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TheOnlyMrK
November 1st, 2009, 12:56 AM
The question has been bugging me for awhile now. I'm 16 and thinking this will probably be the last year I go trick or treating, I wouldn't even go this year but the thoughts of giant bags of candy was just barely enough to overcome that. Last year all my friends did it but this year they got into a "bad crowd" and I stopped hanging out with them, I texted them anyways and asked if they still trick or treat and they said they were going to a "party", so it makes me feel like I'm an idiot being 16 and trick or treating still. I have no friends anymore so I have no one close to ask if they still do it or not. Either way weather I'm too old or not I know I'm at least going to try and enjoy this Halloween and see if I can get some candy. Lol.

I've noticed that their seem to be people here of all ages so do you still trick or treat and if not when did you stop?

Edit: My comment I left at the back of this thread;
Yeah something I never really realized... How much of a little kids thing Trick or Treating is. I walked out my door and it was nothing but little 5year olds running around the street with their parents while cars drove at 2mph with more cautious parents inside, I walked one block, turned around, and went home, didn't even stop to get candy.
Me and my friends always went to this huge neighborhood for Trick or Treating (just going to say ToT now) and I figured we went to it simply because well, it's huge, but now I realise we went there because the place was well known for high drugs, violence, gangs, and so on, no parent in their right mind would let a kid under 13 in that neighborhood, so most ToT'ers in there were 14 to 21+, so it just made me think ToT was for teens too. Boy was I wrong.

geogur
November 1st, 2009, 01:19 AM
there is no age rule if you feel festive dress up and have fun !

The Toxic Mite
November 1st, 2009, 01:22 AM
I'd say about 10, because older people are likely to egg other people's windows ;)

Tipped OuT
November 1st, 2009, 01:26 AM
I would say 12 max. Anything older... ehh kinda creepy.

samjh
November 1st, 2009, 01:37 AM
When you're older than 12. Basically the age when boys stop having squeaky voices and girls stop being interested in doll playhouses.

The Real Dave
November 1st, 2009, 01:38 AM
The question has been bugging me for awhile now. I'm 16 and thinking this will probably be the last year I go trick or treating, I wouldn't even go this year but the thoughts of giant bags of candy was just barely enough to overcome that. Last year all my friends did it but this year they got into a "bad crowd" and I stopped hanging out with them, I texted them anyways and asked if they still trick or treat and they said they were going to a "party", so it makes me feel like I'm an idiot being 16 and trick or treating still. I have no friends anymore so I have no one close to ask if they still do it or not. Either way weather I'm too old or not I know I'm at least going to try and enjoy this Halloween and see if I can get some candy. Lol.

I've noticed that their seem to be people here of all ages so do you still trick or treat and if not when did you stop?

Personally, I would feel 16 is too old, I wasn't trick or treating at that age, but like, its your choice mate. You enjoy it? Then do it :) It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

Actually, I'm 17 and I reckoned that a few of my mates would probably do it for the laugh :)

mkendall
November 1st, 2009, 02:06 AM
What you need is a candy beard. Do you have any younger siblings, nieces, or nephews? Or you could chaperon a neighbor's child.

schauerlich
November 1st, 2009, 02:12 AM
If you're going with a group of friends, you can probably get away with it at 16 for the lulz. If you're going alone, or with only 2 or 3 people, then it'd be a little weird.

Exodist
November 1st, 2009, 02:19 AM
16 is to old to be going for the door asking for Candy. But if your escorting younger kids around its still cool to be dressed up to look festive.

But yea if your going ToT at 16, thats freaky and weird.

spoons
November 1st, 2009, 02:31 AM
Seems a bit odd but whatever you're comfortable doing. You can always escort the younger kids as mentioned.

JillSwift
November 1st, 2009, 02:40 AM
The age commonly referred to as "dead".

NoaHall
November 1st, 2009, 02:42 AM
The age commonly referred to as "dead".

Surely that's the perfect age.

TheOnlyMrK
November 1st, 2009, 02:43 AM
Yeah something I never really realized... How much of a little kids thing Trick or Treating is. I walked out my door and it was nothing but little 5year olds running around the street with their parents while cars drove at 2mph with more cautious parents inside, I walked one block, turned around, and went home, didn't even stop to get candy.
Me and my friends always went to this huge neighborhood for Trick or Treating (just going to say ToT now) and I figured we went to it simply because well, it's huge, but now I realise we went there because the place was well known for high drugs, violence, gangs, and so on, no parent in their right mind would let a kid under 13 in that neighborhood, so most ToT'ers in there were 14 to 21+, so it just made me think ToT was for teens too. Boy was I wrong.

reprobus
November 1st, 2009, 02:47 AM
I had fun taping pennies to firecrackers so as to give them a little weight and launching them on the roofs of peoples houses with a sling shot.

