Ideas for a frightful teen Halloween
By Katie Riley
Emma Moore of Davidsonville has always looked forward to trick-or-treating on Halloween with her friends, but this year things might change for the 16-year-old.
“It’s a great excuse to hang out on a school night,” she says, but she realizes she’s probably pushing the age limit for collecting candy from neighbors. “We may have a party this year, or go somewhere else since it’s a Friday night.”
Every Halloween, thousands of teens face the dilemma of whether to continue trick-or-treating or find something else to do. Older kids cherish the time spent with friends, and plenty of parents are supportive of their kids trick-or-treating well into adolescence.
“I feel like kids grow up so early these days,” says Donna Gogarty of Crofton, mom to three boys, ages 11, 14 and 16. “Why not let them indulge in one of childhood’s rituals as long as they want? So long as they are respectful.”
Most teens will decide on their own when it’s time to stop trick-or-treating, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy some frightful fun without the candy. For tips for a a frightfully fun Halloween check out our story Fun activities for teens on Halloween .