How Old Is Too Old For Trick Or Treating?

Trick or treaters on the porch

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Crisp air, morbid costumes, free candy…who wouldn’t want to trick-or-treat forever?

I remember I trick-or-treated well into my high school days, because that’s when it really got fun!  No curfew, you can watch way cooler scary movies, and you can appreciate the work that goes into building a costume.  Who doesn’t love that?!

I’ll tell you who…Mayor Mark Eckhert of Belleville, Ill.

That’s right, Eckhert did an interview with ABC News and claims that he is getting a ton of complaints from single mothers and the elderly regarding the “6-foot-tall kids” that are looking for treats.

His solution?

To create an ordinance banning high-school teenagers—that is, anyone over the age of 12—from trick-or-treating.

In the interview Eckhert said this:

“When I was a kid my father said to me, ‘You’re too damn big to be going trick-or-treating. You’re done,’”When that doesn’t happen, then that’s reason for the city governments to intervene.”

Wait, wait, woah, woah, let’s go over this again.  If you are 13 years old, and you get caught trick-or-treating, the government is going to bring hell down upon you?  That sounds stupid, can we clarify what you mean when you say “intervene”?

Intervening, in this case, means putting an age limit on trick-or-treaters, and threatening the over-12  set with a $100 fine for those who ignore the law.

Wow.  That’s a ballsy move, and I’ll tell you why.

Kids look forward all year to Halloween, especially the early teens because they CAN still get that delicious free candy.  Hell I’m almost 27 and I still get jazzed for Halloween!  But let’s look at this from a problematic standpoint, you have kids, struggling with weird emotions and puberty and hormones, and all they want is some freaking sugar… and you deny them that?  Get ready, because there is a night before Halloween called “Devil’s Night”, and you better believe they will take that to heart.

Trick-or-Treating is an outlet for those kids, where they can get together with friends and have fun, and not think about how weird they all are.  By fining and banning them, you’re making the problem worse, and truly destroying the spirit of Halloween.

What do you think?  Are you a fan of this ban on teen trick-or-treating?

Thanks Shine


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  1. Jon

    FUCK the Legislators….I would trick or treat now if it wasn’t frowned upon. IN fact it’s one of my main motivations for having kids, so that I can go again.Government is stepping too far over the line into our lives and this is just one more example. IF your Elderly or a single mother afraid of “Tall” Children…put a “Take one” Bowl on your porch and don’t answer the door….God this story infuriates me. Government encroachment has never solved a single social issue let alone Trick R’ Treating.

  2. I definitely agree Jon! Imposing these laws because little old ladies are afraid just means they need to toughen up. We’ve spoiled everyone too much.

    When I was a kid we played on metal swingsets firmly set into cement. We had rock fights and shot fireworks at each other, and on Halloween we trick-or-treated it the hell up, and parents loved it.

    This new “law” is further enabling those who complain to get what they want and ruin all the fun. I definitely agree with the “take one” bowl idea. Either that or they should just turn out their lights and risk getting egged anyway.

  3. Junk

    Not only did we trick r’ treat like crazy, but we never started until it was dark outside. Now kids can’t be out if the sun is in it’s twilight, let alone dark outside.
    That shit infuriates me. I loved Halloween, being out with friends, trick ‘r treating and staying out til midnight. Bah. This world sucks.

  4. I agree man, we are just pampering everyone too much and making a society of wimps and scardy cats. People need to stop combining horror movies and reality, it’s ruining the whole holiday.

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