When is too Old Actually too Old?


Juliette Saiz

As October comes around, a nationwide tradition follows. The day of dress up and get-togethers, Halloween. Halloween looks different for many people. Whether going trick or treating or maybe to a party. The age limit to trick-or-treating has been debated many times amongst people and even in the media. You might agree that there is a limit or you might say “What does it matter?” They are your opinions, but I wanted to ask adults, people who usually give out candy, what they believe the age limit is for trick-or-treating and here are some of your Palmer’s staff answers.  

One of our Spanish teachers, Senora Henson, wasn’t allowed to go trick or treating because “it conflicted with my parents’ religious beliefs.”  She says “Maybe this is why I am crazy about Halloween as an adult.” When I asked her if she thought there was an age limit to dressing up, she told me “Absolutely not! I think dressing up is so fun. Halloween is for everyone” and when asked if there was an age limit to trick-or-treating, she told me, “I think it’s cool that high schoolers trick-or-treat. I would be kind of creeped out if a 25-year-old rang my bell.” When I asked why she thought there was a limit she said she believes that if you’re grown, living on your own, and working a full-time job, that you should go buy your own candy. Though, if you’re under the age of 18 she says “teens need to enjoy their youth” and she made a point that she “would rather give out candy than clean up toilet paper and eggshells.” 

Ms. McGilvray, a Digital Media teacher, stopped going trick or treating at 17, “I graduated from HS and thought it was about time to be done.” She also agrees that there is no limit to dressing up, “I think it’s fun and festive to see people of all ages dressed up.  I especially love when I see families who have a theme” and when asked if there was any limit to trick or treating she said 18 “if you’re actually collecting candy.”  

A history teacher here at Palmer, Mr. Ferguson, went trick or treating for most of his child/teenager years, “I stopped for a while. It wasn’t something kids were doing in middle school. By 10th grade, it was considered cool again.” When I asked if he believed if there was a limit to dressing up for Halloween, he told me he doesn’t think so. “Dressing up for Halloween can be fun no matter how old you are.” He gave a similar answer to Senora Henson when I asked if he thought there was an age limit to trick-or-treating, he doesn’t believe there’s a limit to trick-or-treating but after your teen years are over, “it’s probably a good idea to hang up the candy bucket.” He says, “it’s not a strict rule, but if I opened my door and saw two full-grown adults’ trick-or-treating without any kids, it would seem a bit odd to me.” 

After hearing from a few teachers, I think you can agree that 18 years might be the age where you stop going to strangers’ doors expecting some sweet treats. For the kids who are still undecided to go trick-or-treating this Halloween, go for it. Most adults seem like they won’t judge you and if you’re afraid that your peers will, that’s on you. Don’t let someone’s opinion take away possible great experiences. Mr. Ferguson said “my favorite memories from high school were Halloween with my friends and trick-or-treating.” So, if you do decide to let yourself have fun this Halloween, be safe and have a Happy Halloween.