People like to debate a lot on different topics these days, it seems. On very serious matters as well as on trivial matters. One of the subjects that may divide some people is the question of the age limit to spend Halloween.
It is known that many people prefer to give treats to cute princesses and little lions instead of depositing them in the bags of big bloody vampires or scary monsters of 14 years old. And many parents wonder how long to allow their offspring to go collect candy.
A blogger named Laurel Niedospial, shared her thoughts on this issue on Popsugar's page. Here is a part of her article. Maybe this text will help you make a decision?
" I get that some adults are annoyed by older kids ringing their doorbell and asking for candy. The holiday is a chance for young children to dress up and use their imaginations, which gives a special magic to Halloween. Older children, namely those in middle and high school, are clearly out of the realm of pretend, and therefore may feel somewhat out of place among the hoard of 5-year-olds running around dressed as Elmo. For many, it feels like the teens are taking the candy and innocent fun from the younger kids, and some cities agree with them. Teens also start to pay more attention to the "trick" aspect of trick-or-treating, causing mischief and playing pranks on unsuspecting neighbors.
If a child, no matter their age, is respectful and in costume, I will always open my door for them on Halloween. It doesn't matter if they're three or 13, I'd rather have a group of teenagers trick-or-treating and having a good time than out causing trouble. As long as they still want to, you should feel totally OK with letting them get dressed up with their friends — even if it's just some silly face paint — walk around the neighborhood, and, yes, eat way too much candy. And if they don't want to (you'll probably hear a, "That's so lame, Mom!"), that's OK, too. There are so many other fun and spooky activities you can organize for your teen to enjoy on Halloween.
At the end of the day, there's no right or scientific answer for when a child should stop trick-or-treating. While it usually happens naturally when they become a teenager, there's no official cutoff age (unless your town enforces one). It's up to the child to determine when they want to ditch the costumes and do something else. Until then, feel free to continue letting them have a little door-to-door fun."
Do you agree with this mom?
Another great reason to be generous with everyone at the Halloween party!
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