I’m lucky to get 4 trick or treaters and 2 of them are my grandchildren. I love Halloween and always have. I can remember when my brother and I went in the late 60’s and early 70’s, we went all over the whole town alone. Our parents never went with us and people were really into it. I remember one guy had a big barbecue going and he made hot dogs for all the kids. We went until we were pretty old. I’m thinking I went until the dances started in jr high. What would that make me? 12 or 13 I’m guessing. Then we all celebrated at school. Do schools do that anymore? Have Halloween dances??
Sorry, got off track. This is the question. They are talking about making it against the law for kids older than 12 to go trick or treating. In West Springfield, Mass kids would get fined $100 for trick or treating if they’re older than 12 and there could possible be jail time. I kid you NOT. Single parents and the elderly are “afraid” of the older kids coming to the door in scary masks.
I feel if you’re afraid then you shouldn’t go to the door at all. Maybe leave a note that you’re not home and take one piece please and go do what you want to do in your house. What if some child was just tall for his or her age? This has way too many “ifs” in it for me and just pray tell who’s going to enforce this? We can’t keep big crime under control but now we’re going to have Halloween police? I’m sorry but I just had to say that. Being afraid is about the lousiest (I don’t care if that’s not a word!) excuse I could imagine anyone saying. It’s Halloween! I feel if someone took the time to get in costume and they come to my door, I’m going to give them the candy bar. Who is that possibly hurting? So they’re over 12, no candy for them? Also, a lot of kids mature at different times and I think this is really taking something away from kids and I really feel this is being petty.
Here is something from our own WCCO. It came on at noon today while I was contemplating writing this post.
How old were you when you trick or treated for the last time? Do you think this should be against the law for these kids? What do you think? Anything to add?