Hey, Mom and Dad: When Are Kids Too Old To Go Trick-Or-Treating?

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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

So what's your take? Is there an certain age when kids become too old for trick-or-treating? Tell us in the comments below.

Pro Life Crusader + October 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM
What's the difference Obama keeps on dressing as the President! Time to toss out the costume!
Kelly October 18, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Yeah, let's "allow" kids to smash pumpkins and then have to clean up after them! And it's fine if they steal a candy bowl ... just don't steal anything out to fhte myriad of unlocked cars. Way to teach them manners and responsibility. No wonder a huge percentage of them are jerks ... because it's mom and dad say, "let's allow for it!"
charlies angel October 22, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Kelly, why are you grouping a small of amount of rotten apples with kids wanting good clean fun and staying out of trouble?
charlies angel October 22, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Mr. Wilson, do you also give apples with razor blades?
Kelly October 22, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I'm confused as to where you think I'm grouping them. I'm saying we shouldn't just say it's ok for those bad apples kids to steal things and smash pumpkins just because it's Halloween. I really don't care how old they are when they are trick-or-treating as long as they behave. If anything, they ruin it for the rest of the kids.


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