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Should There Be an Age Limit for Trick-or-Treating?

Payton Killeen, Reporter

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Trick-or-treating is known as a popular Halloween activity for children of all ages, but as more places around the United States are placing age limits on those allowed to go door to door, the question is being raised: how old is too old?

This controversial question has been around since 2010, when cities started to set restrictions on ages of trick-or-treaters. People were not too thrilled about giving teenagers candy without younger children present, and complaints led to laws being passed to limit the age of allowed to go out on Halloween.

These reasons are not sufficient to justify setting an age limit; for example, needing safety from troublemaking teens has never been that pressing. Why take away the fun of Halloween for kids just because they reached a certain age? Trick-or-treating should be open to everyone, no matter that some of them belong to an age group considered “dangerous.”

In addition, teens trick-or-treating with their younger siblings will now be forced to leave that responsibility to adults, or they could risk being fined $200. This is absurd. Police have better things to do than fine innocent teens who just want to have fun. Even if there are some troublemakers on Halloween, this could still distract police from bigger problems.

These laws don’t have many advantages and aren’t worth the potential consequences. Trick-or-treating has been a tradition for children and young adults for decades, and taking that away is bound to bring bad reactions.

Halloween is about having fun and shouldn’t be restricted. There are much bigger things to be worried about today; so, rather than giving into paranoia about the possible bad behavior of teenagers, lawmakers should turn their attention to more important issues.

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Should There Be an Age Limit for Trick-or-Treating?