do they think they are going to enforce such a law?  Position a cop at every door?  Have kids show their IDs?  Give me a break,  

  • Amy

    October 31, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Halloween is a time for all ages to dress up silly. Anyone in a costume is welcome to my candy.

  • MommaFergie

    October 31, 2011 at 11:15 am

    As long as you say Trick-or-Treat you’ll get candy from me. Heck I’m 32 and my own mom gives me presents from “Santa” for Christmas 🙂  It makes me smile and feel like a little kid again. Have some fun and enjoy the holidays.. they are a time for everyone to remember the magic.

  • Alison

    October 31, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Why do people have to be such scrooges sometimes? It’s just candy! I say as long as you have a costume and you’re polite, you can trick or treat as long as you like. You’re never too old to embrace your inner child. 🙂

  • Heather

    October 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I will let the boys trick or treat as long as they want, like you said adulthood is forever.

  • Nelson's Mama

    October 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Any age is welcome at my door as long as they are in costume and polite.  Sometimes it’s more fun to see the creative things the older kids come up with!

    I trick or treated until I was a senior in high-school.  My grandmother and all of her neighbors still EXPECTED me and my group of friends.  They had regular candy bars saved for us; they were a part of our childhood, and were probably as reluctant to see us grow-up as we were to become adults.

  • Cara

    October 31, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I don’t care how old as long as they have costumes on.

  • Lucinda

    October 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I love when the teenagers show up because it means they are having fun and they aren’t causing trouble.  Like someone above said, if they don’t have a costume, I tell them they at least need to say trick-or-treat which usually gets a grin.  Banning at a certain age just sounds like a need to control the situation which is silly.  I would be sad for my kids if someone else decided for them at which age they should stop.  Like you said, they usually decide on their own.

  • Cath Young

    October 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    No age limit for the “treating”. The problem is that some of them come “a-tricking, and that can segue into vandalism, just like that.

    But even with just a hoodie,and mumbling, they get candy at my house. I’m sad that in our neighborhood so few kids go door to door anymore on Halloween.

  • Leeann

    October 31, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I have three kids, ages 16, 13 and nearly 10. All three of them are out Trick or Treating tonight and all three are in costume. 

    My rules are simple: 

    Kids must be in full costume, not a lame costume or crummy t-shirt.

    You  must be going with friends I know and you must be very nice to small children and adults (and everyone in between.)

    You must say Thank You!

    I do think you need to know your kids. If they truly enjoy the fun of the holiday and it is innocent fun, then fine. First wind I get of one of them being sh*tty in any way, and their Trick or Treat days are over!

  • Sharon m.

    October 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    All trick-or-treaters’ are welcome at my house on Halloween, with or without a costume, as long as they are polite. I can’t believe that anyone ever tells a child that they are too old. Who made them king? I agree…let kids be kids for as long as they can.

  • Kelley

    November 1, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I think through high school age is completely fine.  I don’t even have a problem with under twenty, if they are polite and in costume.  However, what I do have a problem with is parents who bring their kids digging into the candy supply for themselves.  I don’t want to start a war on my front porch so I have tolerated it so far, but it seems pretty ridiculous to me.  

  • meredith

    November 1, 2011 at 7:05 am

    My 13 year old decided she didn’t want to this year. She handed out candy with her friends. But if she decides to get dressed up and trick or treat in the next couple of years, why not? Let kids be kids.

  • Brigitte

    November 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Last night we saw tons of teenagers trick-or-treating, all in costume and having fun, and I see nothing wrong with it whatsoever. Heck, I’d give candy to people MY age as long as they’re in costume!

  • Sewmouse

    November 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Last nite I had kids from about 6 months (in mom’s arms, in a ladybug outfit made from polar fleece – I almost cried from the cute overload) to well into-teens. I give them all candy. I even throw an occasional candy out to their escort parents on the sidewalk. It’s a piece of cheap candy. It’s not like I’m handing out Rolexes. The kids smile, they’re all polite, and everyone gets candy.
    My folks used to get all traumatized by the older kids coming around, and I to this day still think it is rather ridiculous. It is a nite for fun, and the child in me loves being the one to answer the door!

  • Casey

    November 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I have no problem with older trick-or-treaters… as long as they are in costume! Heck, I trick-or-treated in high school with my youth group every year. It is a fun activity that doesn’t involve drinking or smoking or making out behind the school. I’m all for it 🙂

  • liz

    November 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    As long as they’re in costume, I don’t care if they’re in college.

    Especially if they put actual thought and effort into the costume.

  • Carolyn

    November 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Are you EVER too old to dress up? We have a yearly Fall Ball (see website link for this year’s pics) that we usually theme. This year’s theme was cartoon characters. Not ONE adult showed up without a costume.

    But I think the problem is that many kids believe that they don’t have to dress up. THAT is where people have issues. You make an effort, I’ll give you candy. You don’t make an effort and you’ll still get candy, but I won’t guarantee what year it’s from.

    And really, it doesn’t always take a huge effort. My 13 year old went as a “Got Milk?” billboard. I thought it was hysterical.

  • Sharon

    November 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I am happy to have high school kids come to my door.  A costume is nice and acting polite, of course.  I did feel a bit miffed though when full fledged (30ish) adults came begging.  When my husband asked one woman if she wasn’t a little old she replied “Mama needs some candy too”.  Another adult (this time a man) told my husband that he was collecting for his pregnant daughter.  A costumed high schooler would be a breath of fresh air after them….

  • Joy H

    November 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I’m over the mini-whores and constant gore too. I don’t think there is a set age for teens as long as they are in costume and being respectful; don’t they want to ‘have parties’ at some point anyway.

    Adults trick-or-treating is just strange.

  • Lish

    November 2, 2011 at 12:06 am

    My town has an age limit of 12.  I’m not sure what will happen if you are caught, but I heard a rumor your parent will be fined.  *eyeroll*  My town also has a huge Halloween parade each year that is far more popular than actual trick-or-treating.  Kids, adults, and pets of all ages dress up and collect tons of candy that’s thrown from the floats.  Every few years a group of teens will not mind their manners and will overpower the little kids for candy which causes a big brouhaha about enforcing an age limit of 12 for the parade as well (on who can collect the candy, not attend).  But most of the time the teens and adults don’t really take the candy they catch, but instead give it to the little kids around them.  

    Honestly, I don’t care how old you are as long as you are in a costume.  But then again, I’m the evil person who will grab the smaller “icky candy” bowl for those over the age who try to ToT in a sports team hoody and grocery bag.

  • Sarah

    November 2, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I agree that teens should have costumes, and my family always turned out the lights once it got too late for the younger kids to be out anyway.  I teach grade 7 and 8 and some of my students had great costumes yesterday! (No gore or weapons for school though).

    When I have had a few older kids come by without costumes (“hockey player” or “skateboarder” usually) I would ask for a joke or a song instead before they got their candy.

    This year I was a Halloween grinch though – I fell asleep after work, and when I woke at 7:30 I left the lights off, grabbed a snack for dinner, then hid at the back of the house to work on report cards.  Whoops!

  • Jackie

    November 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

    IMO as long a the child is dressing up and makig any kind of effort I have no problem giving them candy. It’s he kids that come up to the door with a pillow case and no costume that is annoying. I still give them candy only because as you stated they grow upto fast as it is. They also could be throw eggs at cars and houses. So as long as they are getting candy and are happy what does it matter?

  • Samantha

    November 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    As long as they have a costume and are respectful, they get candy. I’ll give out candy to parents too if they’re dressed up. Why not? It’s all in good fun!

  • SuperMomWannabe

    November 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I agree – always though desired trumped age.  And I agree they seem to “wean themselves” usually sometime in middle school.  I know we still get a lot of teenagers trick or treating at our door, though some of them forget their costumes (that’s when you know they’re just out to get a bunch of candy I guess) If they’re having a good time, then why not?

  • edj

    November 3, 2011 at 2:00 am

    I think any age is fine as long as they are in costume and still totally excited. My kids grew up in northwest Africa, and this year marked their second Halloween ever. (not counting when they were babies…) They are 14. There was no way I would tell them they were too old! They dressed up and had a blast! My 16 y/o thought he was too old and didn’t go, and it made me sad. I saw other kids out there who had to be at least his age, and imo, he should get to experience Halloween at least once more from the kids’ end of things. (I also took a bunch of Iraqi refugee kids trick-or-treating for their first time ever! Needless to say, it was a huge hit with them)

  • norfolk1890

    November 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Never too old !!! Our street is Halloween central – blocked to cars from 5 – 7:30. Truly – one of the most fun nights in our town. It is great to see parents dressing up along with their kids and the teenagers who dress up (or not) are pretty inventive. I’ve given candy to a whole generation of teenagers by now ever since they were little. I tell the older kids to come back toward the end of the night and whatever I have left is all theirs. No candy sitting around begging to be eaten on November 1 and happy teenagers. Yea !!

