Is there really an age limit to trick-or-treat on Halloween?


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Dylan Shields, Opinions Editor

Trick-or-treating has been a tradition since the 1930s.  For years, kids across the country have been walking around neighborhoods, getting many types of treats such as Hershey’s or Reese’s.

Mostly, when people think of trick-or-treating, they think of little boys and girls, typically aged 4-12 going out to get candy.  However, older teenagers do trick-or-treat for the sake of receiving the candy they so desire.

This begs the question.  Should there be an age limit on going trick-or-treating?  Many people have different answers to this question.  There’s even laws in Chesapeake, Va. that fine teenagers if they get caught going trick-or-treating.  Some towns even go as far as to put teens in jail!

Now there are two sides to this story.  On one side, America is a free country, and people should be able to do whatever they want to do.  So if they desire to go trick-or-treating to get candy, then they should be allowed.  It wouldn’t be fair to not allow teens to go, yet let others go just because of their younger age.

At the same time, it is selfish for teens to take the spotlight away from younger children just because they want candy.  It should be more than just about getting candy.

In my personal opinion, there shouldn’t be laws on teenagers because that’s going off the top.  However, let the little kids have fun.  Don’t take all the candy away from little kids just because you want the candy.  Parents want their children to have the best experience possible, and these kids will go all in to get or make a great costume.  What I am trying to say is that teenagers can go ahead and get candy but put the spotlight on the younger trick-or-treaters.

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