The day after Halloween last year, a neighbor asked me if it might have been my teenager who knocked on their door after 9 p.m. They had gone to bed, she explained, so they didn’t answer.
Yes, that was my 14-year-old and her group of friends who decided at the last minute that they weren’t too old to go trick-or-treating. My 13-year-old twins went too. Lilly put a lot of thought and effort into her unicorn costume, while the other two threw theirs together. Maggie was a cowgirl. Adam wore one of the neighbor’s skeleton masks and a black cloak. They all brought in a huge haul of candy.
We recently ran a story on fun stuff for teens to do on Halloween when they stop trick-or-treating. Ideas range from area haunted houses to trick-or-treating for a cause. I’m not sure what my teens will do this year, but as long as they are willing to wear a costume, I am ok with them going door to door. I agree with a mom in the story who says that anything that keeps kids young these days is ok in her book.
A few people did mention to Maggie and her crew last year (which included a 15-year-old or two) that they were too old to be asking for candy. I could tell that she was starting to feel a bit uncomfortable, but she wasn’t quite ready to give up the tradition.
I clearly remember my last year of trick-or-treating. A friend and I spent weeks making these great gnome costumes, but when it came to going door to door, we felt uncomfortably tall. In the years that followed, I remember creating fun costumes and going to parties with friends or just hanging out to answer the door.
Maggie says she’d like to dress up this year but go to a party with friends or find something new to do instead of trick or treating. If all else fails, there’s always the excuse of taking their younger brother on his rounds of the neighborhood. We have plenty of neighbors who will make sure the older sibs get candy too.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 15, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.