Trick or Treating: Too Taboo for Teens?

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Danielle Barnych

The memories of turning down every street corner searching for those elusive king-size Snicker’s bars and settling for Smarties and Three Musketeers when all energy was exhausted, is all too familiar. October was the best time of the year aside from Christmas. The excitement welled up in all of us as the wind blew chillier air and the leaves started to change colors. Walking down the street knocking on countless doors made being a kid seem like an endless celebration. But as time went on and the teenage years started to creep in, the appeal of dressing up in costumes and begging for candy, for many teens, withered away. Some teens still enjoy this creepy custom of Halloween but still question, “Is it still acceptable or am I too old to trick or treat”?

Recently, the discussion of whether teenagers’ trick or treating is socially acceptable has gained a lot of attention. Typically, high schoolers tend to follow the norm and hit up Halloween costume parties instead of spending the night knocking on random strangers’ doors. Scary movie-watching and hosting bonfires have become the basic alternative for this holiday and many teens are busy and often can’t find the time to come up with costumes last minute.

When asked her stance on teenagers’ trick or treating, East Lake senior Carissa Bowers said, “People should be able to do anything they want to with their friends and the last time I checked, no one was upset about free candy.” Another East Lake senior, Jasmine Barnych, claims, “We’re at an age where we are practically adults and it’s like you are literally stealing candy from a child.” It is obvious that there is no clear majority of teens that either accept or reject the idea of their peers’ trick or treating. Despite the unfavorable stigma surrounding teens going trick or treating, some still go because of the significance of this long-lasting tradition. So, it’s time for you, as an individual, to own your right to choose how you celebrate your Halloween this year.