How Old is Too Old?


Are teenagers too old to go trick-or-treating on Halloween? Mercy girls weigh in on the free candy issue.

Sydney Hembree, Staff Reporter

It’s that time of year again:  pumpkin carving, scary treats, and trick-or-treating are just around the corner. But are you too old to go trick-or-treating? Apparently the majority of Mercy students think you’re never to old.

Are teenagers too old to go trick-or-treating on Halloween? Mercy girls weigh in.

In an email survey of Mercy students 24% said age 16 years should be the cutoff for trick-or-treating. But 43% of the survey respondents answered, “As long as you wear a costume, you can always go trick-or-treating!”

Here are a few guidelines for older trick-or-treaters:

1) Be polite and say the customary “Trick or Treat!” when knocking or ringing the doorbell.

2) You must be dressed in costume. Half-hearted attempts are not even accepted at some households.

3) Let the little kids go in front of you. They are in their prime treating years, and you are a pro. Let them have all the fun while they still can.

Following these guidelines and enjoying the Halloween spirit are all you need to have a blast on Oct. 31.

Halloween Fun Facts:

  • Chocolate makes up about three-quarters of a trick-or-treater’s loot, according to the National Confectioners Association.
  • What’s in the candy corn recipe, exactly? Sugar, corn syrup, and marshmallow.
  • 90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween trick-or-treat bags.
  • More than 93% of children go trick-or-treating each year.

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