How Old Is Too Old to Trick-or-Treat? [POLL]
Stats indicate the average white American male is 5 feet 9.7 inches tall. I'm 6-4 and that's considered tall. I have always been tall, which takes us back to Halloween in 1962. I was 10 and my mom had made me the coolest fringed Native American costume. This was 50 years before political correctness and cultural appropriation were a concern and country kids like me spent worry free evenings and weekends playing cowboys and Indians -- inspired by a dozen different western TV shows with the same themes.
I was always a fan of the Indian sidekicks -- characters like the Lone Ranger's pal Tonto, Yancy Derringer's protector/partner Pahoo-Ka-Ta-Wah and Hawkeye's native wingman Chingachgook.
The point is, I was so happy with my costume and so excited about going into town (country kids didn't always get to do that) to trick-or-treat with my cousins. But being tall for my age, a number of adults who answered the door questioned if I wasn't a little too old (big) to be trick-or-treating.
Buzz Kill. Hurt my feelings, ruined the night and effectively snuffed out my interest in Halloween!
So "tallness" not withstanding, how old IS too old to go door-to-door asking for treats?
Believe it or not, in some places there are rules and laws!
According to Yahoo, if you're heading to Chesapeake, Va.,you can only be age 12 or younger to trick-or-treat, and you can actually be slapped with a misdemeanor and a $100 fine if you break the rule. Also, in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Norfolk there are statutes that make trick-or-treating beyond age 12 a crime.
Other states that have certain towns that generally limit trick-or-treating to ages 12 and under include New Jersey, Illinois and South Carolina.
A survey from Today found 73 percent of respondents said kids should stop trick-or-treating between the ages of 12 and 17. Psychologist Dr. Vanessa Lapointe says in places where parents have a choice, the decision to stop should be made with the needs and wants of both parents and children in mind, and not what the neighbors might think.
Sure, "not what the neighbors might think." Where was THAT philosophy 57 years ago when a tall young kid needed it most?
So that brings us to the question: