Real pictures and stories of Halloween are coming, but in the meantime I wanted to write a quick blog on the topic of teenage trick-or-treating. A while back, a friend posted a question on Facebook about what people thought of older "kids" going trick-or-treating. I didn't comment back but my knee-jerk reaction was highly negative. Then I got to thinking about it and I wondered "What is my problem?"
I think a mini Snickers runs about $0.18. If a 14-year-old kid is willing to walk from house to house (costume or not) for an 18-cent piece of candy, why not let them have it? Our children are forced to grow up so fast these days. If you read or listen to the news then you have an inkling of the sad and upsetting things that many teenagers participate in these days.
I think it is lovely if some teenagers are still so excited about the simple prospect of free candy that they prefer to go trick-or-treating versus going to some party with alcohol, taking drugs, or other common and risky behavior. I hope my kids still want to indulge in an innocent activity like trick-or-treating at that age.
So next year, I say welcome the teengaers and congratulate them for holding onto their childhood a little longer by giving them an extra piece of candy!