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Who still trick-or-treats?

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Children and their mother's on a Halloween night, trick-or-treating.

Children and their mother's on a Halloween night, trick-or-treating.

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Children and their mother's on a Halloween night, trick-or-treating.

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Children and their mother's on a Halloween night, trick-or-treating.

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Recently, many cities across the country have been adapting an age limit for the people who can go trick-or-treating on Halloween night. 

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Children and their mother are on a Halloween night, trick-or-treating.

Interestingly, Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas, but due to the new adaptations, this may all change. According to ABC Action News, in Chesapeake, Virginia, anyone who is over the age of 13 and is caught trick-or-treating, can be sent to jail for up to 6 months and will receive a misdemeanor on their record. The mayor Mark Eckert of Belleville, Ill., states that he heard from single mothers and senior citizens complaining they were frightened by “6-foot-tall kids” showing up at their homes in search of candy. In a random survey of 100 Morton East students, 67 of them confirmed they were going to go trick-or-treating this Halloween night. 

“I would rather have teens trick-or-treat on Halloween night than have them out doing bad things they shouldn’t suppose to be doing. Asking for candies is harmless,” senior Juliana Rodríguez said.  

Regardless of teens asking for candies around a neighborhood with creepy costumes and masks, some teens still feel safe on Halloween night.  

“During Halloween night I do feel safe. There are parents out with their kids, and in case anything happens, they will be there,” junior Karla Lezama said.  

Many students claim that teens should have the freedom of dressing up and ask for candies during Halloween, but others are concerned about the children.  

“Halloween should be a time for children to dress up, have fun and ask for candies. But now, most teens who are dressing up as something spine-chilling, are scaring the children and ruining their fun,” a local Morton student said.  



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43 Responses to “Who still trick-or-treats?”

  1. Andrik Nava on October 31st, 2018 7:48 am

    This age limit is a great way to make sure there isn’t anyone trying to hurt or kidnap any kids as they can be visible as the other kids are short and small compared to a full grown adult wearing a costume.

  2. Angie F on October 31st, 2018 9:32 am

    I think this age limit is a bad idea, every one has the freedom to go out on Halloween night is a night to have fun and go get candy with your friends. I always go Trick or treat with my basketball teammates after try out is done. What other city is there a age limit?

  3. Kevin on October 31st, 2018 9:33 am

    I don’t personally believe there should be an age limit because let everyone have fun you know. I think others would rather have people trick-or-treating than out doing some other shady stuff. Very good article though I should say. Do you believe in the age limit for trick-or-treating?

  4. Anthony Abarca on October 31st, 2018 9:36 am

    Its free candy everyone should be able to get some.

  5. Campoverde on October 31st, 2018 9:38 am

    Teenagers not fully adults yet should be able to get some candy too and enjoy Halloween.

  6. Karina V. on October 31st, 2018 9:39 am

    I believe that everyone should be able to go trick-or-treating. This should be a holiday for everyone to be part of and not only little kids. Parents and teens can be helpful to keep everyone safe and they enjoy the night as well. Do adults dress up more than teens do?

  7. Angie F 2 on October 31st, 2018 9:40 am

    I don’t agree with the age limit, if kid thats over 13 and they have like Down syndrome and they find him trick or treat they going to send him to jail for six months. I have seen kids with Down Syndrome trick or treat they are having fun. What other state have something like age limits?

  8. Juan Espinosa on October 31st, 2018 9:41 am

    This age limit thing is very stupid, trick-or-treating should be for everyone, that’s why little children are to be with their parents at all time, if your kid gets kidnapped or hurt, that’s on the parents for not taking care of them right.

  9. carolina H on October 31st, 2018 9:42 am

    i agree that kids should stop the lint of going around to get candy becuse they can get cavities with all the candy . i us to go around the same houses to get more candy until i went to the dentas they said i had alot of cavities .

    do you think they should change the candy to something more healthy ?

  10. Angie F3 on October 31st, 2018 9:43 am

    I disagree with the age limit everyone should do what they think is right and not be forced like you they wanna go trick or treat they should and if they don’t feel like going they shouldn’t but the state should not have a age limit. Last year I chose not to go trick or treat but this I’m choosing to go. How do you feel about the age limit?

  11. Ivana Diaz on October 31st, 2018 10:16 am

    I think the age limit isn’t a good idea because teens should still have the freedom to be able to go trick-or-treating. They should be able to go out and enjoy Halloween before they become adults and can’t do it anymore. There might be kids with bad intentions but that shouldn’t punish others who have good intentions.

  12. Yaneth Buitron on October 31st, 2018 10:17 am

    I don”t agree with the age limit because Halloween is a day were everybody gets to have fun. Many teenagers like to dress up with their friends in spooky costumes and go out for candy. Halloween is supposed to be scary so why should teenagers not be allowed to dress up in their scary costumes and have fun. Many parents can not take their children trick or treating because of their jobs so they send their teenagers to go with the little kids trick or treating.

