Having my own children has slowly brought me around and I no longer hate Halloween as I did for most of my life. For years I was a Halloween Scrooge because I never, not even once, had a costume of my own choosing as a kid.
Still, I have one pretty big Halloween pet peeve: Teenagers past reasonable trick-or-treating age walking around in huge packs in half-assed costumes (think T-shirts or just a crazy hair-do), ringing people's doorbells for candy. I was in 8th grade the last time I trick-or-treated. I was 13 and felt like a huge moron mingling with my three classmates among a bunch of little kids dressed as Care Bears and Ninja Turtles.
Although I'd never turn a teenager away (mostly because they are also now big enough to kick my ass and that would totally ruin the holiday) I have an unspoken rule. See below.
I think as a candy-giver it's awesome when a little princess walks up and you can tell her how beautiful she looks. Or a kid in a super-hero costume who thinks they're a total badass - awesome! Or even a 1-year-old who is too young for the candy anyway... But a teenager in a Halloween t-shirt? I'd love to tell them to pound sand. "Here, have 75 cents worth of candy that I paid for with my hard-earned money. Would you rather I just give you the cash so you can put it towards your next iTunes purchase?" Or better yet, they can have candy if they can give me a good explanation of why this candy wasn't important enough for them to bother with a real costume. And please don't get me started on the Slut Suits. I can't take it.
There are, perhaps a few exceptions to this rule. Maybe if you were escorting little kids or if your own parents were with you maybe.
So I ask you: How old is TOO OLD to trick-or-treat?