How old is too old to go Trick-or-Treating?

Halloween is my favorite time of year. As a kid, I enjoyed dressing up and going trick-or-treating with many of my friends and family. The memories I’ve had trick or treating were some of my fondest memories growing up. The problem is, as I got older, I started to question if I was too old to participate in the Halloween tradition. I always thought that by the time I got into high school I would be going to Halloween parties with my friends. Instead, my friends and other high schoolers are still going out trick-or-treating. 

In my opinion, kids over the age of 14 should not be going out trick-or-treating. We need to save trick-or-treating for the younger kids so they can make their own special memories too. As teenagers, most of us have cars, so we can drive to a local supermarket or Walgreens and load up on candy. When high-schoolers go out trick-or-treating, they’re stealing a piece from a little boy or girl, especially when they take advantage of the bowl left out on the front step and completely dump the contents into their bags. 

There are many other things that teens can do besides trick-or-treating. For starters, there are always movie marathons on with Halloween classics and horror movies that we could easily watch while devouring store bought candy. 

There are also a few haunted houses in the area that you and friends can check out if you enjoy getting scared. 

If dressing up is a big deal for you, then dress up when you answer the do for trick-or-treaters. There is also nothing stopping you from dressing up as Pennywise from “IT” and hanging out in the backyard to scare passing people. Use these ideas to help expand your usual Halloween traditions and maybe try something new. Sometimes a change is needed. While there are no common rules against teens going trick-or-treating, it’s just common decency. Expand your horizons and find other activities to fill your time. No one wants you ringing their doorbell at 2 in the morning asking for free candy. 

Think about that the next time you to go trick-or-treating.

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Rachel Cole, Opinions Editor
Rachel Cole is a junior at Naperville Central High School. This is her first year on the Central Times Staff as the opinion editor, photographer, and a staff writer. In her free time she runs cross country中国体彩官方app下载安卓 and track, is a participant of Red Rage, and Theater Central Her hobbies outside of Cross Country include, watching movies, cooking, drawing, and hanging out with her friends outside of school. She plans to go into either a psych or Journalism field hopefully at the University of Missouri in Columbia. 
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Danielle Pritchard, Features Editor
Danielle Pritchard is a junior at Naperville Central and is looking forward to her first year serving on the Central Times editorial board as the Feature page editor. Outside of Central Times, Danielle loves to work with studio art such as both traditional and digital photography and drawing. While she is not on any sport team, she is a member of Central’s Anchored and an officer for Central’s Hawk Tv, among other activities.