How Old is Too Old for Halloween?

Cameron Donovan '16, Contributor

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With Halloween less than a week away, the age old question arises once again: “how old is too old for Halloween?” Ten different people would probably respond in ten different ways because there is not one definitive answer. It depends on the person. If you still have not hung up your trick-or-treating bag and are deciding whether or not to go out again this year, here are some guidelines to help you decide.

Know that as a high schooler, you will have to put in more effort. Nobody wants to answer the door and find someone in an unrecognizable thrown-together costume or, even worse, someone without a costume. Everyone will give candy to a cheery eight year old, but as you grow older (and lose some charm) you have to work for it. If you are not excited to make your costume and instead find yourself trying to fashion a toga out of your bed sheet right before you go out, you should stay home.

What is your intent for going trick-or-treating: do you just want an easy way to get lots of free candy? Do you want to wreak havoc on your neighborhood? Or, do you want relive your youth for a night and participate in the magical night full of spooks and candy? If its not the latter, people will know it. They will not be breaking out the king size bars for you, but deservedly give you smarties, or maybe even a toothbrush.Halloween

For most of us, it is best that we do not go trick-or-treating this year, but celebrate Halloween in other ways. As BC High teaches us, the joy of giving is better than that of receiving. So, consider waiting at the front door to give to those who still have the Halloween spirit. If you have to go out and capitalize on this opportunity, at least bring a younger sibling with you. Better yet, consider taking out someone in the neighborhood who might be going alone.

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