QOTW - Halloween

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
QOTW - Halloween
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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 10:14am

Will your 13-14 year old be trick-r-treating this year?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-06-2006
Thu, 10-13-2011 - 1:18pm
Evan is in high school and I think that's just plain too old. I HATE the kids that come around in street clothes with pillowcases. It's just plain greedy! I think 8th grade should be the cutoff. Even then, it's a stretch. Kids that age are babysitting, doing regular volunteer work, etc. The sense of entitlement has to stop at some point. Most of them have their own money and can buy their own candy.

I've never been much of a Halloween fan anyway. Spending all kinds of time and/or money on a costume for one night to go and beg people for candy and disturb their evening... Totally unnecessary. Not to mention the destructive practical jokes that the ocassion seems to bring on...

JMHO... Apologies if I offended those who enjoy it.
Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 10-13-2011 - 1:41pm
LOL! No apolgies necessary Ami! Jordyn went her freshman year, her and her BFF had went for 3 years straight. Last year BFF's mom wouldn't let her go, so Jordyn didn't end up going as most of her other friends were doing TRTing at their church or whatever. She was disappointed. I thought it was getting a bit old, but I figured there are worse things in life, and she's staying out of trouble... This year I asked, her and a group of about 6 friends have been doing random parties, they had am "anti-valentine's day" party and another party. She said she didn't know, but she had heard one of hte cheerleaders was going to have a party, and I think since she's kind of gearing up to make a run for captain of the squad next year (and since I can think of no other reason since she does not like hanging with any of the other cheerleaders), she said she may go to that party, but didn't know if it'd be a costume party or not. She'll have to work on actual Halloween night, so she won't trick-r-treat.
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Registered: 05-13-1998
Thu, 10-13-2011 - 3:46pm

I'm totally fine with high schoolers trick-or-treating as long as they are wearing REAL costumes and being respectful. I think it's sort of cute really. They turn into such little kids again. My 14-year-old hasn't tricked or treated in a traditional sense for 2 years. She was too sick at 12 and then we went to Disneyland halloween night when she was 13. I'm not sure what she's doing this year. She may do something with friends. If not, she'll go trick-or-treating with her little brother who will have just turned 11 and is NOT giving up T and T yet! The nieghborhood we go to (grandparents area) always has lots of teens along with the little kids. It's fun and most the houses really get into it.

DD is going as Meg from Hercules. All her high school friends are going as different Disney princesses... not full on gowns but more modern versions I guess. Meg isn't a real princess but she's a Disney leading lady so that works lol.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Thu, 10-13-2011 - 8:49pm

Halloween is one of the few nights when nerdy high schoolers can dress in costume and not feel like outcasts. My 16 yo doesn't actually trick or treat anymore, but she and her friends love to dress up and walk around in their outfits. Of course, my dd has been known to do this in broad daylight--I dropped her off at the library last week in a 1940s get up--but a lot of kids really appreciate the excuse of Halloween.

I don't love the ghoulish aspects of Halloween, but I do think it's the one night of the year where it's socially acceptable for well-off kids

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-19-2010
Fri, 10-14-2011 - 12:03am

Matthew has decided to to not go out this year.

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Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 10-14-2011 - 9:30am
Yes, both my teens will be in costumes and going out tnting!! I love the older kids, as long as they are in costume. We live near the high school, and last year the entire pompom or cheerleading squad (I am not sure which) came dressed all as Umpalumpas, soooo cute. Another group was dressed as charecters from the Wizard of Oz.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!