How old is too old for Halloween? | The Columbus Dispatch

Thirteen-year-old Columbus School for Girls students Gabby Kennedy, left, and Kameron Millner, shop for Halloween outfits at Costume Specialists on E. Broad Street. Full Story
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Unrepentant Cynic

Pickerington, OH

#1 Oct 28, 2010
Oh for ever more.
An ordinance?
Police don't 'have time' now to do much but run speed traps and investigate murder, and people want an ordinance limiting trick or treating to 12 and under. Obviously, begging is for younger children, but we don't need to be passing ordinances and having over reactive morons calling police to issue 'citations' to overage beggars.
Good grief!
Bays

Columbus, OH

#2 Oct 28, 2010
Seriously, we really have nothing else to worry about? I keep two different treats to give out at my house, if you're of appropriate age, you get the good stuff. If you're a teenager, you get a penny. I love the look on their face.
Sometimes It Counts

Reynoldsburg, OH

#3 Oct 28, 2010
Just wow.
Mentally children are just that until they are near 25, but the need to twist them and force them into mini adults so young is why our society as a whole makes our little ones grow up far to fast. And we wonder why those teens are walking around pregnant. But causing a lil mischief is part of being a teen, and a learning experience of a child. Should they be cited because they want to enjoy their childhoods a lil longer then the "12 year old" mandated placed on them, absolutely not and shame on those asking for such things. Let your kids be kids, for as long as they can. Let them enjoy a little innocents and mischief before it's gone and stole by the adults they turn into.
Tolerant to a point

Reynoldsburg, OH

#4 Oct 28, 2010
Age 12 should be the cutoff. After that kids start getting the devil in them and look to raise hell instead of having a good time. Giving them sugary candy just makes it worse. Parents need to step in and tell their kids "No, you are too old!". Put them in charge of passing out candy instead.
amber

Columbus, OH

#5 Oct 28, 2010
I don't mind giving candy to the teenagers. My pet peeve is the people who bring babies in strollers and no other kids.
north of 270

Newark, OH

#6 Oct 28, 2010
Is everyone going to ask for their ID. What about the kids who are 6ft tall in middle school. Kids are still kids even in high school. These townships and police need to go after real criminals and leave the trick or treaters alone. I think it is worse when an adult brings a 6 month old to the door and collects candy for them. You know who is going to eat that candy. The fat a** parent.
Something Better

United States

#7 Oct 28, 2010
Beggars night is for the little kids. After 6th grade, you're done. If you still want to go out then make yourself useful and help out your parents or other adult and chaperone the little ones.
What

Columbus, OH

#8 Oct 28, 2010
When a government begins limiting the age for "holidays", there is more to follow. Should we allow overweight citizens to purchase gravy and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving? I mean cmon, lets put an age on Christmas too. Those who want a limit on age most likely have their head in the sand while the government takes all of their liberties/rights.
Hehe

United States

#9 Oct 28, 2010
'...The 49-year-old mother of three said that in past years, she's seen some teens come through her neighborhood who simply appear to be on their way home from school. They've worn no costume but have knocked on her door and opened their gym bags...'

This is our solution to the above- no COSTUME- no treat. Regardless of age. We always keep a bowl full of lemons for 'them'. Beats arguing with 'em.
Kitty

Hilliard, OH

#10 Oct 28, 2010
I can't write an Artical in this Tiny Box.

School Bags:
1. Could be someone in Sports coming home from an idiot Coach keeping them, too late.. without time to get Dressed. This kid may be tallest in their class and look a few years older then their peers but is still a child.
2. Bullies and Abusive Parents ( even if classmates) may force children to not dress up for Trick or Treat. Making it uncool and dangerous.
3. Bullies can be carrying Tricks in those bags. If Type 2 says you don't have candy, then you may suffer. These people steal candy, more seriously I have seen them bash in Garage doors, Destroy property, Break limbs on children ( cats were needed). They are usually Middle School students. These jerks can make a child miss Trick or Treat from 2nd grade through all of Middle School. So don't be mean to High School Trick or Treaters, it's the Middle Schoolers causing the damage.

Age is Impossible to Determine.. I have seen many 7-9 year old Girls that growth spurt over five feet tall ( even 5'10"). They may have a big belly and be mistaken as a Pregnant Teen. They are emotionally not Teenagers and will not understand why you are being mean, which is your mistake to begin with. Adults will go out in groups to Trick or Treat some times, some may be pregnant and they may or may not have toddlers with them. These groups of friends and friends of friends are prepareing for when they go Trick or Treating with their children, they plan to containue going as a massive group and want to get a good idea of where to go. They also will try to judge a good age to start Trick or Treating.

