Do You Think 12 Should Be The Age Limit For Trick Or Treaters?

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Do You Think 12 Should Be The Age Limit For Trick Or Treaters?

Sera Sera
In my opinion, I think it's better that they're out wearing costumes and having fun than doing actual harm! I know it's a law for safety, but in my opinion it's silly! When I was 15 I was still trick or treating with my best friend Cheyenne and we had a blast! We didn't get a lot of candy downtown, but where my grandmother lived hardly anybody trick or treated and we got tons! It was fun going out at night just to walk under the moon light and in the cool breezes, and to see the neat decorations everyone put up. I hadn't had much of a childhood, and my teen years were my childhood.

And come to think of it, what about the mentally handicapped? Some of them are over 50 years old, but inside they're younger than 12. Is it fair to them?

What's your take on all this? Do you think the limit should be 12 or 13? If not, when do you think the limit should be, if you think there should be one?
10/26/2010
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Sir Sir
I don't think that there should be any limit, no.

But why the addition of people who have disabilities? You do not know that. Many people have this misconception that they FEEL younger, which isn't the case - most times, they've just been coddled and not put out in the world to be allowed to grow and develop mentally.

Also, there are some people without disabilities who feel that, inside, they are younger than seven even though their physical age is older than thirty.

So, anyway, no, there shouldn't be a limit. Anyone has a choice to feel like a child again, so why not? And it's fun, too, to go around the neighborhood with family or friends. I personally do not trick-or-treat, but others should be allowed to if they like it.
10/26/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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Originally posted by Sera
In my opinion, I think it's better that they're out wearing costumes and having fun than doing actual harm! I know it's a law for safety, but in my opinion it's silly! When I was 15 I was still trick or treating with my best friend ...
I don't think there should be an age limit. If anything...18. I still trick or treated in H.S. As long as you are being respectful...there is no issue in my opinion.
10/26/2010
Sera Sera
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Originally posted by Sir
I don't think that there should be any limit, no.

But why the addition of people who have disabilities? You do not know that. Many people have this misconception that they FEEL younger, which isn't the case - most times, they've ...
I just feel sorry for the handicapped. I was just thinking about it near the end because my mother-in-law is the manager at an adult daycare center and they had a Halloween party today. I wonder if they ever want to go trick or treating, and are saddened because they realize that they can't. I know what you mean, and you're right. But I guess you know what I'm saying is, hopefully, pretty similar.
10/26/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Of course not - we wouldn't have any trick or treaters if there was an age limit. The 'OMG RAZURS IN APPULS UR KIDZ POYZUNED MOLESTURS N EVRY HOUS' safety pundits made sure to scare parents out of letting their kids trick or treat around here. Which is so fecking stupid because this is nothing BUT a family neighborhood where I live.

So, yeah, I don't mind handing out candy to teenagers or whomever else has a bag. I would prefer they at least dress up, though, but that's me.
10/26/2010
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
I dont think there should be an age limit. Its about fun, limits restrict the fun. So 13 year old cant trick or treat, thats bull.
10/26/2010
ToyGeek ToyGeek
If they knock on my door in a costume and say trick or treat, they get candy, I don't care if they're too old or too young or whatever. Age limits? Give me a break. Our society really could do with a few less rules and a little more happiness.
10/26/2010
Persephone Nightmare Persephone Nightmare
No, I do not think there should be an age limit! If anything *and this will sound bad, I'm sure* but if I wouldn't get weird looks, *I'd* go Trick or Treating! I agree with Chilipepper, though, as long as they dressed up, though, nothing elaborate, but at least something.

