Trick or treating, anyone? (Opinion)

Atlanta residents began celebrating Halloween early with the Little Five Points parade.

Atlanta residents began celebrating Halloween early with the Little Five Points parade.

Joel Shimada

Halloween is here as expected, but what does that mean for high school students?

Depending on who you ask, the answer can be trick or treating, going to a party or nothing at all.

In a recent poll of Decatur students, two-thirds of participants said that they still trick or treat. The remainder of participants do not trick or treat and one student commented “Does buying a bag of Twix for yourself count?”

According to an Oakhurst Neighborhood Yahoo group, majority of residents believe that teenagers can trick or treat but they need to be in costume and should not come after 9 pm.

“I love Halloween and personally think teenagers are not too old to trick-or-treat. Please use it to showcase your costumes and all your hard work. I love seeing children of any age being creative,” said Rebecca Jackson.

Wardell Castles agrees with Jackson and adds, “Wearing a yellow t-shirt and going as a lemon doesn’t count as a costume and being nice, saying thank you, and being respectful also helps the teenage image.”

Some Decatur residents do not agree with this sentiment.

“If a teen comes to my door in costume holding a bag of some sort for candy, a treat will not be happening. Said teen will be performing some sort of routine singing, dancing, comedy etc., demonstrating a great deal of creativity before a piece of candy hits the bag.” said Lynne Curtice.

Some residents in other towns strictly believe that after the age of 12 you are done trick or treating.

Some towns that have gone to the extreme to ban teens from enjoying Halloween by making city ordinances that have a trick or treat cutoff at the age of 12.

According to a Washington Times article in 2008 the mayor of Beliville, Ill. banned trick or treating for teenagers and fined anyone that disobeyed this rule. His reasoning was based on concern from the town’s residents being frightened by “6 foot tall kids” showing up at homes in search of candy.

The spirit of Halloween should be allowed to be kept up by teenagers as long as they wear acceptable costumes and don’t cause trouble.

“[Trick or treating] is cool and I love dressing up and getting free candy” said Decatur student Connor Greene.

Being too old to dress up to get free candy is a sad statement to tell teenagers who still want candy. Buying a huge bag of candy for yourself at CVS is not a fun substitute for trick or treating.

(Photo by Joel Shimada)