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Silly high schoolers, tricks [or treating] are for kids

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It’s a typical Michigan Halloween. The air is cold and thick with the smell of caramel apples and popcorn balls, and maybe even scattered with a few snowflakes. Parents walk their children from decorated porch to decorated porch, each one adorned with skeletons, spiderwebs and carved pumpkins. Eager trick or treaters ring doorbells dressed as Disney princesses and Ninja Turtles and fill their bags with sweets.

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We’re all familiar with the typical trick-or-treating demographic. Most trick-or-treaters are elementary or middle school age, some of whom look forward to Halloween all year, spending hours perfecting their costume. These kids are at the height of their childhood experience–as the bliss of receiving sugary sweets from strangers is unrivaled.

Then enters our next character. Disrupting the dynamic of adorable little kids families enjoying their night, a teenager waltzes by.  Not wearing a costume, not even saying trick-or-treat, neglecting to say thank you, these adolescents are neither cute nor cordial.

These high-school age, candy hoarding teenagers are rude, ungrateful and quite frankly, too old to trick-or-treat.

Now I’m not saying all high schoolers who trick-or-treat behave in such disgraceful manner. Some are kind enough to put on a costume, use their manners when requesting candy, and politely say thank you before moving on to the next house. However, regardless of the countenance of said trick-or-treater, going door to door and asking for candy is something that needs to be outgrown. Just as teenagers eventually outgrow believing in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, they must too outgrow trick-or-treating.

“What ever will I do instead? Do you mean I can’t dress up in a costume or eat any candy on Halloween?”

By no means, no. There are plenty of activities high schoolers can participate in to celebrate America’s spookiest holiday. Haunted houses are open throughout the month of October all around southwest Michigan. Apple orchards, pumpkin patches and night corn mazes are lovely sources of festive fall fun. None of these sound appealing? Consider throwing a Halloween-themed bonfire or dance party with some of your friends. Enter a costume contest! You could even consider dressing up handing out candy at your house or with a local organization in the Richland Square or at a local church’s trunk-or-treat.

Don’t get any trick or treaters at your house? Light a pumpkin spice candle, make some popcorn and watch your favorite scary movie at home. Concerned about not getting free candy? Just buy some on clearance on November 1. So leave the trick-or-treating to the kids and have some grownup Halloween fun.


Annie Thorn
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This is my first year on staff at the Reflection. I enjoy running track and cross country. I also spend a lot of time volunteering at Gracespring and the Richland Community Library. After I graduate this year, I hope to go to college and pursue a career in public history.

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