Is Trick or Treating fleeting for our high schoolers?

Mikayla Mason

Teenagers are always hungry- always.
So asking high schoolers to pass up on
a holiday centered around free candy, is
pretty ridiculous.
From the time parents could stick
their kids in costumes, they have been
dragged from door to door begging
for candy like some odd procession of
hungry children. So, it really isn’t their
fault that after years of reinforcement
the idea is instilled in them that they
MUST go trick or treating.
This instinctive need to beg for free
candy has not faded for some students.
They are still interested in trick or treating,
dressing up and going house to
house. But the Halloween relationship
is not a one way street. The people in
the houses have to want to give candy
to the hordes of children that ring their
doorbell.
Some people feel that there is a certain
age that you reach when trick or
treating is no longer appropriate. Some
fear the older, horrifying teenagers tantalizing
the younger children. The ruckus
and mischief that is associated with
high schoolers causes adults to fear for
the younger children–the rowdy behavior
should not be put anywhere near
the younger ones.
Maybe this worry or hate is fueled
by home owners’ resistance to feed
crowds of children. And this is the perfect
excuse to refuse to give out candy.
Because it’s all for the protecting the
younger children. Right?
Others think that it is necessary for
teenagers to be more mature and responsible.
Dressing up with friends and
trick or treating is far too immature.
High schoolers are constantly expected
to act older than they already are. The
decisions of their future lay in their
hands and that responsibility along
with college classwork, jobs, and extracurriculars
create an expectation of
greater maturity than their age.
One night not acting like mini adults
should be a given. It should not be
looked down upon by neighbors and
peers.
One night of childish fun should be
done by most teenagers. Not dwindling
as it is now.
So basically high schoolers are denied
the opportunity to go out and have
fun with on October 31 because their
neighbors do not think it’s appropriate.
Why do they get to decide what students
are able or not able to do. That
should be left up to the people who are
actually going out.
High schoolers have been judged
or denied the opportunity to go trick or
treating so many find other activities
to do. And these are not always better
alternatives to trick or treating like
elementary schoolers.
Jacob Mast, a sophomore, is opting
out of disguising and wandering neighborhoods
looking for candy,
“My parents are going out and I have
to stay home and give out candy,” Mast
explained. He stopped going trick or
treating two years ago. In order to keep
get his candy fix, he sneaks the extra
candy.
Sami Livingston, a senior, is keeping
her childhood tradition going a
little longer. Every year she goes trick
or treating with her younger brother in
coordinating costumes. Last year they
went as a hunter and a deer.
“Well, since I have a new little brother
we usually match during Halloween
and go trick or treating,” Livingston
said.
“I think more people should do it because
you are only a kid for a little bit.
It’s really fun.” Livingston explained.
She thinks her peer are missing out
on the fun because of how it is looked
upon by others.
“Probably because they think it is
childish. Maybe their coustumes are
too cold or something. I think it is more
deemed as childish,” Livingston speculated.

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Author: The Hawk Eye

Hanover High School, Mechanicsville, Virginia The Hawk Eye Student Newspaper thehawkeye@hcps.us

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