At What Age Did Your Child(ren) Stop Trick or Treating?

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Posted: 10/5/2013 3:33:43 PM
I asked my 13 year old son what he wanted to dress up as for Halloween and he responded with, "Nothing, I'm too old too Trick or Treat."

How old were your kids when they lost interest?



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Posted: 10/5/2013 3:35:28 PM
My oldest two, probably 11 or so.

My youngest is 12 this year and still very excited to ToT.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 3:36:01 PM
Right around that age...middle school seems to be a point where they don't want to dress up in anything that takes effort.

I think my son last went in 6th grade as something sport related and my daughter stopped after 5th.

He is now 19 and a college junior and today texted me that he'd like me to bring him a bag of Halloween candy when we see him scrimmage next weekend. My DD is 14 and just eats some of what I buy to give out.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 3:36:20 PM
About that age. I sometimes have HS age come to my door but not many.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 3:37:33 PM
Niece and her two friends are going out (12, 7th grade) but all are saying this will be their last time.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 3:39:13 PM
My 12 year old recently announced that she's not going this year.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 3:43:16 PM
My dd is 14 and is so excited about dressing up and going out with her friends. She's a drama student so..make believe is her thing. I don't think she even considers NOT dressing up or stopping anytime soon.




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Posted: 10/5/2013 3:48:48 PM
12yo DS said he's not going out this year, he'd rather stay home and pass out candy. I'm waiting to hear if his friends do the same or if he changes his mind.



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Posted: 10/5/2013 3:50:22 PM
They stopped around 11 or 12. But they still dressed up. They just shifted from tot to parties or even hanging around the house to hand out candy.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 3:52:47 PM
My dd is 13 and in 8th grade and still wants to go. She invites a group of friends over and they have dinner here and then hit the neighborhood together.

My son was probably 14 when he stopped. Now he likes to stay home and answer the door. He and dh go all out decorating the front yard, house and putting up a mini haunted house in our carport which is off to the side of the front yard.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 4:03:50 PM
When my siblings and I were little my Dads rule was that once you reach double digits you're too old. So we knew going in that 9 would be the last year for it. I would've let my son go a little longer than that, but he wasn't interested.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 4:55:14 PM
My girls are 10 and 8. I'm thinking this year or next year will probably be it for my oldest. She loves the social aspect of it and the candy though so she may be one that dresses up and TOT through high school. LOL! (I have no problem with TOTers ages as long as they are dressed up and put some effort into it!)


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Posted: 10/5/2013 5:10:53 PM
My oldest is 13 - this was going to be his last year but he has a concert on Hallowe'en. He does have a party he will dress up for.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 5:34:37 PM
My then 15 yo DD went last year with then 12 yo DS and some friends.

She wants to go this year but they have band rehearsal. The band parents get together after rehearsal on Halloween (or near there) and have "Trunk or Treat" for the high school marching band kids.

The parents decorate the trunks or backs of their cars and hand out candy. The kids really get into it with costumes and such. So fun!



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Posted: 10/5/2013 5:43:25 PM
DS is 14 and the past 2 Halloweens in a row have been cancelled our big Main Street trick or treating due to widespread power outages and downed power lines from extreme weather.

It was kind of looking like he was done with it the last Halloween he participated in.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 5:57:56 PM
My 16 yo went last year and is planning to go this year. She's going as My Little Pony with a colored wig, wings an a tail.

She'll go with a group that ranges from age 16 down to age 7.



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Posted: 10/5/2013 6:03:43 PM
My DS is 14. He's wearing a morph suit with clothes over it. Our neighborhood does Halloween big; if we didn't, then I doubt he would.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 6:03:45 PM
My DD (13, 8th grade) is planning on going this year. My HS senior hasn't gone since she was in 9th grade.
I don't see anything wrong with older kids going as long as they are respectful and have put some effort into a costume (more than just throwing on a football jersey or something).




