Staff Editorial: Trick-or-treating should be an activity for young kids


Staff Editorial

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For young children, the highlight of Halloween is running around their neighborhoods dressed as an athlete, a princess or a superhero, ringing doorbells yelling, “Trick-or-Treat.”
They take the candy back home to be sorted and traded amongst themselves. For these kids, Halloween isn’t about the scare factor — it’s all about the candy.
The older kids get, the less they trick-or-treat, or at least that’s the way it should be.
High school students shouldn’t be going to houses, dressed in a hoodie and mask and consider themselves “dressed up.”
If you’re going to go trick-or-treating, at least make an effort to dress up. Otherwise, you just look pathetic. Younger kids will go to great lengths to find the perfect costume. It’s all about dressing up and going out trick-or-treating. No child goes without costumes. Does that suddenly change when you grow up?
Many adults don’t even want to give candy to older kids, especially if they aren’t dressed up. It’s annoying, and the adults buy that candy for little kids. If the adults won’t let their high school kids go trick-or-treating, chances are they won’t give candy to other high school kids.
It’s also creepy.
Seeing tall, dark figures running around is frightening for kids and for parents. High school students are notorious for causing trouble on Halloween. Even if that doesn’t apply to you, don’t give people a reason to suspect you.
Halloween for high school kids should be haunted houses, scary movies and costume parties.
There are tons of alternatives to trick-or-treating. If you want some candy, drive to Walmart and buy yourself a $4 bag. Go to a haunted house — there’s a bunch around Kansas City. You won’t find any young kids to bother there, and it is a great thing to do with friends.
Enjoy the fact that you’re older and able to do more than just trick-or-treat.
At a younger age, many of us wished to grow up and go to parties and haunted houses.
Think back to when you were young. Wouldn’t you be angry if some high school kid came and took all of your candy?
For younger kids, Halloween is the “treat.” For the older kids, Halloween is the “trick.”
Let this generation of kids have their time to trick-or-treat. We had ours.