JillSwift
November 1st, 2009, 02:48 AM
Surely that's the perfect age.
Some might argue so, but I say that there's no fun in it at all. Or anything else. :p

wojox
November 1st, 2009, 02:53 AM
Q: How old is too old for Trick or Treating?

A: When you have to ask.

TheOnlyMrK
November 1st, 2009, 02:55 AM
Q: How old is too old for Trick or Treating?

A: When you have to ask.
If I had read that before I tried to ToT I would of laughed and shook my head then stayed inside to fix Xubuntu on my PS3 the rest of the night. xD I never thought about it that way.

TheOnlyMrK
November 1st, 2009, 03:20 AM
The age commonly referred to as "dead".
I think I could agree with that too. It just looks like life gives you breaks, ToT till you're a teen, then years later you have a kid and use them as an excuse to go ToT, they get tired of you following them around, then you just get old and no one questions you anymore, do what you want. xD

wulfgang
November 1st, 2009, 05:25 AM
I don't have any friends any more also. That's way I stayed home and browsed the ubuntu forums. lol

TheOnlyMrK
November 1st, 2009, 05:27 AM
I don't have any friends any more also. That's way I stayed home and browsed the ubuntu forums.
All my real friends are on the internet. Lol. Second Life is very addicting once you get into it.

hoppipolla
November 1st, 2009, 05:29 AM
I always thought it was just for little kids o.O

I guess you could do it when you're older though, I never really thought about it..


EDIT -- Also remember I'm in the UK so things aren't QUITE the same as in the US! :)

kyle99
November 1st, 2009, 05:39 AM
Really, I think that there's really no age limit. If you put the effort together to get a nice looking costume, I'll give you candy, no matter what your age is.

coolbrook
November 1st, 2009, 05:45 AM
I stopped at 14 after taking a couple years off. I'll agree with a few others. If you're old enough to drive then you're too old to go door to door, on foot.

TheOnlyMrK
November 1st, 2009, 05:46 AM
Really, I think that there's really no age limit. If you put the effort together to get a nice looking costume, I'll give you candy, no matter what your age is.
If only everyone thought like that. Plus I never see anyone actually making a good Halloween costume anymore, everyone buys all this cheap fake looking stuff from Walgreens and think it's cool when it's not. :/ The only person I know that made their own Halloween costume is one of my internet best friends, he made a cat costume, while I generally like to stick to scary-oriented Halloween I have to give him credit for actually not only building his own costume but doing a good job at it.

Potters Son
November 1st, 2009, 05:51 AM
Well, you might be too old to trick-or-treat at sixteen, but believe me, when you get to college, you're not too old to do anything.

TheOnlyMrK
November 1st, 2009, 06:05 AM
Well, you might be too old to trick-or-treat at sixteen, but believe me, when you get to college, you're not too old to do anything.
If only I were going to college lol, currently my life is going nowhere school-wise. I'm still a freshman, just barely. But I'm not getting into school problems here.

Lightstar
November 1st, 2009, 06:38 AM
Around here, we like the kids to stop when they reach puberty or so :P

But I guess it really depends on the area you live in. I've seen some grown adults, in the 20s, trick or treating in north carolina. But you know, at that point, they do it just for free candy, they do not actually enjoy the halloween spirit. Unlike kids who do enjoy dressing up and visiting houses.

Personally, I don't give candy to anyone that looks 17 or over.
I keep eggs nearby, if they hit me, I hit them :P

For older people, there's some fun haunted houses or trails to visit, or go to parties. Time is better spent than on free candy greed.

wulfgang
November 1st, 2009, 06:53 AM
All my real friends are on the internet. Lol. Second Life is very addicting once you get into it.
Good. Now I don't feel alone. :)

Stan_1936
November 1st, 2009, 06:56 AM
The question has been bugging me for awhile now. I'm 16 and thinking this will probably be the last year I go trick or treating, I wouldn't even go this year but the thoughts of giant bags of candy was just barely enough to overcome that. Last year all my friends did it but this year they got into a "bad crowd" and I stopped hanging out with them, I texted them anyways and asked if they still trick or treat and they said they were going to a "party", so it makes me feel like I'm an idiot being 16 and trick or treating still. I have no friends anymore so I have no one close to ask if they still do it or not. Either way weather I'm too old or not I know I'm at least going to try and enjoy this Halloween and see if I can get some candy. Lol.

I've noticed that their seem to be people here of all ages so do you still trick or treat and if not when did you stop?

Edit: My comment I left at the back of this thread;
Yeah something I never really realized... How much of a little kids thing Trick or Treating is. I walked out my door and it was nothing but little 5year olds running around the street with their parents while cars drove at 2mph with more cautious parents inside, I walked one block, turned around, and went home, didn't even stop to get candy.
Me and my friends always went to this huge neighborhood for Trick or Treating (just going to say ToT now) and I figured we went to it simply because well, it's huge, but now I realise we went there because the place was well known for high drugs, violence, gangs, and so on, no parent in their right mind would let a kid under 13 in that neighborhood, so most ToT'ers in there were 14 to 21+, so it just made me think ToT was for teens too. Boy was I wrong.

