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Amid clusters of impossibly cute costumed kids on Halloween night, you get other trick-or-treaters who don't seem to fit in. Maybe it's that they are older than the rest, or show up in plain clothes with not even a face mask in sight. But is that a deal-breaker, or is everyone welcome to claim candy on your porch on Halloween?
That leads us to this week's question:
When should kids stop with the trick-or-treating?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.
Jillian T. Halloween is my favorite "holiday". I personally went out til I was in high school, but I always dressed up. Now its tradition for my husband and I to dress up when we take our kids out. We usually get offered candy but always refuse. We will probably let our kids do it until they think they're too cool for it. But like others I agree, if you're in a costume it makes a big difference on wether or not people find it acceptable for older kids to do it. via Oswego Patch Facebook
Michelle B. Costume & respect, will get them candy. If not in a costume & disrespectful, then they get a door slammed in their face! via Bolingbrook Patch
Lori W. On the flipside are the adults taking their 1 year olds trick or treating in a stroller....you KNOW that candy is just for them. via Plainfield Patch Facebook
Brian R. I was 17 and still trick or treating, but my costume was awesome... i turned a refridgerator box into an outhouse. Got many kudo's... the older they get the better the costume has to be otherwise forget it. via Montgomery Patch Facebook