How old is too old to trick or treat?

Every Halloween, teenagers tend to start being “too cool” to trick-or-treat, as they would say, but that begs the question: how old is too old to trick-or-treat? When you think of the basic concept of trick-or-treating, it sounds kind of weird. People dressed up in costumes go to random peoples’ houses and get free candy. Notice how I said people in costumes, not just people. In the tradition of Halloween, in order to get candy, you must be wearing a costume, no questions or debate. I say if you can dress up and embody the fun or scary part of Halloween, you can get your free candy!
Age is just a number. The number of years you have been on this earth shouldn’t determine if you can get free candy or not. I have never heard of a holiday that can’t be celebrated once you hit a certain age.
When bringing the question, “How old is too old to trick-or-treat,” up in Coach Cromie’s advisement class, Blaine Garner added, “There isn’t an age limit on Christmas.”
If there isn’t an age limit on Christmas, then why is there talk of an age limit for Halloween? If you like candy and you dress up, who is to tell you that you can’t participate in trick-or-treating? Parents steal their kids’ candy anyway, might as well let the festive parents who have costumes go out and get their own candy.
Everyone knows about Halloween and all the creepy and sweet traditions that go on during the October 31st holiday, but you never hear about where it all came from. Halloween, as we call it now, actually started over 2,000 years ago when the Celts celebrated the Festival of Samhain, not coincidentally on October 31st. On this day, they believed that the dead returned to Earth, and the Celts would display public respect and honor to the dead on this sacred, holy night. Centuries later is when you see the start of what is now trick-or-treating. Dating back to the Middle Ages, people would perform escapades and tricks in costumes such as ghosts, demons, and werewolves. All of this public silliness was for exchange of food and drink. This is thought to be an antecedent of trick-or-treating. Later in the 19th century, Scotland and Ireland even participated in a tradition called guising, which is where people would dress up in a costume and perform a “trick” in order to collect their treat. With all of this history surrounding the current tradition of trick-or-treating, it was never intended for just the younger generation. All ages would dress up, all ages would celebrate, and all ages could get their treat as long as they participated in the customs.
Not everyone wants to trick-or-treat, but for those who enjoy getting free candy and dressing in silly, scary, or cute costumes, there should be nothing stopping them. Age, gender, size, it shouldn’t matter! If you participate in the customs of Halloween you should get your treat… or trick. Editors. (2020, October 21). How Trick-or-Treating Became a Halloween Tradition. HISTORY.