Too old to trick-or-treat?

Hannah Pecis

Halloween brings out candy cravings in all of us, but how old is too old?

Hannah Pecis, Staff Reporter

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Too old to go trick – or – treating? Not yet! So many teenagers aren’t sure whether they should go trick – or – treating or not. They don’t want it to be awkward or they don’t want to be made fun of.

So when is it a good idea to let those ideas take charge and kick the candy collecting? It’s definitely not eighth grade or even freshman year. In eighth grade there is hardly anyone who doesn’t. Freshmen year of high school, kids can still easily get away with trick – or – treating. No one thinks anything of it. Freshmen are still perceived as fairly young. So it’s a good time to do all of the things they wouldn’t be able to do in a year or two.  The best example is, of course, trick – or – treating. No one questions it and a good number of kids that age also still go. Plus, it’s free candy isn’t it?

Sophomores may have a different outlook on the whole thing though. When Kellie Clinton, a sophomore at Riverside Brookfield High School was asked if she was going trick – or – treating this year she said, “Yes! Of course! Why wouldn’t I?”

Clinton is even going with a group of friends, one of which she has a corresponding costume with. That is a good way to reduce the awkwardness. Having group costumes puts you and everyone in your group on the same playing field. No one sticks out like a sore thumb. They can also go out a little later so there will be less little kids. Sophomore year is a yes for trick – or – treating.

Junior and senior year get a little sketchy. They are starting to get a little old for the whole thing, but if they still want to go, a good way around being awkward is to take a little sibling. That way they still get candy and they have an excuse to go. Another alternative to that is to just go to a party. It’s still fun, they can still dress up and be with friends.

So whether or not you plan to go trick – or – treating this year, you can still have fun.

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Hannah Pecis, Media Editor

Hannah Pecis is retrning to Clarion for fabulous year three. She can't spell to save her life, so she has been greatly honored to work on a school paper...

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One Response to “Too old to trick-or-treat?”

  1. Grace Salerno on October 23rd, 2011 7:48 pm

    You’re never too old to trick-and-treat.
    You get rewarded with free candy for dressing up as an anything you want.
    So go grab your friends, no matter the age, put a bed sheet over your head and go get some of that candy!
    I agree that to reduce the awkward feeling you could just go with a group of friends who are also trick-or-treating, or skip it altogether and go to a Halloween costume party. At least you still get your costume out right?
    WRONG! Who cares if you’re a senior or junior, or ninety years old? It’s your imagination, and if you’re brave enough to throw on that costume and that funky Halloween makeup to scare the pants off those kids down your block, go ahead! No one’s stopping you (besides the cops, hey I didn’t say you were invincible), and you’re reward for such a stellar performance on the streets should be that free Baby Ruth. So don’t let some high school article tell you that just because you’re a senior you should ditch the costume, in fact you have less than a year until graduation. So live it up.

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