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    Default How old is too old to trick or treat?

    I thought I'd ask the question on this board, because I think the answer might be different here than in the lounge.

    DD is 11yo and still very much into trick or treating. I have no concerns that she's too old or that other people will think that she's too old. I see her trick or treating for several more years.

    If your kids have stopped trick or treating, what age were they when they stopped?

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    My kids are younger but we definitely had several teens visit our house tonight. I'm totally fine with it as long as the kids are in costume and polite.

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    Around here kids trick or treat all the way through middle school. I'd say that once they hit HS they are too old, but I am not in the business of denying a polite teen in a costume a piece of candy!
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    I'm far from facing that issue myself, but I think as long as a kid is dressed up and polite, almost any age is okay. To be honest, as a parent of only young kids without much exposure to older children, I have a really hard time identifying how old a child is if they're much above 5....add in a costume, and I definitely have no clue -- so I couldn't really say how old some of our older trick or treaters are. The only thing that bothers me is that a couple years in a row, quite late we had a bunch of teens (again, hard to tell age, but they seemed "old") ring our bell with no costume (aka, jeans and t-shirts), holding out big pillowcases. No "trick-or-treat" or anything....just stared at us with bags held out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liziz View Post
    I'm far from facing that issue myself, but I think as long as a kid is dressed up and polite, almost any age is okay. To be honest, as a parent of only young kids without much exposure to older children, I have a really hard time identifying how old a child is if they're much above 5....add in a costume, and I definitely have no clue -- so I couldn't really say how old some of our older trick or treaters are. The only thing that bothers me is that a couple years in a row, quite late we had a bunch of teens (again, hard to tell age, but they seemed "old") ring our bell with no costume (aka, jeans and t-shirts), holding out big pillowcases. No "trick-or-treat" or anything....just stared at us with bags held out.
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    I'm also in the camp where a polite teen who's making an effort is fine treat-or-treating. That being said, my own big kid isn't really into Halloween or even candy, so she didn't even go out this time. I couldn't even persuade her to escort her little sister around the block!
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    13 or 14 I think, but I don't mind older if they aren't obnoxious or obviously making mischief! Lots of youth have fun party options so that helps the transition I think.
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    DS's best friend turned 13 today, so they went trick-or-treating with another friend. DH dropped them off at the elementary school at 5:30 pm and they went to the nearby neighborhoods. I had thought DH was going to go with them, but nope, he showed up at home about 5 min after he left. I asked if he gave them any rules, such as not going in anyone's houses. Nope. Argh. But everything went fine and they were done after about 2 hours. I certainly hope they were respectful and polite! I can't imagine otherwise with my son and his best friend. I don't know the other boy at all, though.

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    Our age limit is 12. Honestly (and I do not mean to offend but this is my opinion), I think it is a bit silly to see teens who could realistically have kids of their own out trick or treating. The teens have parties and other get- togethers to attend on Halloween. To me, it is kind of like bringing a 5 year old to a prom...But, hey, I realize that I am the odd person out on this.

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    It's funny, my older DD did not go out the last 2 years (when she was 12 and 13). But this year she asked if she could get a costume and ToT with her sister. So we did. And I have to say I saw a lot of kids that appeared to be in MS or early HS out this year. All were in costume and polite, so I have no issue with it.

    This would have all appalled me a few years ago but now I get it.

    teens are under so much stress these days as we have taken away their childhood! I make it a point to encourage fun, whenever possible, to balance
    the overload of homework and responsibilities.
    Absolutely My teen has 2-3 hours of homework a night, homework every weekend, and over school holidays. I feel like she has so little time to just be a kid and goof off. We live in a very type A area and on top of that she goes to a magnet HS. They expect these kids to be mini-adults. Things like Halloween give them a chance to extend their childhood.
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