Somewhere between 15 and 20. After that it becomes awkward for people when they open their door.

Tipped OuT
November 1st, 2009, 06:57 AM
All my real friends are on the internet. Lol. Second Life is very addicting once you get into it.

Well I wouldn't refer to anyone online that I communicate with, as "friends". Unless they're there for you when you need them the most.

If so, then right on. :)

TheOnlyMrK
November 1st, 2009, 07:41 AM
Good. Now I don't feel alone. :)
Lol you use SL too or just all your friends are on the internet?

TheOnlyMrK
November 1st, 2009, 07:44 AM
Well I wouldn't refer to anyone online that I communicate with, as "friends". Unless they're there for you when you need them the most.

If so, then right on. :)
Yeah they are, I have some real "close" friends that live thousands of miles away. I've moved so much, thanks to my parents, I give up trying to make new friends in the real world anymore, two years till I have to get out and start a life anyways.

Exodist
November 1st, 2009, 07:56 AM
I always thought it was just for little kids o.O

I guess you could do it when you're older though, I never really thought about it..


EDIT -- Also remember I'm in the UK so things aren't QUITE the same as in the US! :)
Yea most kids about age 15 are trying to pork their girlfriends, not asking for candy like a moron! :-)

Ms_Angel_D
November 1st, 2009, 09:02 AM
I just wanted to say to the OP that there are plenty of other ways you can enjoy Halloween.


Dress up and give candy away yourself
Have a costume party with gift bags for visitors
Volunteer at a haunted house(this one is really fun!)
I believe some other poster mentioned dressing up and chaperoning, nieces, nephews or neighbor kids.
Just buy yourself a big selection of candy and enjoy it while hanging out at home
Have some friends over for a scary movie night (involve pizza and lot's of sweets)


I love Halloween and as an adult these are some of the thing I like to do to enjoy it. I don't even have to get my legs tired ;).

mivo
November 1st, 2009, 09:11 AM
All my real friends are on the internet. Lol. Second Life is very addicting once you get into it.

You waste the opportunity for IRL experiences that can only be made at your age. I'm not saying that online friends can't be as real. I know they can be and have known some for eighteen and more years (there was "online" before the internet). But some things only the Waking World offers, and for some of them, there is only a limited window of time.

Bachstelze
November 1st, 2009, 09:28 AM
there is no age rule if you feel festive dress up and have fun !

This.

coolbrook
November 2nd, 2009, 02:21 AM
Dress up and give candy away yourself
Have a costume party with gift bags for visitors
Volunteer at a haunted house(this one is really fun!)
I believe some other poster mentioned dressing up and chaperoning, nieces, nephews or neighbor kids.
Just buy yourself a big selection of candy and enjoy it while hanging out at home
Have some friends over for a scary movie night (involve pizza and lot's of sweets)


+ Pumpkin Carving. You can't outgrow that. Next year I'll be striving for expert quality work.

LowSky
November 2nd, 2009, 02:25 AM
your 16, get a job and buy your own bag of candy!

jrusso2
November 2nd, 2009, 02:29 AM
Anything older then ten I felt like a fool so I would say ten years old.

BenAshton24
November 2nd, 2009, 02:45 AM
Lol! I'm 15 & I've just moved to Canada, so I don't really have any proper friends yet... so I spent this Halloween programming and browsing forums :P

Genius314
November 2nd, 2009, 02:51 AM
If you're a short person, you can just wear a mask, and no one would ever know how old you are! :p

Generally it's only acceptable if you're with a bunch of friends. Then it becomes kind of an ironic, just-for-fun type thing.

collinp
November 2nd, 2009, 02:56 AM
You are never too old to do anything :).

Dark Aspect
November 2nd, 2009, 03:07 AM
Actually I have a rather funny story to add to this thread. I went with my younger sister this Halloween to let her go Trick or Treating and everyone seem to think I was the one wanting candy. Stuck me as being odd because I figured trick or treating should stop around 10-13 and I am 19 years old!!!

Still I am addicted to chocolate but I think anyone past 16 should definitely not be trick or treating, IMO.

whoop
November 2nd, 2009, 03:12 AM
Your too old when you feel too old...

toupeiro
November 2nd, 2009, 03:25 AM
Actually... I dislike when 20-30 year olds go door to door with bags of candy. You're never too old to celebrate on halloween, but I've always reserved the trick-or-treating tradition for children. Adults have a whole slew of better things to do dressed up!

pwnst*r
November 2nd, 2009, 03:33 AM
I would say 12 max. Anything older... ehh kinda creepy.

that's about right.

sandyd
November 2nd, 2009, 03:53 AM
16 is to old to be going for the door asking for Candy. But if your escorting younger kids around its still cool to be dressed up to look festive.

But yea if your going ToT at 16, thats freaky and weird.
im 18 and i just went trick or treating :)