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The tradition of dressing up in costumes for Halloween originated from Celtic beliefs that the souls of the dead roamed the earth on the night of Oct. 31.

Should teenagers be allowed to Trick or Treat?

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“Trick or Treat!” is a phrase that is yelled many times on Oct. 31, when kids take to the streets of their neighborhoods dawned in costumes and on the hunt for candy. Halloween is a day lots of people look forward to, with movies, costumes and candy. 

Candy is the most appealing aspect of Halloween, with many kids participating in “trick-or-treating” ranging from various ages. Some believe that there should be an age limit to this candy grabbing activity.

Personally, I believe that the max age a person should trick-or-treat is 18 (or a senior in high school). At this point in life, a kid is technically not an adult and still considered a kid, so they should still be allowed to participate. The point of trick-or-treating is to walk around with friends and family, have fun and make memories; the candy is just an added bonus. 

Additionally, for many teenagers, they feel as if they are too old to trick-or-treat but too young for a party. Most parents would prefer to see their child walking the streets with candy in their baskets than at a Halloween rager. People under 18 should be more welcomed to go trick-or-treating, rather than receiving dirty looks from nearby adults due to looking “too old” for the activity. The majority of teenagers trick-or-treating do not do it with intentions of causing issues. They do it with the intention of simply having a good time with a classic Halloween tradition.

Adults have to stop overthinking teens participating in trick-or-treating. There is not an underlying motive to commit chaos on Halloween night, but only a simple one. Halloween is one night a year, and it provides those who partake with an opportunity to be whoever they want to be. Telling teenagers they are too old to trick or treat is depriving them of a crucial experience, and forces them to grow up too fast.

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Nairie De Gregory is a junior going into her second year on newspaper and is thrilled to be a member of the staff. De Gregory is a part of the choir as a member of the acapella group, ForteFy, and as the student conductor for Spectrum, the top choir. She is also the theatre department underclassman representative, and a player for the girls varsity soccer team. In her spare time, De Gregory can be found watching soccer or reading a good book. She hopes to bring a fresh perspective on ongoing world events to the publication.
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