  • amy

    November 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I was at home alone giving out candy this Halloween and a guy that had to be 20 yrs old (because we live in a college town?) was at the door trick-or -treating. It freaked me out, and he was really creepy.

    That being said, often teenagers who put some effort into a funny or entertaining costume are my absolute favorite Trick-Or-Treaters.  Because they make an effort, I usually give them extra candy.

    What annoys me more:babies being pushed in a stroller with greedy parents hoisting a huge bag of treats.  You are too small for that much trick-or-treating!

  • Katherine Scott

    September 21, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Honestly, as long as someone had a costume on (and that costume had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Florida gators) (bonus for a georgia bulldogs costume) i would give them candy. 

  • Amanda

    October 12, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I am almost sixteen, and I’ve just got to say that I love trick or treating, admittedly far more than parties. I’ve gone out trick or treating every year, with my younger siblings as well as my older sister, who is five years my senior. We all dress up in elaborate yet tasteful costumes that we put a lot of thought into, and that, paired with our politeness, always pays off.  We have yet to have anyone turn us down for being too old, likely because we make sure to be polite and friendly, and people certainly enjoy our costumes. I believe that there shouldn’t be an age limit, and that as long as you still love trick or treating and put effort into your costume, are polite, don’t go ringing people’s doorbells when they have their lights out etc then you definitely should not be denied.

  • Riley

    October 20, 2013 at 11:50 am

    As a 16-year-old, I think you should be able to Trick or Treat until at least 18-20 years old, or I suppose until you feel like its pointless to travel town just to get candy.

  • Ana

    October 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    NEVER too old. My bf and I did it 2 years ago we were both 33 then. We dressed up dressed our yorkie up and went around our neighborhood. Everyone loved it and of course the dog got more treats than we both did! Lol last year we bought a house in another city. We still dressed up (with our yorkie) but decided to take our golf cart out handing out candy to those walking and occasionally stopping at some neighbors homes to chat and get candy. Again everyone thought it was pretty cool. ❤️ South Florida

  • Grace

    October 27, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I’m 15 and this year me and my 2 friends were planing on dressing up in costumes (homemade but actually costumes!), and not thinking much of it I didn’t think my parents would mind but when I asks today I was told I was not aloud because I am “to old” personally I found that very messed up if you want to dress up as go trick or treating for fun then you should be aloud to go I you just go around asking for candy you shouldn’t trick or treat but I think why they said is just rude because u personally know older couples who live dressing. Up together and go trick or treating and they don’t even have kids they just enjoy trick or treating so what my parents said by being “to old” is wrong because that’s like telling everyone with or without kids that are over a certain age limit is not aloud to go so meaning if you have a 5 year old the parents want to be able to dress up with them and take them trick it treating they shouldn’t be aloud because they are “to old”. Which is completely wrong thats why u strongly believe if you enjoy trick or treating and dressing up at any age do it! Sony let anyone stop you!

  • jess

    October 28, 2013 at 3:17 am

    I’ve been reading the other comments and I’m wondering how on earth can it be greedy to trick or treat past 14? My daughter is 16 and wants to go out and I don’t understand why that’s an issue?? Isnt it supposed to be for all kids? Its ridiculous that some people should cop an attitude because they feel in “Their” opinion that kids in their teens are too old. Who died and made them the Halloween police? I agree with many of the people that as long as your in costume and respectful you should be able to participate in this holiday that has never had an age limit. Its really sad that now a days eveyone feels like they have to regulate what everyone else is doing if “They” in their opinion don’t agree with it. Does that mean only little kids should hunt easter eggs? Why get presents at Christmas from santa when your older? Is that being too greedy? Give me a break. We live in a country that is over run with a ridiculous amount of political correctness and people with opinions thinking they know best for everyone because that’s what they think or would do. Let the kids tricm or treat no matter how stinkin old they are. Its fun and keeps them out of trouble. Kids are growing up too fast as it.