Please consider setting up Safety Patrol and Rest Stops in your Neighborhood. I've gone Trick or Treating as an Adult but if you talk to your Neighbors you can set up Safety Patrol people instead. Have them carry a couple Flashlights, an Umbrella, and have reflextive things. They may want some glowing things to hand off to children. In all the Chaos children get lost & drivers are distracted by sugar high children in their car. You will want lost children to hold still, you will want to stop cars to let children cross the street, and you will want to stop children from crossing the street alone. Both children and parents are oblivious to when they last saw each other in all the chaos. Have lighting at rest stops.. seats and tables. This way parents can get kids shoes back on. If you are assisting a lost child, do not grab them.. have them hold your hand ( try not to hold theirs as confusing as that is) and stick to the sidewalks ( if there are any). You want to guide lost children.. not drag them.
Mike

Columbus, OH

#11 Oct 28, 2010
I don't mind the teenagers, either. But as others have said, lots of hefty ladies hauling their toothless babies around in strollers just so they can feed their own bright blue stretchy pants.
Kitty

Hilliard, OH

#12 Oct 28, 2010
Since I didn't know the limit on these post. I'll containue a couple things.

Pillow Cases deserve Extra Candy! There are two common instances of Pillow Case carriers.
Type 1: Illness or a Family Emergency has made it impossible for the children in one ( often more then one) household to go Trick or Treating. A Teen or an Adult will be sent out unprepared and absent mindedly float around trying to get Candy. Be VERY Kind to this person because they will have to describe their adventure to children later on. The children will probably pretend to Trick or Treat and you have a chance to be immitated. The person may be Trick or Treating for a few children. Don't be surprised if they appear distant or detached from all emotion, they may have someone on their mind who is in the Hospital.
Type 2: Too poor for Candy. Too poor for a Costume. They may not have eatten today. A person or child may not have been able to afford dressing up but they are desperate and you have fre food. After all, Beggers Night use to give food to Adults, too.

High Schoolers and young adults are expected to Trick or Treat in some neighborhoods. It's not shunned and again.. Beggers Night use to feed poor adults, too. But where you live you may be over looking bullying, income, and illness. I have known people that were too sick to Trick or Treat as children, so their first experience was at 14 years old. Struggleing families can end up with the parents usually working Beggers Night, so children cannot Trick or Treat until they are old enough to go alone. While some households here are saying " You can't Trick or Treat at 12 any more" other households say " You can't Trick or Treat until you are 12/13". Those jerks I mentioned in School Bags can prevent a child from Trick or Treating in Elementary and Middle School, both for Social and Safety reasons.. as a result they won't be able to safely until they are out of Middle School. Just because the Bullies say " Don't Trick or Treat" doesn't mean these High Schoolers didn't want to Trick or Treat as children.. but their Parents or the Bullies prevented them.
hamburger pimp

Circleville, OH

#13 Oct 28, 2010
As long as you have the Hallooween spirit in your heart, you're never to old to go trick or treating, I don't care what the police said last year.
Just saying

United States

#14 Oct 28, 2010
I'm with "hamburger pimp". If you have the Halloween spirit, then I don't care what age you are. If you dress up and come to my house and say trick or treat, then your gonna get some candy!!!
Halloween ROCKS!!!
cathy

Columbus, OH

#15 Oct 28, 2010
come on people i am 50 years old and dressed as a clown for work today. As long as it is in their hearts to go OUT and have some fun who cares? we make these kids no matter what age grow up too fast. if they have it in them cie la vie. did you really pay so much for that candy for a fun night to get all nasty about someones age. maybe it is time to let go and have some fun yourselves. I personally will be handing out candy to all of the kids and will mosey to my neighbors houses in search of their treats as well. lighten up frances
Mike

Columbus, OH

#16 Oct 28, 2010
For goodness sake. Two hours of neighborhood fellowship a year. Candy is only two bucks a bag.
cathy

Columbus, OH

#17 Oct 28, 2010
i cant get the police to take care of the drug activity and the house and car break ins i really dont think kids asking for candy on halloween is their problem. lets get the drugs and guns out of the neighborhood instead of these harmless kids.
lol

United States

#18 Oct 28, 2010
All I can say is..."Pocahottie"... you must be kidding! Prostitutes shouldn't be allowed to trick-or-treat.
hamburger pimp

Circleville, OH

#19 Oct 28, 2010
Just saying wrote:
I'm with "hamburger pimp". If you have the Halloween spirit, then I don't care what age you are. If you dress up and come to my house and say trick or treat, then your gonna get some candy!!!
Halloween ROCKS!!!
Oh boy, I'm coming to your house then. I can't wait to see what it's like walking from house to house with my new hip replacement!!
Silky Johnson

Columbus, OH

#20 Oct 28, 2010
Bah, Humbug! Now get off my doorstep...

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