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How old is too old for trick or treating?

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Fluffysparks Tue 24-Oct-17 09:45:05

15yo DD has planned a whole route with her friends. They know only to knock on the houses with pumpkins, and will be properly dressing up etc. I’ve said to her I think she’s too old but she would be missing out on a chance to socialise with her (very sensible) friends. I suppose this is sort of a wwyd?

hmmwhatatodo Tue 24-Oct-17 09:54:38

For me it was last year of primary school(not helpful!). My sons friends mum insisted on taking them out again in year 7 and rather than them getting properly dressed up, decided it was ok that they just wore normal clothes and put plastic face masks on. I was quite embarrassed as I think you should make a real effort when going trick or treating. Thankfully it hasn’t been mentioned again for this year but my friends daughter is going out this year which kind of surprised me. Trick or treating is big where I live but I still think it’s best for little children (who likes a group of rowdy teenagers turning up and banging on their door?) but as she has already planned it and if she is part of a sensible small group then I guess it would be sad to cancel it.

Sparklingbrook Tue 24-Oct-17 09:57:08

15 way too old IMO. Ours stopped well before going to High School.

It's for the younger children around here. i don't know what teens get out of it, they would be better off having a Halloween party than knocking on people's doors for sweets at that age.

someoneelsesstory Tue 24-Oct-17 09:59:13

My elderly DM was terrified last year when groups of teens banged on the door demanding money. This year I have advised her to go out ....

AvoidingDM Tue 24-Oct-17 09:59:23

I would say 11 or 12, 13 at a push esp if their friends are younger.
I wouldn't expect 15 year olds to be out trick or treating.

WitchesHatRim Tue 24-Oct-17 10:01:03

IMO 15 is to old.

SheRaaarghPrincessOfPower Tue 24-Oct-17 10:01:09

Anything past primary age is too old. All the primary kids round here do trick or treat, but are supervised

There's always a few teenagers trying their luck though, and they always ask for money

AvoidingDM Tue 24-Oct-17 10:03:12

I'd worry that they'd be up to no good or looking for money. Honestly I don't think I'd let her.

ItMustBeBedtimeSurely Tue 24-Oct-17 10:03:31

I'd say 13 or so is the upper limit. I'd feel a bit weird giving sweeties out to hulking great teenagers!

MamaOfTwos Tue 24-Oct-17 10:04:09

11-12 max. 15 is inappropriate

ggirl Tue 24-Oct-17 10:05:07

hmm too old imo
dd was having fun with her mates by dressing up and answering the door to the little kids at that age

muminthecity Tue 24-Oct-17 10:05:36

They all stop after primary school here. DD now has a friend or 2 over for a sleepover, they watch a scary film and have Halloween themed snacks.

tissuesosoft Tue 24-Oct-17 10:07:38

10 would be the limit for me. I wouldn't open the door to any older unless they were with younger siblings

WunWun Tue 24-Oct-17 10:07:53

I had one group around 15 knock last year and thought it was a bit odd. I felt weird offering them drumsticks and lovehearts and they kind of glanced at each other when I did.

WinteryWalk Tue 24-Oct-17 10:08:27

Too old! I’d say it finishes with primary.

SchoolNightWine Tue 24-Oct-17 10:09:48

I happily give out sweets to the 15+ year olds that visit us. As long as they’re friendly and polite (which they all are that come here), then I just think it’s lovely they’re still happy to do this.

Fluffysparks Tue 24-Oct-17 10:13:31

They are a group of 4 very sweet girls and would not be asking for money/banging doors/pushing LOs or anything like that (known all of them for years and am very very sure of this) but I know that the size of them could potentially bother people... Would I be incredibly mean if I said she could go with them but must wait for them on the street while friends go into Gardens?

Fluffysparks Tue 24-Oct-17 10:13:38


SchoolNightWine Tue 24-Oct-17 10:13:56

But having just read another thread, I would expect them to be dressed up (which you’ve said yours will be), and only on 31st. I don’t have sweets ready beforehand or after (because I’ve finished off any that are leftblush)

xhannahx Tue 24-Oct-17 10:14:34

I'm afraid I've never really understood trick or treating in the UK, so it sounds far too old to me.

Having said that, I am one of those who turns the lights off a pretends not to be home 😬

FairyAnn Tue 24-Oct-17 10:15:37

I'm with schoolnightwine, as long as they are polite, respectful, dressed up and are happy to have sweets, not money, then what's the harm?

hmmwhatatodo Tue 24-Oct-17 10:17:15

Do you really think she would wait in the street while her friends went to houses?? I doubt it, and if she did she would no doubt hate it and all her friends would think she was mad!

PickleSarnie Tue 24-Oct-17 10:23:11

15 is far too old imo. I wouldn't feel comfortable opening the door to a group of teenagers in the dark. I'm sure your daughter and friends are really lovely. But I can't actually see what they'd get out of it - surely by that age they can buy themselves as many sweets as they want?!

KittysMyName Tue 24-Oct-17 10:38:40

15 is far too old!! It would be very intimidating having them knocking on the door. And as for making your daughter stand on the street, it may look like she’s on the lookout, like the others were going to do something sinister! Can they not just have a little Halloween party at home?

SmileSunshine Tue 24-Oct-17 10:40:25

15 is way too old. Our DNs were 10 and 12 last year and some of the people who came to the doors told them they were too old. My DD(4) went with them for the first time. One house gave DN nuts and gave DD sweets.

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