Trick-or-treat, I’m a teen don’t you close your door on me

By Shelby Lofton Year after year, doors are shut in the faces of innocent teenagers on Halloween night, a holiday designated for children which, legally, includes all individuals under 18.  Why, then, should teenagers, minors simply trying to indulge in the last fleeting moments of their adolescence, be shunned from this tradition? As an avid trick-or-treater myself, the tradition of venturing out into my neighborhood every year is sentimental and I deeply treasure my memories. With all the practice I have under my belt, it would be a shame if someone turned me away on the one night I get to show off my trick-or-treating skills. I recommend the best houses to my friends and I know which streets tend to be “lights out lanes.” I am also sure my neighbors look forward to seeing my outrageous DIY costumes every year. The houses with self-imposed age limits are missing out; teenagers are the most creative when it comes to their Halloween ensembles. “I started trick-or-treating when I was thirteen, so I started really late. It was nothing I had ever experienced before. It was great. And you get candy! I do think after high school people should quit trick-or-treating. You’re in college and you’re too old,” senior Amy Hayhurst said. Not all of us teens are out there for the thrill and scares of the season. For wimps like me, a simple night out is sufficient for Halloween festivities. Why would adults want to take away these liberties and discourage us from taking part in appropriate safe activities? However, many adults and, ironically, some students, are opposed to the idea of teenagers trick-or-treating. Social Sciences teacher Brian Luko said, “I totally don’t mind students dressing up and celebrating Halloween. But I do think that the trick-or-treating should be left to the little kids.” There’s no fun in dressing up without getting any recognition or treats at the end of the day. Our childhood years fly by and these teen years are a crucial time to make memories and enjoy the candy before our metabolisms slow down. Nevertheless, Halloween should continue to be a fun day of festivities for all ages, no matter what event a person participates in. If we promise, as a whole, to trick-or-treat at appropriate hours, wear mother-approved costumes and be appreciative for all kinds and any amount of candy we receive, even if it’s a handful of dum-dums, then we should not be penalized for showing up at people’s doorstep and asked for our ID.

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