Yes, My Teen Will Go Trick or Treating

Why do people think that trick or treating for teens is wrong? I recently read that a town in Virginia is charging teens with a MISDEMEANOR and charging a fine of at least $25 for any child over the age 12 that is caught trick or treating. WHAT?!?

As a mom of a teenager, I will encourage my son to come trick or treating with us. Why? Let us use our imagination on where else our teenagers could be or what else they could be doing!

They could be sitting in front of the TV playing video games … I’d rather to have them walking around the neighborhood and having some human interaction. 

trick or treatingThey could be “hanging out with friends” and doing things they have no business doing … we all know that happens sometimes. Again, I would much rather them running around and getting candy.  

Even worse than that, maybe the teen you see trick or treating is physically 12+ years old, however, has a disability and he is much younger mentally. Let them trick or treat & pass out candy.

Last time I checked, candy wasn’t just for children! 

In a world that puts SO MUCH pressure on our kids to grow up, let them have fun! Let them run around, collect candy and goof off!

You never know what kids are dealing with, let’s share some love and give them chocolate! 

Tiffany is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Desmond. Together they get to play the roles of Mommy and Daddy to Micah, a gifted Math Wiz of a teenager who is always making people laugh, and Keilyn, a spunky, flower loving, dancing girl who will stop and talk to anyone she meets. She was born and raised in Baton Rouge and has Cajun blood running through her veins. She works full time outside of the home in business administration. She started the journey of motherhood young but wouldn’t have it any other way. Her children have taught her to laugh, play and that sometimes it’s ok not to have a plan! She has a passion for teenagers and is an active mentor in her church’s youth group. In her rare free time she enjoys shopping, coffee, and date nights with her husband. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and enjoys meeting new people, making people laugh, and spending time with friends and family.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Tiffany, I so agree with you. Just the other day, I asked my 17-year-old grandson about teens going trick or treating. What is wrong with teens wanting candy? He said that people handing out candy get nervous around teenagers because of the potential of something going wrong with a group of teens walking around the streets. I suppose I can see their point. However, going so far as to fine teens for walking down neighborhood streets to trick or treat is wrong. To be safe, my grandson said he and his friends will be at a friend’s house whose parents are throwing a Halloween party. He feels it is unsafe for teens on Halloween night walking around neighborhoods asking for candy. Teens want to costume up, so they have to find a way without being stereotyped as a bad person. Instead, he and his friends are gathering at someone’s house so they can costume up and celebrate Halloween without the fear of parents calling the cops on them. It is a sad world out there right now which is making teens find solutions with safe methods so that they can still be a part of a community event, like Halloween trick or treating.

  2. Wow this is quite sad to hear. How can they even enforce such as asinine rule? If I had a child that wanted to go out and got a ticket, you can bet I would be making this a huge issue all over Media and making the news! This is very upsetting. Parents should raise their children right and know if they are going to be good. Yes I understand kids are kids yet we need to trust and pray they will listen and behave as we educated them too.

    I went out trick or treating when I was 15 with my younger brother who was 11, he matured at a young age. He looked older and even taller than me. I will never forget a women that denied him candy and told him he is too old to be trick or treating. I felt so bad for him and gave him my candy that she gave me (the older brother). We did not trick her and continued to the next house. To this day I sort of wished we would have gave her a friendly roll of TP in her yard lol. Maybe Virginia needs the same LOL

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