    • Hil X

      November 1, 2014 at 1:43 am

      Sadly Jess, you are also living in a country of excess. Over the top commercial reactions to what were traditionally festivals celebrating religious events are a perfect example. All Hallows Eve Precedes the Christian feast of All Saints Day, followed immediately by All Souls Day, (which was the scary one because you didnt want to be caught by a dead soul!) and the true meaning of the Christmas holiday has by and large been replaced by commercialism and how much money we can pour into the coffers of the capitalists. Perhaps a return, just once, to how Hallowe’en and Christmas were celebrated might put all of this hoipolloi into its proper perspective. Respect for time honoured traditions comes immediately to mind, and I for one would love once again to see the reverence and feel the atmospheres on those less commercialised, more respectful occasions.

  • lee

    October 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    i think 15 is too old.

  • Ravenalyse

    October 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I think as long as your still in high school and younger. Your still a kid. So you want to go trick or treating go ahead. But dress up and make it fun. If your running around in jeans and a t shirt. You might just want candy an that’s fine but At least show your trying and try to come up with some type of outfit. If you cant afford a costume, thats when you have to get creative. Throw a white sheet on and look your a ghost! But you have to realize kids now days are looking older and are built differently. So they might only be 12 but look 17 or 18. So don’t judge and if you come to my door dressed up. In gonna give candy regardless.

  • Analise

    October 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I think that…well, I think that you’re still a KID in SOMEONE’S view always, and you’re still young if you’re in college and etc. and there shouldn’t be anyone stopping you at any age to DRESS UP at the least…and yeah, you still count as a kid until…a LONG TIME but in trick-or-treating’s sense, I would be REALLY MAD to be robbed of my childhood, because even in high school, as long as they are respectful, who am i kidding EVERYONE should be respectful, then they can get candy. Also, effort works. But yeah. 🙂

    • hannahloveshunter

      October 28, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      I agree 🙂

      • kaity

        April 8, 2015 at 2:09 pm

        yeah me tooo

  • amaya

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  • Emily

    September 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I was raised by my father to always get super involved in halloween. I always will because it is the one time of year when it is socially acceptable to act like a kid. My father dressed up(in his 40s and 50s) as something scary and scared other trick or treaters while he took me out on halloween. It was my favorite night every year. The last time I trick or treated was when I was 16 but we weren’t lazy about it. We went to the older communities fully dressed up and sang classic songs to everyone who opened the door. It was late enough that most of them ended up giving us the rest of their candy. My point is that you should never put a limit on the happiness that comes from acting like a child. It will keep them younger, longer.

  • hannaloveshunter

    October 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    ok, look, I am 20 and I do it with my friend (he is almost 18) its so much fun guys!!!!!!! and we actually dress up, not like allot of kids and adults who don’t. there is no age limit, people are so nice to me to, they compliment me and are so nice hahah and then we go home and watch slasher films and stuff so its a blast. have fun every one no matter what you age is and remember the Halloween spirit 🙂

  • Francisca

    October 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I’m going trick or treating for the first time (at 16!) with my younger siblings and I’m actually scared to get judged for my age. 

  • Breezy

    October 30, 2014 at 9:52 am

    The only problem I have is with parents trick or treating with infants. The parents obviously want the candy for themselves. There comes a time when people need to stay home and have the fun of seeing the costumes and happy faces of little kids. Wait until your child is old enough to really enjoy getting dressed up and going trick or treating. I started my children at 2 years old and only just to the neighbors homes. That was enough for them. As for teenagers, as long as they are polite and make an effort to dress up!

  • UNO

    October 31, 2014 at 6:25 am

    So far this year my 12yr old daughter is catching grief about dressing up. We (my 10 son, daughter,and I)went to a festival and when she played the games they would not give her the candy..:-(.. Then we went to a trunk or treat and one was rude and said “how old are you?!”while rolling her eyes. I told my daughter if anyone else has a problem with your participating to tell them at least your not out stealing little kids bags of candy..Every year we try to do fun things together as a family,, and it is irritating that people can be rude. She is dressed head to toe in a cute costume she put together on her own..

