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To Trick or Treat, That Is the Question

I can't really remember the last time I went trick-or-treating. I know I went in ninth grade with a friend of mine who lived in an apartment complex. I remember this because I realized this sort of trick or treating was a different animal. Where had it been all my life?

No walking down long dark driveways only to find out they were handing out apples. Apples I was never permitted to eat because there might be razor blades lurking inside of them. Or even worse walking all the way down the driveway to find out the people weren't handing out anything at all even though you could see them through the window watching their television.

And then I went on the spur of the moment when I was a senior in high school. Two friends and I dressed up as the Bewitched family. I was Tabitha.

Never did anyone suggest that we were too old for trick-or-treating.

My husband, on the other hand, does not remember trick-or-treating past the elementary school years.

I have noticed in our little town that once the kids are about 10 years old they do not trick-or-treat any longer. Instead their parents buy them shaving cream and they run around the town wild spray painting profanity and vulgar pictures all over the place.

Did you get the part where I said the parents not only allow this but PURCHASE the shaving cream for their children? This isn't to say that all of the parents and children participate in this behavior, but enough of them do that every Halloween I feel disgusted. The couple of people who I slightly know that allow this reason that it "could be worse." Which I don't think, aside from dealing with the toddler years, has ever been my parenting mantra.

Whoops, didn't mean to get sidetracked by little rant.

All of my children will be trick-or treating this year. My oldest, who is 12 almost 13, was unsure if he wanted to go. Not because he didn't want to but because he was afraid of what other people would say. I finally convinced him that one of the unique joys of having many younger siblings is that he can tell everyone that he is going out for them.

But I am wondering what everyone else does? Is there a cut-off age for trick-or-treating in your family? Would you be upset if older children IN costume came to your house?


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