  13. Shalein sanchez on October 31st, 2018 10:28 am

    I don’t agree with the age limit. I think anyone can go out and have fun.

  14. 2 period Salgado on October 31st, 2018 10:29 am

    I think the age limit is not right I think everyone should be able to get candy as long as they aren’t doing anything bad .

  15. Lucia Gonzalez on October 31st, 2018 10:35 am

    I think there should be no age limit for kids to go trick-or-treating. Halloween is a day for kids to have fun with their friends and ask for candy. I am sure little kids are safe with their parents company.

  16. Lizbeth Alvarez on October 31st, 2018 10:44 am

    I think there shouldn’t be an age limit. it should be ok for anyone that is harmlessly asking for candy to go out & enjoy their Halloween night.

  17. Christina Cortez on October 31st, 2018 10:45 am

    Trick or treating is harmless no matter what age you are. I feel anyone should be allowed trick or treat . It should be something fun for everyone to do.

  18. Ariana on October 31st, 2018 10:47 am

    I think that this is a good thing but also a bad thing. Reason for this because people should be allow to go ask for candy since its a day you have the freedom to go around and have fun. But this also can be good idea because like that parents don’t have to worry about kinds getting kidnap, or getting hurt. I guess it depends the way you see this. For example for kinds this may be a bad thing because they just want to go around have fun but as a parent maybe this is a good thing because they don’t have to worry about their own kids getting hurt.

  19. Christian on October 31st, 2018 10:49 am

    Teens should be able to go out and get candy like anyone else can because Halloween is for everyone not just a certain group. Halloween has always been a fun time for people to dress up scary and get candy. Its a fun holiday and lots of teens and adults love to dress up with some of the best costumes and go door to door just like every kid. Having an age limit for Halloween is not a good idea and the idea of going to jail for being too old for Halloween is just dumb.

  20. Jacqueline Robles on October 31st, 2018 10:49 am

    I would have to disagree with your article because I always want candy and I want to act like a kid on one of the days where teens can act like a kid and get their old memories back. Questions for the writer: At what age did you stop trick- or-treating? And which house do you think hands the best kinds of candies?

  21. Leo on October 31st, 2018 11:29 am

    There should not be a age limited on trick-or-treating, because it is Halloween tradition for kids and teens to go out to people’s houses and ask for candy while wearing a costume.

  22. Jonathan Frutos on October 31st, 2018 11:35 am

    It’s false when people who are age of 13 or over can go to jail for trick or treating because trick or treating is for people for all ages, no matter if we’re young or old to go trick or treating, Trick or Treating is for all ages. There’s no reason to make a law saying that people who are 13 of age or older going to jail for Trick or Treating. Trick or Treating is for people at all ages.

  23. Albert Ocampo on October 31st, 2018 11:47 am

    I think teens should be able to go out for trick or treating, even though I don’t trick or treat. I believe that age and height shouldn’t stop someone from going out and asking for candy.

  24. Lily on October 31st, 2018 11:53 am

    I disagree, trick o treating shouldnt have an age limit. All ages enjoy candy.

  25. Jasmine Andrade on October 31st, 2018 11:53 am

    I disagree with the age limit. I personally think that Halloween should be a day where everybody should be able to dress up. Halloween should be a day where people can go all out and enjoy a fun holiday.

  26. Jasmin Castro on October 31st, 2018 12:36 pm

    Trick or Treating shouldn’t have an age limit. There’s some teens that enjoy trick or treating with friends and can no longer do so once they reach a certain age. Halloween is the only time people go around in costumes. To me this day is sacred because it’s when everyone comes together whether you know them or not. I understand that the age limit is to keep the neighborhoods safe, but does the age really affect the violence or possible threats?

  27. Sebastian G 4th on October 31st, 2018 12:37 pm

    I feel like it’s unfair that’s kids over 13 can’t trick or treat because they’re just trying to have fun with friends and family. I agree with what Juliana said because they can be doing bad things like stealing the candy because they can’t trick or treat. Jail is not necessary for this situation because people are giving the candy they aren’t stealing it. Write Question: Is there a age limit for Cicero?

  28. Victor Q on October 31st, 2018 12:44 pm

    This article speaks the mind of those who complained about older people trick-or-treating actually have a reason its because they were frightened because of the many teens trick or treating at their house. I believe that the author needs more information surrounding the thoughts of people trick or treating while having the experience of someone telling them that they can’t trick or treat because of their age. I disagree with this article because Halloween should be a night of having a good time with friends and family while getting treats.

  29. Narcizo I. on October 31st, 2018 12:45 pm

    There shouldn’t be an age limit preventing kids or adults from going trick or treating. Halloween is for everyone specially since it is once a year and it shouldn’t just be for a specific group. Questions for the writer- What was your favorite Halloween costume when you were young? What age did you stop trick or treating?

