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post #61 of 96
I don't think there's anything wrong with older teenagers TOT and I strongly prefer they be out looking for treats than egging homes but I do find it a little odd. I stopped going by the end of elementary. No one forced me to stay home, I just felt awkward doing something that is seen by most people to be for little kids.
That said, anyone who knocks on my door at a reasonable time, in a costume and says TOT will get candy from me.
post #62 of 96
Dd1 went last year at 15, she's not going this year (which means she can stay and hand out, and I can go with a child of mine for the first time ever).

I have more issue with parents bringing little kids around than I do with teens. If your kid is too little (can't even walk) then don't beg for candy. We all know who's getting it. Buy your own!
post #63 of 96
Where I grew up there were a lot of kids my age, and most of us went TOT until we were 15....and that was with out younger siblings. A few of us got lucky and had younger siblings (in my case, much younger, 11 years younger) and would HAPPILY volunteer to take them TOT. BUT, we always dressed up, and said "Trick or Treat" and "Thank you, Happy Halloween"

I don't mind teenagers, so long as they are polite and in costume!
post #64 of 96
In our family we stopped at 12. Not sure if we'll continue that with ds (he's only 3) but i'm sure by then he'd rather have a halloween party anyway!
post #65 of 96
I went through college and even a couple times after that.
I don't care how old people are just be dressed up and polite.
post #66 of 96
I think the last year I went I was 16? I know I dressed as Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It was the neighborhood I'd grown up in and was the last year we lived there and I knew all the neighbors and no one seemed phased by teenagers trick or treating. We were all dressed up and polite and went to do something else (probably watch scary movies at a friend's and eat a bunch of junk) once the porch lights started going off.
post #67 of 96
Around here 12-13 is about the oldest we see, unless they are taking younger kids around with them. It doesn't bother me to see teenagers out, as long as they make the effort to wear a costume.

I have to admit that I went TOT at 15, NOT in costume, with a group of unruly teenagers also not in costume. I am really embarrassed looking back, especially when I think of the fact that all the townspeople gave us weird looks but still generously gave us candy in spite of our bad manners.
post #68 of 96
I think 12 or 13 is about the oldest I'd go. I quit trick or treating around 5th grade or so because I felt too big.
post #69 of 96
I grew up in a small town where most kids continued to trick-or-treat through senior year in high school. The kids who weren't trick-or-treating were running around town getting into trouble. So, yeah, my kids will be going trick-or-treating as long as they want to.

Lara
post #70 of 96
I have always thought of TOT as a fun thing for little ones to do. Our son stopped when he was about 8 -- he actually thought it was more fun to be the one to hand out the candy at the door. Personally - I think 12 should be the cut off.

We are in a fairly high end neighbourhood so parents and teens drive their kids into our neighbourhood thinking they are going to get better goodies - which is just crazy as I am sure we give out the same items as everyone else .. LOL .. anyway -- we have very few small children in our neighbouhood but they all suddenly appear on Oct 31st --- we can easily give out to 200 kids..

Our experience with teens has not been a good one -- they show up demanding candy not even in costume.

When our son became a teenager - none of his friends went TOT either so we started hosting a party for all of them every year --- .
post #71 of 96
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Originally Posted by Peppermint Leaf View Post
We are in a fairly high end neighbourhood so parents and teens drive their kids into our neighbourhood thinking they are going to get better goodies - which is just crazy as I am sure we give out the same items as everyone else .. LOL
We did this when I was a kid! And we did get better stuff!! The houses in the 'regular' parts of town would get the big bags of cheap candy -- and you only got one piece -- so one bite-size tootsie roll or a smartie or a gumball, or else an off-brand candy. The houses in the 'well-off' neighborhoods gave out half-size milky ways, reese's, etc., the more 'expensive' candies, and often let you take 2 or 3. A few houses even gave out full-size candy bars or made little plastic pumpkins filled with candies. (Maybe some people love those cheap candies but I always thought they were gross and would only eat a few very specific chocolate candies like snickers or york patties, both of which I haven't touched in 15 years anyway so what do I know about candy lol!)
post #72 of 96
slightly off topic -- but I was at the grocery store this evening and people in line were talking about what they give out for treats on halloween -- and one guy in line up said he gave out the little baby belle cheeses .. wow ... the cashier said he doesnt buy anything he gives a quarter to each TOT.
post #73 of 96
I just read on yahoo this morning that one town in Illinois that fines you $100 if you are caught ToT over the age of 12. That is just wrong to me.
post #74 of 96
A thought came to me tonight when DS and I were out. Those of you that say ToTers must be in costume to get treats from you...

