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  1. #61
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    Any age is fine with costume! I don't turn anyone down and I'm happy seeing big groups of kids or teens or college students dressed to the 9s enjoying the holiday. There were a few years in college (when I had time) that I made 150 treat bags for the first people who showed up regardless of whether they were kids or not. When I was 12 years old I was trick-or-treating alone as a grim reaper; I said "trick or treat!" to a man who opened his door and he said "aren't you too old for this?" Then he stared at me, went back inside and found some old cracker pack to give me, and turned off his light for the night. That man ruined Halloween for me until I was 17 years old and rediscovered the holiday by watching Halloween specials on TV. I would never want to put any other child or person through that. There is no reason to destroy the spirit of Halloween just because you think someone is "too old" to celebrate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ween12amEternal View Post
    [B]TRJ/B], what a great story! I'm glad she had fun & you'll have happy memories of her first TOT. This is why I never turn anyone away (regardless of age, costume or no, or whether they say "Trick-or-Treat") - ~everybody gets a treat. When they come by to TOT, they're actually engaging neighbors in a good, happy way, & helping me enjoy my favorite holiday. Win-win for everyone!
    Thanks, Ween12AM. Yes, she had a great time and we even went out afterwards Our first Halloween together.
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    I remember a few years back one of the funniest moments we ever had at our walk through haunt was a middle age couple with no kids, who came to see what we had going on. They looked like they just stepped out of the J.C. Penney catalog; pressed khaki pants, sweaters, loafers, designer glasses. They were walking down the driveway towards our garage and passed a darkened area where one of my sons was posing as a static scarecrow standing on top of a large hay bale. There was a strobe light flashing and right as they were in line with him, he jumped down off the hay bale and yelled. Well the lady let out a little shriek but the guy let loose with a scream, followed by some choice language reflective of his own state of having the crap scared out of hm. His wife was laughing so hard she was almost doubled over. I had seen it and was laughing as hard as she was, all the while he was trying to regain his composure, saying "that wasn't funny!" He was also laughing and as they left I thanked them for coming and told him that was the best scare we had all night. They were still laughing about it as they walked down the sidewalk. A many have said, it's a holiday celebration and I'm glad to share what we do with anyone who wants to play along. Actualy, some of the best scares are from teens and adults, so the more the merrier!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdubbya View Post
    I remember a few years back one of the funniest moments we ever had at our walk through haunt was a middle age couple with no kids, who came to see what we had going on. They looked like they just stepped out of the J.C. Penney catalog; pressed khaki pants, sweaters, loafers, designer glasses. They were walking down the driveway towards our garage and passed a darkened area where one of my sons was posing as a static scarecrow standing on top of a large hay bale. There was a strobe light flashing and right as they were in line with him, he jumped down off the hay bale and yelled. Well the lady let out a little shriek but the guy let loose with a scream, followed by some choice language reflective of his own state of having the crap scared out of hm. His wife was laughing so hard she was almost doubled over. I had seen it and was laughing as hard as she was, all the while he was trying to regain his composure, saying "that wasn't funny!" He was also laughing and as they left I thanked them for coming and told him that was the best scare we had all night. They were still laughing about it as they walked down the sidewalk. A many have said, it's a holiday celebration and I'm glad to share what we do with anyone who wants to play along. Actualy, some of the best scares are from teens and adults, so the more the merrier!
    That's great if the neighbors want to walk around the neighborhood on Halloween night to see the decorations, walk through one's haunt and have some fun.

    From your description though, it doesn't sound like that couple was trick-or-treating -- as in wearing costumes and actively seeking out candy, with the expectation of getting it.

    If you were kind enough to offer them some, that's a different matter entirely. (And to be clear, I would've given them some candy too.)

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    We offered them a snickers bar and the husband took one.
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    I grew in VA Beach and when I was ToTing they passed a law, an actual law that you couldn't ToT past the age of 12 ( so my last year was when I was 12). Not sure if that law still exists...would be interested to know. I took both of my kids until they were in their teens ( late teens) both are disabled so I didn't really care they were "older" I did decide to stop about 2-3 years ago just because I felt awkward and I didn't want to explain to each house we went to. So really I do sort of have an 18 year old cut off, past that makes me uncomfortable for ToT I find it creepy like their up to no good lol

    Last year I opened the door to find two very grown men, I closed the door to a crack and braced it with my foot and said "yeah?" lol turns out their kids were in their car ( which was in my driveway) and they were too afraid to come to my door. I wouldn't give them candy until I actually saw the kids though. Which wasn't hard because I could hear them screaming out the window ( they were little 6ish) That was mean of me I guess but it was weird at first. I do give candy bars and it was late and I had quite a bit of candy left so I even gave extra for the adults so I'm not a total hard ***.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Like A Shadow View Post
    I grew in VA Beach and when I was ToTing they passed a law, an actual law that you couldn't ToT past the age of 12 ( so my last year was when I was 12). Not sure if that law still exists...would be interested to know.
    As much as I think one's mid-teenage years should be the unofficial cut-off for TOTing, I find the notion of legislating such a thing absurd and abhorrent. There's no need for any governmental involvement (that is to say, interference) there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyKnoles View Post
    When are you too old to go trick or treating in the neighborhood? Is there an age cutoff anymore?

    So should I throw the age-limit-on-trick-or-treating concept in the same bull**** box as the wait-an-hour-after-eating-before-going-in-the-water crap my parents tried to sell me?
    You should always wait an hour before entering the water to insure any fresh odor of blood on your skin has dissipated unless you are swimming with your mother in law. In that case, I recommend adding to (3) 5 gallon buckets of chub to the water for every 50 lbs of swimmer.

    As far as the age limit, if you are 18 and you have absolutely no qualms about humiliating yourself by trick or treating in a costume for extremely small pieces of candy……. you got my nickel.

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    I stopped trick or treating when I was 21. I always took my younger sister. She was 13 and it was to be her last time trick or treating (I don't really know why, I think it was because of her friends). Funny thing is though, my sister is much taller tha I am. At 13 she was 5'6", I am all of 4'10 1/2\". So when we went door to door, some of the neighbours said "oh Barbara, this must be your last halloween, you a such a young lady now. Who is the boy with you?" thinking that the person dressed as a hobo was a boy LOL! Well, I was dressed in my dad's old suit jacket, stuffed with a pillow so you couldn't see my boobs. I charcoal on my face, and had a hat pulled down over my face. When some of the neighbours realized it was me, they just laughed. I got lots of candy

    Since I TOTed til I was 21, I really don't care what age the TOTers are. I prefer they were in costume. But some will just want to check everything out and come up our driveway and walkway. I always give everyone candy who comes to the door. My son really likes to scare the teenage girls, since they are usually friends from school. Before 8pm, he will take off to TOT at few houses, he is 18 and 6'3"! He is always in costume.

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    I feel like discouraging teens from trick or treating is a terrible thing to do. They grow up fast enough as it is, why not let them hang on a little longer? There's also the case that in a lot of places, there simply isn't much for teens to do on Halloween besides cause trouble. I'd rather have them out trick or treating than causing mayhem or destruction somewhere. The only rule at my house is that you have to have some sort of costume.

    I'm lucky because I have younger siblings, so I was always able to go out with them, and thus keep trick or treating myself. I remember one year when I was 17/18 my friend and I decided to trick or treat by ourselves before her boyfriend got off work so we could go to a haunted house. It was actually a ton of fun and something I hadn't done in awhile.
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