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Halloween is one of the most fun and entertaining holidays there is. When you visit your local stores you’ll see the shelves stocked with Halloween candy, costumes, and decorations. Each year, those who hand out candy to trick-or-treaters are seeing more older kids out knocking on doors asking for candy.
How old is too old? The age debate.
When Halloween comes around everyone is wanting to see these babies and elementary school aged kids in their costumes. Most of the little ones show up at the doors eager to get the candy put in their buckets as the givers try to figure out what costumes they are wearing all while mom and dad are waiting to go to the next house or taking pictures. On the other hand, the older kids, maybe or may not be in costumes wandering around the neighborhoods and streets without supervision.
Some parents may think there is no problem with this and the teens are just out having fun. However, parents of the younger children are worried about the older kids possibly scaring their child or doing things that they may not want their child to see or be around. We were all teenagers once it was about having fun in our eyes then, but now we’re parents and we want our children to enjoy the holiday as I am sure our parents wanted us to do at that age as well. Teens running around the streets at night unsupervised can lead to all sorts of activities. Even if alcohol, drugs or sex are concerns, the fact is that most of these kids won’t be paying much attention to following the rules of trick-or-treating, or be wary of unsavory characters that might be lurking in the shadows. Everyone knows it doesn’t take much to tempt even the good kids to do something that they normally wouldn’t do on Halloween night.
Most of all, Halloween is a time for fun and lasting memories. If you let them know of the dangers and ensure them to follow the rules trick-or-treating can be fun for everyone.
Other alternatives to trick-or-treating.
Should you introduce alternatives to trick-or-treating?
Does your child still want to dress up? If not, you can always see if they would be interested in dressing up and handing out candy to the little ones.
Or, host a Halloween party for your pre/teen with a few friends? They can still hang out, dress in costumes and have fun – all in the safety of being at home. If having a party at your home isn’t an option possibly at another friends’ home, church. Let them visit a haunted house or go on a hay ride. There are many options and fun entertaining things to do besides going trick-or-treating when you are a pre/teen.
There is no age limit so to speak on trick-or-treating, but the alternatives do exist and they allow Halloween to be a fun holiday for all ages. All you have to do is find some age appropriate activities that everyone can participate in and make the most out of their Halloween.
What age do you think is appropriate to trick-or-treat?
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