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The Big Kahuna of Fright
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Our daughter is faced with this dilemma. She's a legitimate 6' tall, 210 lbs., on the Canadian U18 Rugby Team. Not a small girl. She's going to walk the streets this year, in Costume, (Harley Quinn.) and pass out Nite Glow Bracelets to TOT's. But that makes me think... How old is "too old"?
Im 64 years young now. If somebody said, "Oh, I love your mask!" I'd know I'm too old... How do you guys feel?
 

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You're too old when you refuse to wear a costume.
^THIS
In fact, I always give a little extra to the "older" (between 6 and 66!) kids who put forth the effort on a costume. :cool:
 

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Too old for Halloween? Never. Too old to trick or treat? When it's no longer fun.
My daughter trick or treated all through high school. Maybe even college, who knows? My son was done with it when he was eleven. It just was no longer fun to him. So I say if you're having fun and not hurting anyone else in the process, trick or treat al you want.
 

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What your daughter is doing is fantastic.
She's having fun, the kids interacting with her are too.

(Excuse me while I put on my flame resistant suit......)

But if you're in Highschool or older you should not be going door to door asking for candy imo. Maybe Freshman and Sophomore years if you're going to put some effort into it but that's it.
There are lots of other things you can do on Halloween to have fun without the whole candy thing.
I have no desire to give candy out to people old enough to work and drive.
I'm in my 40's, I have a blast dressing up, haunting up my house and walk with my kids but I'm not personally expecting treats.
That would be ridiculous.

Would I refuse giving candy to an obvious adult coming to my door?
I think I would.
But I'd compliment the costume effort though.
 

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What your daughter is doing is fantastic.
She's having fun, the kids interacting with her are too.

(Excuse me while I put on my flame resistant suit......)

But if you're in Highschool or older you should not be going door to door asking for candy imo. Maybe Freshman and Sophomore years if you're going to put some effort into it but that's it.
There are lots of other things you can do on Halloween to have fun without the whole candy thing.
I have no desire to give candy out to people old enough to work and drive.
I'm in my 40's, I have a blast dressing up, haunting up my house and walk with my kids but I'm not personally expecting treats.
That would be ridiculous.

Would I refuse giving candy to an obvious adult coming to my door?
I think I would.
But I'd compliment the costume effort though.
Seems that we have one or more these threads posted every year.

Mostly in agreement with you here. If one is over the age of, say, 18-21 and living somewhere where you'd likely get ToTs stopping by, then (in my opinion) the best way to honor the Halloween tradition might be for you to answer the door (sure, go ahead and wear that costume if you want!) and give out candy.

That being said, I'll not refuse candy to anyone who knocks on my door -- barring rudeness, of course.
 

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What your daughter is doing is fantastic.
She's having fun, the kids interacting with her are too.

(Excuse me while I put on my flame resistant suit......)

But if you're in Highschool or older you should not be going door to door asking for candy imo. Maybe Freshman and Sophomore years if you're going to put some effort into it but that's it.
There are lots of other things you can do on Halloween to have fun without the whole candy thing.
I have no desire to give candy out to people old enough to work and drive.
I'm in my 40's, I have a blast dressing up, haunting up my house and walk with my kids but I'm not personally expecting treats.
That would be ridiculous.

Would I refuse giving candy to an obvious adult coming to my door?
I think I would.
But I'd compliment the costume effort though.

What is an "obvious adult", though? Plenty of teenagers can look like adults, even 13-14 year olds, especially boys. What if they're mentally delayed and still enjoy trick or treating?

There are lots of other things you can do on Halloween to have fun without the whole candy thing

This is also not really true for most teens, at least where I live. There aren't a lot of places teens can go and have fun, either too old for kiddie activities or too young to get into parties. Professional haunts and movies are expensive, it's a sucky time.

That said, if you come to my house you get candy. It's a holiday of community and opening up your home to others, and I treat it as such.
 

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What your daughter is doing is fantastic.
She's having fun, the kids interacting with her are too.

(Excuse me while I put on my flame resistant suit......)

But if you're in Highschool or older you should not be going door to door asking for candy imo. Maybe Freshman and Sophomore years if you're going to put some effort into it but that's it.
There are lots of other things you can do on Halloween to have fun without the whole candy thing.
I have no desire to give candy out to people old enough to work and drive.
I'm in my 40's, I have a blast dressing up, haunting up my house and walk with my kids but I'm not personally expecting treats.
That would be ridiculous.

Would I refuse giving candy to an obvious adult coming to my door?
I think I would.
But I'd compliment the costume effort though.
pretty much completely agree, as a general rule.

on a case-by-case basis, it depends a lot on effort. if a high school kid in jeans and a t-shirt comes by in a dollar store mask, i don't refuse, but i think...come on, man. if there's some effort to be in costume and really enjoy the occasion rather than just hitting up strangers for free candy, i'm a lot less cynical.
 

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Trick or Treating for candy door to door I feel should be reserved for children from toddlers to middle schoolers. (Never did get the whole parents bringing infants unable to eat solid foods TOTing. You're not fooling anyone on who's eating that candy lol) After that then you should be the one handing out candy, scaring kids in a haunted house, having a Halloween party or some other activity that keeps the spirit of Halloween alive for yourself and the kids. But that's my opinion. The oldest TOTer I usually see is maybe a kid in the Freshman year that can't drive yet. :D
 

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I think I stopped when I was 12-13 or so. I probably thought it wasn't cool anymore.

Every year I get at least one or two older teens, and as long as they're dressed up and say trick or treat, I don't care, I'll give 'em candy. It's the slackasses who don't even bother dressing up and give a half-hearted, mumbled greeting at the door that I give a hard time. One year I told a kid "What are you supposed to be, a lazyass teenager who doesn't have a costume?". I gave 'em candy anyway. Didn't want my house egged later.

I usually also offer candy to the older kids who are there only to escort their younger brothers or sisters. Who cares? It's Halloween.
 

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anyone/everyone who shows up, in costume or not, gets that same

this year, because we used to let the tots pick a toy/trinket & that really slowed things down, we're going to be putting stuff into halloween treat bags

we will never turn anyone away & i think that this puts us on the "bad apples" good sides so they don't vandalize or take any props ... at least not that i've noticed :) is there a halloween hoarder's 13 step program?

amk
 

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In my area children above 12 are not allowed to go trick or treating. I'm not sure how they enforce that but I sure was bummed when I turned 13 and couldn't go out anymore! Most houses won't bother to give the candy to teenagers anyway and just remind them of the policy :/
 

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I went trick-or-treating until I was 17. I dressed up every year and it was fun! I started to take my nephew when I was 18. I still dressed up and while I didn't ask for candy some people still gave it to me for dressing up.

I don't live close enough to take my nephew out anymore but we get TOTs so I dress up and pass out candy. I usually give it to the adults taking kids out, too. Halloween is for everyone.
 
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