So, how old is too old for trick-or-treating?

wordmunger

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I stopped trick or treating in the 7th grade; my wife stopped even earlier. Now it seems the trick-or-treaters are getting older and older. How old is too old? Any MR members planning on trick-or-treating tonight?

P.S. Yes, I have an ulterior motive: two middle school kids who still want to trick-or-treat this year.
 

ohcrap

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I haven't trick-or-treated since junior high, not because I got too old, I just got too lazy.. ;)
 

saabmp3

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Wow, I was going to say 12 or 13 is about time to stop. I guess I'm a little out of touch with today's youth (and I consider myself one still sometimes!).

BEN
 

PlaceofDis

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seventh grade is when i stopped


although i know people who did so all throughout high school. never understood it myself.
 

ohcrap

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PlaceofDis said:
seventh grade is when i stopped


although i know people who did so all throughout high school. never understood it myself.
Either a pathetic attempt to get candy they no longer deserve or they are still trying to grasp onto their childhood and cannot except that they are growing up. :D

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PlaceofDis

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ohcrap said:
Either a pathetic attempt to get candy they no longer deserve or they are still trying to grasp onto their childhood and cannot except that they are growing up. :D

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most likely, both. sad though.

i even know some college kids who went trick or treating, but they were doing it as a prank thing..... and it was a college town.... whatever floats their boat i guess
 

Abstract

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I say 11 years old is the limit (that's 6th grade). After that, go to the store the day after Halloween and just buy the candy that you WANT at drastically reduced prices. Heck, I still do that. ;)
 

IndyGopher

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wordmunger said:
I stopped trick or treating in the 7th grade; my wife stopped even earlier. Now it seems the trick-or-treaters are getting older and older. How old is too old? Any MR members planning on trick-or-treating tonight?

P.S. Yes, I have an ulterior motive: two middle school kids who still want to trick-or-treat this year.
I intend to let my son (now 11) Trick-Or-Treat as long as he wants to. As long as he is doing it in the right spirit, ie, making an effort with the costumes, etc, and not just out panhandling candy, I see no harm in it. When enough people ask him if he isn't a little old for trick-or-treating, he will stop. Kids stop being kids way too soon as it is.. no way am I going to force them to stop.
 

devilot

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clayj said:
High school freshmen (9th grade) are OK to trick or treat. Any older than that, no.
Hey! Many a person would think I can still pass for that age. ;) Although, I'm 21... and what's wrong w/ wanting some candy? Seriously, I eat way less candy now compared to when I was of trick-or-treating age... I'll stop when I have 2-3 of each candy I feel like. :D
 

solvs

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A couple of years ago a group of teenage girls came Trick or Treating in my neighborhood after all the little ones had long since gone home. They kept asking for more candy. Trying to be all flirty. It was kinda funny. My gf was on the phone with me at the time laughing her ass off listening to them.

I think once you're an "adult" it's kinda pathetic... but I guess if you look young enough or have a really good costume, hey, free candy. :D
 

ohcrap

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solvs said:
A couple of years ago a group of teenage girls came Trick or Treating in my neighborhood after all the little ones had long since gone home. They kept asking for more candy. Trying to be all flirty. It was kinda funny. My gf was on the phone with me at the time laughing her ass off listening to them.
I'd have given them something alright... and I don't mean candy. ;)
 

~Shard~

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27 years old and still going strong! It helps if you walk around on your knees to appear shorter. :D ;)

Seriously, I'm thinking no kid past 12 years old probably should...