I'll do everyone a favor and cut this off short, lol, I'm sure I usually melt people's eyes out with my text walls, so I've been trying to cut back on my wordage, lol
10/26/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by ToyGeek
If they knock on my door in a costume and say trick or treat, they get candy, I don't care if they're too old or too young or whatever. Age limits? Give me a break. Our society really could do with a few less rules and a little more happiness.
I do the same freaking thing. If you can take the time to at least attempt to make a costume, then I can take the time to give you a piece of candy. After all, you did walk your ass all the way over here... lol

I definitely agree we could do with less rules and more happiness.
10/26/2010
Blinker Blinker
Where I live, they don't have the traditional trick or treating anyway. The police stop traffic on Halloween night (or maybe the night before because it's a Sunday this year and you know how Jesus hates Halloween and you'll go to hell if you skip church for candy) and corral the kiddies to trick or treat in the town square. The businesses around there hand out candy and the whole group of kids go around and get the candy from this little area. Police drive around and stop families who are doing the old-fashioned trick or treating, you know, door-to-door. It's a controlled, time-limited thing.
10/26/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
I don't think there should be an age limit. If anything...18. I still trick or treated in H.S. As long as you are being respectful...there is no issue in my opinion.
Same here. As long as you're willing to put on a costume and do the walking, go for it. I did it probably up to my sophomore year in high school. The only thing that irks me are the teenagers that show up wanting candy but without a costume! I'm not saying they have to go out and buy one, but be creative - use your mom's makeup to be a zombie, be a traditional white sheet ghost - don't just expect candy for showing up LOL
10/26/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I'm confused though - was there something going around saying it should be limited to 12 and under? Is this a public thing or just someone's thought?
10/26/2010
Sammi Sammi
I don't think there should be an age limit either, but yeah, they need to come in costume if they want candy!
10/26/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
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Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I'm confused though - was there something going around saying it should be limited to 12 and under? Is this a public thing or just someone's thought?
There's an article link about towns enacting age-limit laws on trick or treaters.
10/26/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
My daughter is going to be 12 in december (GAH!) but she is delayed approx 4 years. So while her mainstream friends are discovering boys and independence, she is not interested at all. She holds my hand, she doesn't leave my side and she could care less about what boys are doing unless it is playing a cool game outside (she tends to hang around with younger kids cause they get eachother)

So for that reason, if there was to be an age limit on trick or treating she would miss out. Not to mention she is a big girl, takes after her mommy. She is 5'3 already. Most people think she is older then what she is to begin with because she is so tall. In the past I have had a few snarky remarks taking her to the door to get her candy and I was REAL quick to tell them her age AND the fact that there is nothing wrong with her trick or treating no matter what her age is. If she likes it then who the hell cares.
10/26/2010
Beth D Beth D
I think a person will stop trick or treating when they personally feel too old to do so and that any sort of restriction is mean and unnecessary. I think I was fourteen or so when I gave up, a few years after I was already getting crap from people about how I looked like an adult and shouldn't be doing it anymore. It's kind of discouraging to have to insist at every damn house you go to that you're only eleven I can't help that I grew fast...

But, conversely, I know a forty something year old that went out with us. She's short and small framed and, if she wore a mask, she never got any crap at all. Lucky
10/26/2010
Bunnycups Bunnycups
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Originally posted by ToyGeek
If they knock on my door in a costume and say trick or treat, they get candy, I don't care if they're too old or too young or whatever. Age limits? Give me a break. Our society really could do with a few less rules and a little more happiness.
Me too! If they are wearing a costume they deserve candy. Their age doesn't matter.
10/26/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
There's an article link about towns enacting age-limit laws on trick or treaters.
See? There IS a downside to living in my own little world... LOL
10/26/2010
GeekWife GeekWife
I don't care how old they are, but I do care if they're not in costume. If you're sixteen and show up in your crappy gross pj's expecting free candy, tough tookus. Make an effort! Show me a good costume man!

However, the adults who do it with the "and one for me?" schemes, that bugs me. IMO once you have kids, it's their turn and you just get to watch and steal treats when they go to bed, like all respectable parents do.
10/26/2010
Coralbell Coralbell
I went trick or treating up until I was 15. That year a few people were like "Aren't you a little old?" and one man actually refused to give us candy. I would give candy to anyone who came to my door as long as they were dressed up.
10/27/2010
sweet sally sweet sally
Call me a fuddy duddy, but, I quit giving candy a couple years ago in my neighborhood.

