Trick-or-Treating at What Age?
On the way to drop the boys off at school yesterday, we were listening to a radio show and the topic was trick-or-treating. I have fond memories of trick-or-treating as a little girl, probably up to my early teens. Then after that, I was happy if we bought bags of candy as a family, sat down with a good movie, and enjoyed the sweet feast!
As a parent now handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, I love seeing the variety of costumes and the excitement on the little ones’ faces when I open the door and they say with a big smile, “Trick or treat.” They love it when I talk about each of their costumes and I almost feel like it’s a boost of confidence at each doorstep for the kids, not necessarily being all about the candy. I mean, who doesn’t love to hear that their haircut turned out cute or that their chocolate cream pie is the best in town. What kid doesn’t love it when an adult knows what he drew in his picture or what costume she’s wearing? It’s fun!
As I was listening to the program, a woman came on the show and said that she goes trick-or-treating with her teenage kids. OK, so I think teenage kids trick-or-treating is pushing it, but I’ll still give the candy to them. However, to have a grown woman (or man) standing at my door with an open bag waiting for me to drop in handfuls of candy? I would say – inappropriate? How do you feel about that? Now, this woman did say that she takes the candy to a home where she works with mentally handicapped kids, but I myself would feel so much better if I just bought or made them goodies. Or possibly just take the candy that my kids wouldn’t eat and donate them to to somebody.
I laughed when he talked about the dad holding the 3 month old dressed in a pumpkin costume, saying trick-or-treat. A 3 month old isn’t going to eat candy and if you’re giving a 3 month old chocolate……well, I love chocolate, but DON’T give a 3 month old chocolate! I do think there is an exception to the dad (or mom) trick-or-treating with the 3 month old pumpkin if you are trick-or-treating with older siblings. Then it just makes for good photo opportunities.
On the show, they started talking about how they have a big Halloween party in their neighborhood with Hay Rides. Hay rides? That sounds fun. You’d think so, until you heard the punchline. The hay ride takes place up and down the street and as it passes the island in the middle of the road, a group of adults jump out and scare the kids! Ok….now, if they are teenagers, that’s one thing. However, if we’re talking about little “goldfish” aged kids – WAY inappropriate! Then again, I am about Halloween being fun, not freaking out little kids.
What are your thoughts?