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Teenage trick or treaters

post #1 of 124
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I think more than half of the kids who came to our door tonight were 12-15 years old. Some wore costumes, a few not; none were snarky, rude, or threatening. I really think that no matter how fast our culture wants kids to grow up, many teens want to stay kids for awhile. I was happy to give them candy. Anybody else see them as big kids clinging to a happy childhood tradition?
post #2 of 124
About half the kids who came to my house looked to be young teenagers without costumes. Some might have had younger siblings, but I feel anyone who asks for candy can have some. None were at all rude.
post #3 of 124
I never get why people get so bothered by teens trick or treating. They need to make some attempt at a costume though. I last Trick or treated when I was 14.
post #4 of 124
Not me. I took the kids trick-or-treating today, and all the teens I came in contact with were very rude, crowding in front of the little kids, etc. I'm still p/o'd over it.
post #5 of 124
I think it's cute.
Some of them may even act all tough and like they're "getting away with something" but they (like everyone else) just want some lovin' too. It's important to show them that there is still some kindness left in this scary world.
post #6 of 124
I went trick-or-treating until I was 14 and I didn't feel weird about it at all. I didn't feel comfortable going the next year, so I didn't.

If big trick-or-treaters come to my door, they get candy same as everyone else. If they're snotty because I didn't give them enough, then they get a swift kick in the pants, same as anyone else who is rude whilst begging for candy.
post #7 of 124
We had alot of non-dressed up teens too. As long as they're nice I don't mind at all giving them candy- but DH always makes them tell him what they 'are' before he'll hand anything over. We had one girl tonight (maybe about 14?) who came up with three different costumes depending on how she wore her sweatshirt- it was hysterical!

Best costume we've seen at our door was two years ago- a teenage boy dressed up as a traffic cone. His friend was with him as "Captain Silverpants" and had to do all the talking for him. Very funny! But I have to say my ultimate favorite costume was the giant tentacle at an AnimeCon this year.
post #8 of 124
I didn't really see too many here, I didnt' hand out candy though, my dh did that and I took the kids around.

I get annoyed at how many people take their kids out with both parents and then don't pass out candy, particularly if they do this every year. We'd love to both go out with them but it seems wrong to go collect candy if we don't hand it out.
post #9 of 124
We had a lot of teens, too. They were polite, but some of the costumes were a bit scary.
post #10 of 124
We ended up on a street that was largely older kids tonight. The second house we went to, dd and ds marched up and said trick-or-treat and the guy said wow, I haven't heard that in 20 minutes, no please, no thanks, no nothing. This was a very busy street, so that was a ton of kids that were, IMO, pretty rude.

My mom works with a guy who told her how they handle the older kids. 1. If they don't say anything, neither does he. They get nothing. 2. If they do say trick-or-treat, he says trick please. If they don't have a trick, he takes candy from them. : I love that. I guess some areas have more rude older kids that trick-or-treat.
post #11 of 124
That's mean.

I trick or treated until I was 14 and then started borrowing a kid to take until I had my own- she was 6 months old her first halloween. I love to take my two now and have almost as much fun as they do. I'm a single mom though so I do take them out but don't always hand out candy (depends what time I get off work).
post #12 of 124
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Originally Posted by PoppyMama
That's mean.
So is stealing candy from little kids, running them over, emptying the whole bucket when it says "take one please", etc... like I said, I guess some neighborhoods have kids that are more rude than others.
post #13 of 124
I am also a bit Po'd about teenagers TOTing. I took DS, 15 mo, and his cousins, ages 21 mo, 3 1/2, and 6, out TOTing tonight. A couple houses had baskets of candy on the porch and a sign that said "Please take ONE". I told our kids 'Just take one, guys,' and they were being so polite and just took one piece each. But there was a group of teenage girls behind us, and they shoved in front of the 3 yr old who was taking his time finding a piece he liked, and practically knocked him over as they took 3 HANDFULLS each. They were rude to the people who opened doors, never saying thank you. They tromped right thru people's plants and gardens too. Not a good example for the little ones behind them. Some boys were scaring my 21 mo nephew.
I dont have a problem with teens TOTing as long as they are polite and dont take advantage of other kids or other people.

Lisa
post #14 of 124
I make 'em say trick or treat, and harass them if they don't have a costume (in a teasing way, not mean). I met a few tonight who not only didn't have costumes, they didn't even have a candy bag!! One of them told me he was eating it as he went! I give candy to anyone who comes to the door and asks, and around here, they're pretty polite.
post #15 of 124
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Originally Posted by tayndrewsmama
So is stealing candy from little kids, running them over, emptying the whole bucket when it says "take one please", etc... like I said, I guess some neighborhoods have kids that are more rude than others.
So form a patrol and watch over the littler kids- but being really mean to all older kids because some are rude and horrible is being just as bad.....actually worse cause he's an adult.
post #16 of 124
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Originally Posted by PoppyMama
So form a patrol and watch over the littler kids- but being really mean to all older kids because some are rude and horrible is being just as bad.....actually worse cause he's an adult.
Wow, I guess you didn't actually read my post then. Where did is say he was mean to all kids? BTW, did you know that the trick part was orginally a real part of TOTing?

Oh yeah, I am not going to bother forming a patrol over them, that's what their freaking parents should have done before they starting acting like that in the first place.

ETA: Oops, I misread that about who to patrol over. IMO, saying it that way is just a cover for patroling that rude ones. The little kids aren't out alone.
post #17 of 124
I was impressed with the teens we saw tonight. They were all in costume and seemed just as excited to be out TOTing as the little ones. I don't mind when teens TOT as long as they wear a costume and are polite. For some reason it really bugs me when they don't bother to wear costumes.
post #18 of 124
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Originally Posted by tayndrewsmama
My mom works with a guy who told her how they handle the older kids. 1. If they don't say anything, neither does he. They get nothing. 2. If they do say trick-or-treat, he says trick please. If they don't have a trick, he takes candy from them. : I love that. I guess some areas have more rude older kids that trick-or-treat.
It doesn't say that he knows who the mean ones are when they knock on the door it says that when they say trick or treat he asks for a trick which none of the kids understand much anymore and then he takes candy from them. That's ridiculous and mean. Would he rather they were out for the tricks and not the treats? I might want to get in on some TP action for his house. Some guy asked my son for a trick tonight and my son had no idea- finally told the guy "trick or treat eat my feet" and the guy was satisfied.
post #19 of 124
Ok, so you don't agree with what he does. I am not gonna fight with you about it.
post #20 of 124
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Originally Posted by tayndrewsmama

2. If they do say trick-or-treat, he says trick please. If they don't have a trick, he takes candy from them. : I love that. I guess some areas have more rude older kids that trick-or-treat.
Yipes!! Not too smart to ask for a trick. You know that if you don't hand out treats to appease the mischeivous spirits, some pretty nasty things can happen to your home. (Toilet paper, rotten eggs... )
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