  • Too Old To Trick-Or-Treat - effedAt40

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    October 31, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    at 12 your too old to go like something lame! 12-18 should be the best time of your life! here some of the youngest trick or treaters are 13 yrs old sooo

  • Melissa

    October 31, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    As long as children and teenagers are wearing costumes they deserve to go trick or treating. Even when I was a teenager I still went trick or treating and only stopped when I became 19 (basically when I graduated highschool and enter the adult world — my how I missed being a child).

    But for adults, however…sorry but I’m not impressed. Just had an older woman ring my doorbell asking for treats and she was all alone. First thing that came to mind was that she wanted to take advantage of getting free candy. Though it was weird because no one hardly comes to my neighbor anymore…it’s too dark, quiet and empty. I also think that parents using their infants as an excuse to get candy isn’t appealing as well. Toddlers I can understand, but babies? No.

  • Jane K. Scott

    October 31, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    My rule of thumb is that you’re NEVER too old for Halloween. You can dress up in any costume no matter the age. However, when it comes to trick or treating the age stops at 18 when society views you as an adult — or when you graduate high school. At that point you stop being a child and take adult responsibilities. Besides, at 18 I was more interested in partying with my friends then trick or treating with the little ones.

  • Rebecca

    October 31, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I was physically fully developed and tall by the time I was 12, but that didn’t mean that I wasn’t still 12. My friends and I trick-or-treated all the way up through high school, always wore costumes that we had planned out for days, and had a great time on Halloween going around getting candy, seeing all the decorations and other costumes and oohing and aahing over the cute kids. No one ever gave us any trouble or tried to lecture us about being “too old.” There’s no such thing as being too old. I remember living in an apartment a few years later and the adult couple (with no kids) who lived next door to us went out trick-or-treating wearing cow costumes. No reason to be a fuddy duddy to anyone who is putting in an effort to have some holiday fun!

  • Hil X

    November 1, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I guess any kid up to about 13 is welcome to trick or treat at my door, but not after 9 pm. After about 5 seconds past 9, I turn into a very crotchety, old hag and I won’t distribute any treats … to anyone but me!! This year was a first for this reaction. I’ve had no “older” callers for the past couple years so assumed my little friends had gotten their fill from me and all the other neighbors and had gone off to their beds to dream of spooks and ghouls. The teenage wanderers arrived at almost 10, when all my Hallowe’en regalia (including *almost* all of the candy) had been restocked in my kitchen cabinets, so I was peeved they’d arrived so late, after all goodies were put away, and peeved with myself for being so peevish and such a wet blanket!! 
    So, what time (if any) should be a *reasonable* curfew for these young lads and lasses to curtail their greedy instincts and cease stocking up on tooth rotting jelly candy, chocolate, potato chips, along with some  mandarins and apples for healthy balance?? ❔❔❔
    BTW, I live alone with my LOUD, BARKY, GROWLY dogs in a small housing development in the North West of Ireland, where fireworks are illegal … But some manage to be secreted across the border from where they’re legal in Northern Ireland, into the Republic!  Noise wise, strangely enough, this year has been vewwy vewwy qwiet  ……  

  • Hil X

    November 1, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Apologies, I appear to have posted my Mizziz Grumpy Crotchetty post twice. It seems I am doubly peevish tonight!!

  • meredith

    November 2, 2014 at 1:04 am

    There is nothing more strange than opening the door to a teen. Halloween is for the kids, in their childhood. Trick or treating for them is not all about candy and costumes. It’s the mystery behind the holiday, the feeling. Children should only be allowed this opportunity because it’s their time to experience it. There needs to be some age restriction because people need to understand that this holiday tradition is for only kids. To me, somewhere in middle school the child should decide to stop.

    • mandy jones

      October 16, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Said who? Tricker-treating maybe for kids under 14, but Halloween is for everyone. I can’t stand people like you. People who think that only those 12 and under can have fun.