What about winter coats?

Last night the temperature around here dropped way down, so it was suddenly pretty chilly today. DS was fine since I made his costume myself and made sure it was warm, but I saw many others kids out with their costumes completely covered by their coats.
post #75 of 96
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Originally Posted by NiteNicole View Post
I can't imagine discouraging a child who still wants to go. Here, we get a huge age range - from teeny babies who are asleep in mom's arms to teenagers. As long as everyone is polite, I am fine with it. Who doesn't like free candy?
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I think it's up to the kid. My 8 year old waffled a bit on whether he wanted to go or not until we got to the Halloween store. I'd have no problem with a teenager dressed up trick or treating.
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I feel that as long as you are in costume you are good to go.

We have a lot of teenagers TOT in our neighborhood. They are all in costume and having fun.


I could care less about age. TOT is about having fun, getting out and meeting people. I wouldnt dream of putting an age limit on my kids. DD is 10 and went this year and I imagine she will go for years to come.
post #76 of 96
The cut off for my family was 10 growing up.
Personally, I don't mind teenagers TorT as long as they are polite and they are in costume. I won't give candy to people not in costume unless I see teens escorting around their siblings. Theres a LOT of that over here, we have a ton of fathers/mothers deployed so the older siblings step up and help with their younger siblings, I always offer those kids candy.
post #77 of 96
I guess I'm a cranky old lady, because I was fed up about 20 minutes into last night with the huge number of older teens who were half-heartedly costumed who blew through all our candy.

If you're old enough to get a job, you're too old to extort candy out of people.

I also don't like the parents who have a toddler with a loot bag who are also carrying their own. I mean, raid your kid's treats when he goes to bed like every other red-blooded American parent.

ALSO I don't like the bussing-in from other neighborhoods. All these things make the holiday go from a fun community thing to a dog-eat-dog candy grab.

(Now I have to go check that our house wasn't egged because we ran out of candy- like $25 worth- in 1.5 hours.)
post #78 of 96
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I also don't like the parents who have a toddler with a loot bag who are also carrying their own. I mean, raid your kid's treats when he goes to bed like every other red-blooded American parent.
People do this???
post #79 of 96
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People do this???
Apparently!

It was my first Halloween as an adult homeowner in the heart of suburbia. I always thought people were exaggerating about the teens etc, but not here! The worst was a pack of about 20 teens, most of whom were in no costume at all, hauling huge pillowcases. I had to sternly ask them to step aside to let a sweet little 3-4 yr old Dora off the porch before they sacked us as though we were Rome. Fortunately everyone obeyed the 5-7pm TOT time, so it wasn't wild and crazy all night.

We did get quite a few adorable little guys, but I'd say the older set outnumbered the 13-and-unders by a large margin.

Next year I'm going to order a few gross of cute little toys from Oriental Trading and give those to everyone instead of a small fortune of candy. I gave out little temporary tattoos with the candy, and those went over big!
post #80 of 96
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Originally Posted by ErinYay View Post
We did get quite a few adorable little guys, but I'd say the older set outnumbered the 13-and-unders by a large margin.
I don't think it's that there are more of the teens out, it just that they move faster, and hit more houses. They also communicate with each other about what are the "good" houses.

Of course the teen definition of a "good" house is different than DS's. DS is perfectly pleased with the old lady down the street who gave him a single bag of pretzels, but then chatted on and on with him about what a scary ghost he was. Teens don't usually want to stand around and chat with old ladies giving out pretzels. DS was even pretty happy to meet the religious family up the street who didn't give him anything.
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