  30. bertha de oca on October 31st, 2018 12:47 pm

    i would say that teenager tend to stay out later then smaller kids and ttend to have more fun and get a lot of candy

  31. Michelle on October 31st, 2018 12:50 pm

    I think children including teens should have the choice to go Trick or Treating regardless of there age. Teens are still growing and developing so they are not considered adults. Age group should not be restricted to choose who gets to trick or treat or not.

  32. Erick3 on October 31st, 2018 12:52 pm

    No i disagree, there shouldn’t be an age limit. Its really not harmful for teenagers to go trick or treating on Halloween, it really keeps them out of trouble. Let people choose when they wanna stop trick or treating.

  33. Fredi Sanchez on October 31st, 2018 12:57 pm

    This article is greatly written and shown how instead of having teens out doing bad things they aren’t supposed to be they should be allowed to trick or treat. I also believe that it is nonsense that teens would be sent to jail for trick o r treating that is really not needed.

  34. Jose Cahue on October 31st, 2018 1:26 pm

    I believe everyone should be able to trick or treat because when this holiday started there was no age limit it was more about belief. I don’t agree with what these Morton student are saying in the article as it is a time to bring out your spiritual life and anyone trying to stop it is a hater. I think the quotations when starting a new name need a bit more practice but besides that the article is well thought out. Good job ! Question 1 and 4 because I will upload it on my social media!

  35. Alejandra Soto on October 31st, 2018 2:32 pm

    I disagree with the age limit, though it’s a day were younger children should be able to ask for candy i believe older kids should also be allowed to do the same. During these times we are forced to grow old within a short period of time, there’s a large majority of kids who just wish to have fun and not ruining the night for younger children. What i think you could’ve added would be opinions of a few adults or incorporate more input from different states. What i did like though is how you added how people do like the idea of older kids trick or treating instead of doing illegal activities.

  36. Alejandra Soto on October 31st, 2018 2:47 pm

    What i liked was how you incorporated the positive side of older kids trick or treating, shows how there’s still kids who just want to enjoy their night without bothering others. I wished you added more input from different states, to see their view on it and to see if they have something similar like that every year when Halloween comes around.
    Question for the author: Do you think teachers would have any kind of input?

  37. Donna Mocha on October 31st, 2018 9:59 pm

    I personally think that it’s a bad idea to put an age limit on who should be going trick-or-treating because everyone deserves to go. Going trick- or – treating gets your mind off stress and it can be a very fun time for everyone.

  38. Hilda Gonzalez on October 31st, 2018 10:35 pm

    It’s ridiculous that there are places that will arrest kids over thirteen years old for six months because they go trick or treating. There should be people that are allowed to freely trick or treat if they aren’t doing anything wrong. The only reason I believe someone should get arrested is if they are on drugs or show any to little kids, or alcohol or show innaproatiate behavior, not because they are intimidating to little children.

  39. Luz Rocha on October 31st, 2018 11:12 pm

    Trick or treating is a highly big treat for teenagers, they get to continue their childhood tradition. The age limit is not something i will agree with because it takes away the opportunity of giving teenagers a night to feel like kids again.. Teens could be out doing other stuff that isn’t safe but instead are doing a harmless activity.

  40. Rodrigo Reynaga on October 31st, 2018 11:26 pm

    I don’t think they should put an age limit on how old someone has to be to go trick-or-treating because holidays are meant to have fun. Although some people are concerned that teens will scare little kids away, and have a good reason why, teens just want to go have fun on their own, with their friends, or younger siblings. And even if states should put an age limit, throwing teens to jail(like other people have commented) should NOT be a penalty because most of the time they aren’t hurting anyone. We are all equals in this country and should have the same rights and freedoms to do things.

  41. Aileen on November 1st, 2018 9:44 am

    Trick or treating should be for everyone, no matter what age.

  42. Jacqueline Palomino on November 28th, 2018 9:00 am

    I think that their shouldn’t be an age limit for trick or treating it is something traditional that everyone should be welcomed to do. It is better for teenagers to be out trick or treating than doing something worse.And even if there is an age limit the consequences shouldn’t be jail time because they are not doing anything wrong aside from asking for candy. Most teens do it because it is a way for them to feel like kids again even if they aren’t which is something that they shouldn’t be penalized for.

  43. Adriana Villegas on December 12th, 2018 9:42 pm

    I do not think there should be an age limit for trick-or-treating because this year the only “kids” going out for candy on halloween were teens than kids. So if there is a age limit they won’t be that much people going out for candy anymore. Besides its true that this could keep teens from doing bad things. Instead they would doing something that is harmless and give them a feeling to feel like kids again and remind them of their childhood.

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