  • darlene

    August 26, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I went out trick or treating 2014, the first time since 1997. I was dressed up and only went to selected houses that were dressed up for Halloween because as an adult, it only fair. I was out and about for at least 2 hours and went to 10 houses at most. One house I went to, they were sitting in their garage with the door open, handing out candy, they kind of looked at me, suspicious of being to old. So I did a little dance and sang “I may be too old to trick or treat, but you’re never too old for Halloween. So I do this little dance in hopes for a treat!” One smiled, one laughed and I got a super mini aero bar. I wasn’t upset at it being small, but happy I got a little something

  • Rachel

    September 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I babysat for three kids until I was nineteen, their mother worked on trick-or-treat night (usually was the 30th) so I took them. They lived in a small town that I had attended school in, so mostly everyone knew us. That being said, everyone was more than happy to give me some extra candy due to the fact that the two girls wanted me to dress up and that they knew if their wasn’t an equal amount of candy I split it up till it was. To this day in that town there are still some adults that Trick or treat for that reason. No one has a problem with it. 

  • Sky

    September 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I’m in high school right now and my friends and I have gone out trick or treating for as long as I can remember. I think the age doesn’t matter. I have had people tell me I’m to old. Even an old lady did when I was 13 and had a home made costume. My little brother doesn’t go trick or treating any more and there’s no problem with that I don’t see why people say little kids have to go trick or treating but as soon as there in say 6th grade there to old. A person should be able to chose when they want to stop going out.

  • Jolie B.

    October 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I won’t give treats to older kids who can’t be be bothered to be in some sort of costume, even if they just got some of those stick-on wounds and stuff and a little fake blood and do a zombie sort of thing. I’m Pagan. For me the trick-or-treat is actually tied into the roots of my religion. So, if you want the candy, you’d better put in the effort of a costume. 

  • Dee

    October 18, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I didn’t have a problem until one Halloween a few years back when my doorbell rang at 3 in the afternoon and it was 2 college age guys begging for candy. They didn’t have costumes and they seemed smug like they were daring me to turn them down. I felt threatened and I have hated trick-or-treat ever since! I love little kids on Halloween, but the older ones are mostly just out to take advantage of people. I also hate the fact that I feel I can’t say no because I might get my home vandalized. It really isn’t as fun as it used to be.

  • Tammy

    October 20, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I keep voter registration cards and drop them in the bag with candy. I also limit my candy purchase to $50. After it’s gone the porch light goes off which usually is before older teens go out.

  • Ericka

    October 22, 2015 at 5:50 am

    I have 3 daughters and I struggle with trying to find them the right costumes or between me and my mother in law we make them the right one so they don’t have to look skanky. As far as the kids that are punks that have bad attitudes and show up without even a Halloween shirt on I turn them away. I don’t like disrespectful kids who think it’s ok to behave that way. I also wonder what parent let their teenager walk out of the house like that I know I wouldn’t let my 15 year old walk out without at least a costume on. After reading this post I think if my daughter wants to go trick or treating I think I will let her go even though I had said no before. She has a couple of really sweet girl friends and they all want to dress up so I guess I don’t see a problem with it. Plus she’s tiny like me so people probably think she’s 12 Lol.

  • Ericka

    October 22, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I also should have noted that my daughters would rather have a handful of strawberries or raspberries any day than most chocolate bars. I guess I’m pretty lucky like that. The candy that they do collect always gets inspected by me and they only get a couple pieces per day so that way it lasts a while. I’m always the mom that buys the bags of pretzel sticks or something salty instead of sweet. I really hope the kids like the little mini bags of unpopped popcorn that they can make for a movie night sometime after trick or treating. 🙂

  • Alex

    October 22, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I don’t think it matters what age you trick or treat at I’m 32 now and I still do it. My kids have recently been debating if they are too old and I said if you want free sweets like I do trick or treat.

  • Jara

    October 24, 2015 at 1:02 pm

          There is a certain age to stop trick or treating. It’s usually 15 or 16, the reason that is, is that you could still go but its more right to monitor a little kid instead while their trick or treating. Most of the time , not always, people who had out candy will hand out a few pieces to ones watching the little kids, I’m mean come on who likes walking around for 2-4 hours without a little candy, and most adults know that because they’ve most likely been in your shoes. Anyhow, the more houses you go to the more candy you can have from the little one. Have fun ❤

  • Natalie

    October 27, 2015 at 7:05 am

    I think adults shouldn’t trick or treat. I mean we need someone to hand out the sweets. Kids and adults over 14 hand out sweets, and under 15’s trick or treat. But if an older teen takes a younger kid, then they should get sweets aswell.

