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    kristenk is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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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 Green_Tea View Post
    Around here kids trick or treat all the way through middle school. I'd say that once they hot HS they are too old, but I am not in the business of denying a polite teen in a costume a piece of candy!
    My experience too. I went out when I was 16.

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    So long as they are in costume and are respectful, I'm fine with teenagers trick or treating.
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    DS didn't go this year--he just turned 13. I honestly think he couldn't think of a costume and he was having second thoughts so with those 2 elements combined, he handed out candy.

    I don't care how old you are as long as you are in a costume and you say trick or treat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StantonHyde View Post

    I don't care how old you are as long as you are in a costume and you say trick or treat!
    DS1 is 12 and he went out this year. We get lots of teens in our neighborhood. It doesn't bother me as long as they're polite.
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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.
    No deal.
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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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