How Old is too Old to Trick or Treat

By: abhay12

Can Adults trick or treat? Well, that is the question we often think when Halloween is around the corner. For many of us, it’s the time to remember the childhood memories. Trick-or-Treating is not just a fun thing, it is related to the traditions of the holiday. On, this day kids wear costumes and dresses and go to the various houses in the block to get chocolates and candies. But just How Old is too Old to Trick or Treat. Dressing up in Halloween costumes and going to Halloween parties is something that is done by the adults during this holiday but the tradition of getting free candies and chocolates by knocking the doors in the neighborhood is something that is limited to the kids only.

What is the appropriate age to stop trick or treating

There is no age that is set for the trick or treating but most of the parents think that when kids reach their teenage years it’s the time to stop trick or treat. In many states and cities of USA, the municipalities have imposed trick or treat age limit law.The trick or treating age limit in Virginia is stated as 12 years old.

In a survey, it was asked to the Americans what age is appropriate for trick-or-treating or should the tradition be stopped or not. Although most of the Americans still think there is no age for trick or treat. 30 percent of Americans said no, the tradition should go as the way it is going. The most appropriate age for the tradition was stated as 12-13 years with 18 percent votes.

WITI-TV also conducted the same poll with similar questions in which 34 percent voted that one is never too old to trick-or-treat. Whereas 17 percent of the people participated voted that 13 was too old, and 14 percent stated yes for the question “is 15 too old to trick or treat”.

What happens to teenagers who do trick-or-treating?

The age limit law is active only in few states of United States and most of the people appreciate this but some of them doing this tradition after a certain age becomes a concerning matter. In fact, it becomes a legal issue. Over the past years in certain cities and towns from Virginia, Mississipi, Maryland, and Illinois the age limit law has been used as they ban children above the age of 12 years from the tradition. In a statement given by Mayor Mark Eckert of Belleville, Illinois, “this is not so much about moving teens along on the path to maturity but simple fear”. Eckert’s statement was pointed to maintain safety as after the dark, taller teenagers would come and could do anything harmful. That was the main reason that the city followed the order of their mayor as a protective measure for crimes. Hence, kids after the age of 12 were banned and the time to do trick-or-treating was limited to 7 p.m. only.

Trick or Treat Age Limit Law

In Bathurst, a city in Australia there is fine of minimum $80 to maximum $200 if a kid rings the doorbell after 7 p.m. or if he is older than 15 years of age. Although there is no parental or legal pressure is needed to tell the children to stop the traditional ritual as most of the kids understand themselves that they have grown up and should not do this ritual. Mosts kids stop going to trick or treat after the age of 12-13 years.

trick or treat age limit law

How old is too old to trick-or-treat?

So, this question is asked quite often online, and the answer to this most of the time remain same “never”. The main reason behind this answer is that people take this traditional ritual in a fun way which totally accurate. The average age that is accepted in most of the states in the United States of America is between 12-14 years after that the kids should not do this ritual as it becomes quite an absurd situation for the people living in the neighborhood. It has also been shown in a survey by FiveThirtyEight (a statistical website) that around 75 per cent of kids stops doing trick-or-treating by the age of 15 years.

How late should trick-or-treating go?

There is no rule or law to start the trick-or-treating but the admired time should be around 5 p.m. Now the ending time for the trick or treat ritual should be 8-8.30 p.m. However in may towns of Virginia and Illinois and Bathurst (Australia) the time to stop the ritual is 7 p.m.  Aso in Shediac, N.B (Canada) there is a time law in which the kids can only do trick-or-treating till 3-6 p.m. Apart from this in most of the cities and towns, the decisive time is up to the homeowners or the signal of going out of the porch light should be understood as the end of the tradition for the year.

Public views on trick or treat age issue?

31st October is the date which not only is waited by the kids but by adults too. This year public has a different and positive view for this ritual as most of the Americans smashed those who are against this traditional ritual.  Most of the Facebook users posted their hearts out in support for this ritual and against the age limit law.

One user wrote: “Halloween should be for everyone whether they are kids, teens or adults”. In support to that one user said that “We pass it out to the adults also…if they want to dress up the more the merrier…and less trouble on the streets”

Another one wrote: “I’ll give out candy to anyone that actually dressed up no matter the age. Even if it is the simplest costume you can think of. It’s the ones that walk up in regular clothes, mean mugging, and don’t even say ‘trick or treat’ or anything at all.”

But the best one which really shows that it’s not about the age it’s about the feelings you have for the festival was “I would love to go for trick or treat even if I am 32, People should enjoy the festival and remember the good old days”


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