Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WTF Wednesday - The "Unspoken Halloween Rule" Edition

Now that I'm an adult, I can appreciate Halloween as a little kid's holiday. I host about 30 people at my festively decorated house and have a little party. JakeRyan puts lights in the yard and all.

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.

someecards.com - Simple Rule: If your boobs are bigger than mine you're too old to be trick-or-treating at my house. Keep walking.




I just think if they're old enough to have a job in which they can earn their own money to BUY THEIR OWN CANDY, they're too old. 

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?

16 comments:

  1. Well my teenager wants to take the baby trick or treating. She will be in full Rydell High cheerleader costume. Tricker treating hours on the housing base are 4:30-8:30, so she is only allowed to take him during daylight hours. Hope this is acceptable since I need to stay home to hand out candy. They let all the Japanese locals come on base to participate and we get a lot of people, and they hand us japanese candy when we give them candy!

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  2. See I didn't finish reading...you already said that was acceptable. Oops! :)

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  3. Out of elementary school is too damn old.

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  4. Somewhere around 12 years old I think.

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  5. I would go with about 13. It's frustrating to give candy to teenagers in a t-shirt. To add to your childhood rant...I never picked my own costumes either. I wore your old ones. I've never been a big fan of Halloween..

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  6. Ha! True story: people started acccusing me of being "too old" to trick-or-treat by the time I was 8 because I was so flippin' tall. By the time I was legitimately too old (around 8th grade), I figured society owed me one for making me feel bad about myself for the last 5 years. Yup, totally went and didn't feel a hint of guilt. Bam! Super-Marianne strikes back.



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  7. After elementary school, I think. And if the older kid is going around with a younger kid, they better wear a proper costume if they expect candy in their bag.

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  8. Ha! Don't you just love someecards.com?! I think I trick or treated until I was in 7th grade.

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  9. I'm with you on this one (oh esp with slut suits, ew). Now that we're in a "real" neighborhood and now that I have a kid, I think the acceptable age to stop is probably around 13.

    And what's up with your childhood costumes?? You never got to pick your own???

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  10. I'm thinking around 12 - 13. I hated Halloween as a kid too, but I'm determined to make memorable Halloween memories for my kids - even if it kills me!

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  11. I agree with most here - 13!

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  12. I'm thinking about 13. It would be one thing if they put some effort into it or even had manners but they're teenagers so there will neither of those things.

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  13. I'm with you on the unspoken rule! And I'm struggling with this question a bit recently. Jenny's 11 this year (and looking a little too grown up), and I told her I think she only has one more year, two at the most to trick or treat. My least favorite trick-or-treaters are the definite teenagers who show up at almost 9:00 with no costume, except maybe a mask, and a giant pillowcase that's already pretty full. So we turn off the lights.

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  14. We had a teenager that was TALLER than his mother walk up to us last year WITH his mother. C'mon people, just go to the store and get some damn candy. Geez.

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  15. first time visiting your blog and commenting on it; last year I could trick or treat when I was growing up was when I was in eighth grade, so that made me 13. I kept that same tradition for my two kids. I have to agree with you about the teens coming to trick or treat; but I rather have them come in costume than just come with a bag but dressed in their regular clothes. Enjoy your Halloween!

    betty

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  16. I agree - middle school is the top ages you can trick or treat! And that someecard is amazing.

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