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Posted: 10/5/2013 6:07:48 PM
I think they were still going out with their friends around 15, but not really trick or treating. I let them go as long as they wanted. Sometimes they would dress up and give out candy and then when some friends would come by they'd go off with them.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 6:12:34 PM
I cut them off at 13. I'm mean that way, but honestly they were over it by then. This is my youngest DD's first year of not trick-or-treating, and she is looking forward to passing out candy.



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Posted: 10/5/2013 6:15:30 PM
Last year of grade school was their last year.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 6:25:09 PM
Dude, I'm 39 and still enjoy dressing up and going from house to house! It helps that I have my 10 year old son to go with me.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 7:09:59 PM
My 9 year old said that he thought he was too old for it this year. So this could be our last year. And I don't know that I'll be sad about it.....



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Posted: 10/5/2013 7:14:02 PM
My 14yo daughter told me she's staying home this year to pass out candy. My 11yo and 6yo daughters are going TOT'ing. It doesn't really matter to me how old they are as long as they dress up.

Funny, I took my 6yo's place last year because it was a group costume and she was sick. They went as S'mores and she was the marshmallow. Her sisters were the chocolate and graham cracker. I wore her costume and got a lot of negative comments. Mostly from the older neighbors.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 7:23:18 PM
My son wanted to stop last year, when he was 12, but I convinced him to go one more time. He won't be going this year. My daughter is 12 and is still enthusiastic about going.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 7:24:37 PM
My ds probably stopped at 12. I remember being disappoint--thought he still should have a few years left at least! My dd is 14 and is VERY excited to go ToT. I'm not sure she'll ever stop. I would NEVER cut them off from doing it though; it will always be their decision. I'm not even sure I understand why a parent would cut off ToT for a child.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:04:53 PM
DD is thirteen. She went last year. I haven't asked her if she's going this year or not. I meant to earlier today and forgot.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:24:12 PM
My two oldest went last year (13 and 15). In our area, many teens trick or treat. They often go in groups and have a theme. Last year, a bunch of 9th grade girls dressed as different color m&ms. They are such nice girls and looked adorable! I don't care what the age of the trick or treater is as long as they are in costume and polite.

I would prefer a 16 yr. old in costume and polite over a 6 yr. old that isn't nice.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:45:38 PM
I think the last time he went out was when he was a 5th grader.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:53:29 PM
My children went out with their cousins trick or treating through middle school.







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Posted: 10/5/2013 9:51:05 PM
My DD went out last year (12, Grade7). Not sure but I think they will go this year.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 9:54:19 PM
I won't let them past the 6th grade.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 10:27:32 PM
My almost 17 yo dd is in drumline and has a parade and performance where they wear costumes. She and her BFF decided they would trick or treat last year and they had a blast. I think they're planning to do it again this year.
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Posted: 10/5/2013 10:33:21 PM
It varied. My oldest trick or treated well into high school (always in a great costume and often with her youngest sister in tow). My middle D was about 13 when she stopped. Youngest was 12 last year and didn't go. She's thinking about dressing up and going to a few houses this year, though.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 6:45:23 AM
My ds was probably in 8th or 9th grade the last time he actually dressed up and went door-to-door. After that he helped with a local haunted house -- a family who goes ALL OUT and makes their house and yard into a scary haunted house (truly scary ). The line to get in on Halloween is usually down the block. They hired teens who wanted to help, with the kids' pay being dinner and candy. Ds was usually a zombie in a bush or something like that. He loved it. lol.

Dd did trick-or-treating probably until 10th grade, I think. She had a nice group of friends right here in the neighborhood so they always tried to do a group costume. Like one year they were "Clue" and each was one of the suspects. One year was Wizard of Oz. Another year was "zombie ballerinas" (dd and one other girl are dancers so they had plenty of dance clothes to pass out.) Her last couple years of high school she did dress up, and went to someone's house with other friends. So they probably did do some trick-or-treating, at least on the way from the house to the bonfire.

