I have three teenagers. They all loved trick-or-treating with friends well into their teenage years–and I happily let them! Initially, I questioned my judgement…Aren’t you too old to be trick-or-treating? But I quickly realized, there are MUCH BIGGER FISH to fry with teenagers…this is not a battle worth fighting. In fact, now I celebrate their creative endeavors (their costumes are much more original that what my 3 little people will beg to wear–every. day. for the next month)! This year, I’m excited to make a big batch of Cincinnati Chili and host a group of my favorite 15 year olds! So be kind to those big trick-or-treaters! I don’t think I could express it better than a sweet and wise neighbor, who posted this reminder in our neighborhood forum last year:
(Shared with permission.)
“Something to think about. For those passing out candy this year…..when a teenager comes to your door ….please give them the candy …. without saying “aren’t you too old to be doing this?”. ….because they could be out doing things much worse. Let them be kids as long as they can be. Kids grow up way too fast. Let them spend one evening channeling their inner childhood. Be Kind!
Also, please don’t refuse a child candy because they aren’t dressed up. Some children are autistic or have sensory issues that make dressing up highly uncomfortable if not unbearable. Or they can’t afford a costume. Be Kind!
One last thing, size doesn’t always determine mental age or special needs. You may see a teenager, but they may still relate as a younger child! Be kind!
And please if you see kids coming out of vehicles to trick-or-treat from other neighborhoods, smile, give them their treat and be happy they found a safe neighborhood to enjoy Halloween. Children of all ages are welcome in our neighborhood! Be Kind!”
Rules for Teenage Trick-or-Treaters
Of course, it’s a good idea to have some ground rules for your kids…Here’s what we expect:
- Be Polite!
- Don’t be scary (or inappropriate) with your costume!
- Stay calm–no running like banshees down the street!
- Always be aware of small children!
- Only go to doors with the lights on!
- Never go inside a home!
But mostly I send them off after lots of giggles, hugs, and pictures, hoping they have a great time!
They Grow Up FAST
Kids grow up fast–and ultimately, like all things of childhood, they’ll outgrow trick-or-treating . What was once one of the most exciting days of the year, will eventually become just another day. Now I’ve only got one teen left who really cares 2 bits about Halloween! So my advice is just let them be kids and enjoy the fun for as long as their hearts desire!
Here’s to being kind and young-at-heart!
Have a Happy, Safe, and Kind Halloween, Sweet Friends!