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  • Emily

    October 29, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I’m 17 years old and my boyfriend and I are dressing up in full costume and going trick or treating. We aren’t like most 17 year olds, we actually appreciate Halloween for what it is. We also go a golden puppy a few months ago and we want to dress him up and take him with us. We are going to be Chanel and Chad from Scream Queens, and our puppy is going to be the red devil. I think there is nothing wrong with us wanting to dress up and go trick or treating. We like candy, and its the only time of the year that we can dress up as someone else/something else and not get judged for it! I think there is no age limit on trick or treating, as long as you do it for the right reasons. If you are 25 and you love halloween and you love candy and dressing up, go for it! there’s no reason that us teenagers should be judged for wanting to dress up and feel like a kid again and enjoy a fun night like everyone else rather than just sit by my front door and hand out candy. Not fun. Plus, my bf and I aren’t the “party” type of people. So we are going trick or treating, even though we are 17 years old, and I don’t care what other people say!

  • Emily

    October 29, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Honestly, if a teen comes to your door with a costume on, then they deserve candy. Obviously they care enough or else they wouldn’t have dressed up. People always complain about teens partying and being reckless, so if a teen is at YOUR door saying trick-or-treat rather than drinking alcohol and doing drugs at some party, then they definitely deserve some candy regardless if they are 15 or older

  • Rachel

    October 29, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I would hand out candy to teenagers but that was before they came up to the door and grabbed the hole bowl from my hands and now I have a sign I put out on Halloween that says “I don’t answer unless you have a costume”. Because we all know that teens can be a little obnoxious .
    I actually let my 11 year old daughter go out with her friends on Halloween and she said people came up to them in clown costumes and took their candy. I was devastated and so now she is afraid to go out and get 5 hours worth of candy get taken away and I don’t blame her.

  • Rebecca

    October 30, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I happen to be one of those teens that do go out and trick or treat… I just turned 18, and this was most likely going to be my last year trick or treating, but definitely not my last dressing up… Halloween has always been big in my family. I agree that those teens that don’t dress up, shouldn’t be so expecting of candy… my costume is also entirely home made… I already had jeggings, so all I did was by a cheap modest corset online and fabric to make a steampunk style jacket, and I am going as a Steampunk Harley Quinn…

  • Trina

    October 31, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I had a few groups of teenagers come to the door tonight. It’s fine with me as long as they at least put a little effort into a costume. There has to be a limit though. The guy that looked to be at least in his mid-twenties with no costume going door to door by himself was pathetic and a little creepy.

  • Lauren

    October 31, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Great article. I’m a recent college grad from the New York State suburbs.I trick or treated until 13, went to a party at 14, went to the NYC Greenwich village parade with an adult at 15, trick or treated one last time at 16 with a 14-year old friend and her elementary age sister. Let kids trick or treat as long as they want. It’s far better than TPing and egging. I agree that while blood and hookers are fine for adult parties, they’re a bit much for kids under middle school.

  • Leslie

    October 31, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I was searching on the internet to see what the norm was considered for trick-or-treating because I had a Facebook friend post a sign that said in the future anyone over 48 inches wouldn’t get candy. My daughter is 5 ft. 5 in. and is only 10 years old. She has been over 48 inches since she was 8 years old. You just can’t tell how old a person is by looking at them. Many of her friends look like they are in Kindergarten in my opinion. She looks like she is 14, and a big one at that! She can’t help it and it is bad enough most store bought costumes that fit her are made for slutty girls who want to show off their bosoms, so we usually make our own. What does it hurt to give a kid a cheap tootsie roll? It is the experience for them, anyway. 

  • Kalani

    November 1, 2015 at 2:03 am

    When a teen would rather trick r treat instead of causing trouble somewhere I’m all for it. If you don’t think that teens should trick r treat then please just keep it to yourself. My teenage son made this awesome lighted costume and was so excited when we went out as a family. He was trick r treating with his younger siblings, helping them to navigate yards, hold candy bags when he heard someone whisper to someone else that he was to old to be out there. This made him so sad he just quietly walked beside me and didn’t collect anymore candy. He gave his candy to the other kids and didn’t even turn on the lights on the costume anymore. Mean people need to just keep their mean comments to themselves. He’s a good kid who unfortunately felt his childhood ripped away one night by a few senseless words. I hope all the teens reading this continue to go out…dress up…be young at heart forever. I hope all the mean people reading this just keep their comments to themselves, don’t make anyone sad on such a fun night…it’s only candy people, candy and a smile. Don’t break anyone’s heart.