I got sick of everyone coming to the door who was either a teenager that drove themselves w/ no costume on or a parent with a child that couldn't even walk yet wanting candy.

So, I guess my thought on "age limits" should be, if your old enough to drive, buy your own damn candy and if the child isn't even old enough to eat the candy, then why am I giving candy to the parents. Dress them up, take them to Gma's for the pic, but don't ask me for candy they can't eat.
10/27/2010
Alicia Alicia
I think that 13 is way too young to cut off kids from trick or treating. There so much talk about letting kids be kids and not rushing them to grow up..but then cities mandate that 13 year olds aren't "kid" enough to go trick or treating?? That's only going to make them feel more grown up, which is the last thing a 13 year old needs, kids are already in too much of a hurry to grow up.

My daughter is only 9, but she looks older, so I do wonder if she'll get dirty looks on Halloween.

I also read that some towns are giving a $100 fine to people who break the rule and go out over age 12..it's bullshit.
10/27/2010
Alicia Alicia
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Originally posted by sweet sally
Call me a fuddy duddy, but, I quit giving candy a couple years ago in my neighborhood.

I got sick of everyone coming to the door who was either a teenager that drove themselves w/ no costume on or a parent with a child that couldn't even ...
Eh, I never worry about it. I buy a big bag of dum dums and some smarties, there's more than enough and I don't need all the extras around the house..it cost me about I think $6.00 total, I'm not going to worry about ages here..they come to the door, they get candy!
10/27/2010
gone77 gone77
No limit at all! However, I haven't trick-or-treated for myself in a loooong time. lol
10/27/2010
ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
There definitely shouldn't be a limit. The last time I went trick or treating, I was 18. I didn't cause any trouble, I just dressed up and went door to door getting candy with friends. Having a limit is ridiculous.
10/27/2010
Sera Sera
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Originally posted by ToyGeek
If they knock on my door in a costume and say trick or treat, they get candy, I don't care if they're too old or too young or whatever. Age limits? Give me a break. Our society really could do with a few less rules and a little more happiness.
A definite AMEN to that!
10/28/2010
Sera Sera
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Originally posted by Blinker
Where I live, they don't have the traditional trick or treating anyway. The police stop traffic on Halloween night (or maybe the night before because it's a Sunday this year and you know how Jesus hates Halloween and you'll go to hell if ...
That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard of! And that's no offense to you, of course!
10/28/2010
Sera Sera
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Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I'm confused though - was there something going around saying it should be limited to 12 and under? Is this a public thing or just someone's thought?
It's been in the local newspaper where I live, and where I live the age limit's 12-13. They're talking about fining people for up to $100 for trick-or-treating, you know? WHAT THE HECK! A fine????
10/28/2010
Sera Sera
Quote:
Originally posted by Alicia
I think that 13 is way too young to cut off kids from trick or treating. There so much talk about letting kids be kids and not rushing them to grow up..but then cities mandate that 13 year olds aren't "kid" enough to go trick or ...
I didn't realize they were talking about the fines in your area, too! I'm from Virginia. Where are you from?
10/28/2010
Kim! Kim!
I went out when I was in high school. Then again, I've never really looked my age so I could easily pull it off. I went in costume though. Some people took the attitude that bigger kids could have bigger candy bars and gave out full and king sized to older kids. They were my favorite.

I'll let my son go until he doesn't want to, starts causing trouble, stops dressing up, or the town forbids him too. Tomorrow night is Begger's Night in my home town, where the businesses give out candy and my sister's dance class is doing a performance so we're going to that and then trick or treating where we live on Sunday. Well, we're going if he isn't exhausted from the Halloween party we're going to at the animal sanctuary earlier in the day.

I don't let him eat a whole lot of candy and he tends to forget about it after a week or two. I am pretty sure that there's still candy from a Fourth of July parade he went to with his grandparents. It's more about the fun and seeing the decorations for him.
10/28/2010
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