  • Kalani

    November 1, 2015 at 2:16 am

    BTW…for those who may say it’s about time for him to grow up anyway..he’s got a part time job, an honor student and plays school sports. There’s nothing wrong with teens just wanting to have fun. I know there’s rude teens, but most are not. It’s not fair to think that they’re all going to create trouble.

  • Boodle

    November 1, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I’ve never had a problem with teens with or without costumes. It’s more fun if they *do* dress up, but I usually get the impression that this is sort of a last minute decision of theirs that they do on a lark. I’d much rather that they go trick or treating rather than go to some of these parties with drugs and alcohol. I know that not all parties are like this, but enough are to where I see them going around looking for candy as the far lesser of the two evils. 

  • Liza

    November 1, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Well to be completely honest my husband and I went out last night (he’s 40 and I’m 35). It was my first time trick or treating in about 20 years and we had a blast! We dressed up and went to my niece and nephews area and went just trying to find them but when a lady with a very decorated yard called to us from the street asking what we were and gave us candy when we went up to the door, hubby thought it was great and decided he wanted to go to the houses that made it apparent they loved Halloween. We went to about 15 doors in total and everyone thought it was great and we got some awesome compliments from home owners and parents out with their kids

  • Riley

    November 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm

        I think that there shouldn’t be a age limit to when you have to stop trick or treating. It’s fun to dress up and get candy. Everyone should be able trick or treat. People should be able to have the experience of trick or treating. It’s a way to express your self through costume. If you don’t have enough money to buy a costume you can always just use clothes you already have. People who have a problem with that should go trick or treating and see what I mean.

  • Marsha

    November 1, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Well…some smarta$$ gave my 11 year old a can of Armour potted meat this year. At first we were amused until I later found out that this guy was giving it out because he didn’t believe that anyone 12 years of age or older should be trick or treating. They stated that last year he gave them potatoes. I just look at this and think, “Man, I sincerely hope that I am never so petty so that I stand on a porch while handing out candy and make decisions about whether or not this kid gets a piece of it.”

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  • Rowan Elizabeth

    September 27, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I feel there should be an age limit but 12 is still too young! I think a more suitable age limmit would 15 or 16…

  • Beeg

    September 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    The first time I TT was in college. Growing up in inner city, we didn’t TT on Halloween since it was unsafe. In college, my friends talked me into it. We decorated paper bags and went to every house in her (very safe) neighborhood. It was so much fun! There shouldn’t be a limit. I love it when teenagers come to our house, as long as they are polite.

  • mandy jones

    October 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    12 is too young. How about 16 or 18?

  • Evelyn Qúinones

    October 31, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I’m 16 turning seventeen this saturday. Today is halloween and I have a costume picked out.
    I was going to have this as my last year TT because I know it gets old. I do good in school, I’m a junior. I don’t go to parties and I’m very responsible and respectful. I have a job too. I know most parents argue that you should buy your own candy. But that isn’t very fair. A kid is still a kid until your 18. That is considered a young adult. And until that age it is not fair to decide if a teenager is too old. 16-18 should definitely be the cut off year.
    I was excited today to go out with a friend. But now I’m afraid that because I’m tall for a 16 year old, a parent or someone who passes out candy will turn me away.
    I can buy my own candy but I just wanted to have fun. I haven’t had a fun relaxing day in awhile because I’ve been growing up. I thought maybe tonight would be a great memory lane type of night.

    But I see people, parents, are perfectly fine with denying kids to TT even if they are under 18. Some say 12. Seriously? 12 is a preteen. Not even a teenager yet!
    You aren’t a full fledged adult until 21 but you aren’t a young adult until 18.
    and as a teenager we are still kids. And I miss those times when I could be a kid.

    Pass out candy. Please. It isn’t fair if you deny us. You don’t know what we go through in our lives that makes us want to remember the small stuff. I miss this holiday. And it will mean nothing once I grow up. And as a teenager going for her last year at 16. Im not too young because I am still a kid.

    And to every parent who has had a rough time with teenagers. Not all of us are bad. They are just bad apples. The few should not dictate the many.