My neighborhood does Halloween on a grand scale so teens who are dressed up are welcomed everywhere. We have the typical city neighborhood of close-together houses, narrow streets, etc. So it's easy to get into a holiday spirit. We also have the only privately-owned park in the county (it's owned by our civic association, which is NOT an HOA but just the group that was originally started to oversee the park) so we can do things on our park that people can't do on county-owned ones. One of those is to have a HUGE bonfire on Halloween. We serve cider and donuts, the fire department comes with their truck for the little kids to climb on, etc. So older kids are can easily get into Halloween mode.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 7:16:48 AM
All the kids in my family go trick or treating right through to the last year of high school. Why? Because it's fun! Thankfully, their friends are the same and they have a lot of great memories of being with their friends having fun. Hell, I'd still go now if society wasn't so down on adults.

Sorry, but I think those who demand their kids stop when they are still so young are funsuckers. Kids who don't want to go is one thing, but parents demanding they stop when they are so young? I don't get that. People moan about kids growing up too fast and then demand they grow up... can't be both ways.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 7:19:47 AM
Sorry, but I think those who demand their kids stop when they are still so young are funsuckers.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 7:27:16 AM
Probably 13 or 14...our rule was...if you go to the effort to make a good costume..you can go. This year DD is 16 and wouldn't be going except she's an ambassador in her school's international student program. Her "buddy" is a petite sweet girl from China named "Ann" who wants to go trick or treating, carve pumpkins, etc as they don't do that in China. Her host family has no children -they are a married couple of school teachers....so they wouldn't be going out on Halloween.

I told DD "if you and Ann make some costumes then of course you can go ..but just let Ann collect the candy." Ann is also very amazed at how blue our sky is and how pretty with puffy white clouds. She's from a large industrial city in China and they don't see a lot of blue skies.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 7:32:54 AM

Sorry, but I think those who demand their kids stop when they are still so young are funsuckers.

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Yeah, I have to agree too. This subject comes up every year and I'm always so surprised. I wonder when the cut-off is for opening Christmas presents and having a stocking?

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Posted: 10/6/2013 8:19:34 AM
our local school is K-8 and it seems most of the kids trick or treat though their 8th grade year. However, I have noticed starting in around 6th grade the kids get pretty selective. They know who has the 'good' candy, so they hit those houses and then they wind up hanging out at somebody's house.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 8:35:46 AM
My 11 year old thinks he is too old and I'm trying to convince him to enjoy it one
more year. Not sure if he will go or not.


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Posted: 10/6/2013 8:43:37 AM
They might have ToT longer but for the fact that halloween has been 'canceled' the last two years for dangerous conditions (storms ) so at 12&14 they 'gave up' but kids normally ToT thru highschool here.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 8:51:38 AM
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One of my kids went out with a group of friends at age 14 and she came home early and said she was embarrassed! LOL

I really cannot stand when older kids come without any costumes. They get the cheap candy.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 11:22:40 AM
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They lose interest and start to go to Halloween parties or hangout instead.
Then Our church started to gave a big event and they would help run the games- which which was awesome and they had fun while helping.


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Posted: 10/6/2013 11:28:50 AM
In our area the cut off is age 12, and everyone pretty much goes along with that. The older kids seem more interested in Halloween parties instead.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 1:12:48 PM
My DD is 12 and is still really excited to go. She wants her costume to be perfect and has it all planned out. LOL

I would rather have teens showing up at my door in costume trick or treating then out doing other things (drinking, partying, bashing pumpkins, stealing candy from kids). Even adults in costume get candy.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 1:18:32 PM
Well my older two have an excuse as they have a 7 year old brother and they are the chaperones to him and his friend so us parents get to stay home and give out candy.
But they can only take bags for candy if they dress up, that is our rule.
To me teenagers trick or treating with young siblings is better than the parent pushing the stroller of a 6 month old baby and sticking the candy bag in your face.
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Posted: 10/6/2013 1:37:33 PM
My two dd's have dressed up and gone every year. They are 15 and 14 this year. Of course they have an 8 year old sister so maybe that keeps them "young". Halloween is one of our favorite 'holidays'. They go trick or treating for about an hour then come back and hand out candy for the rest of the night while still dressed up. They love seeing everyones costumes too.


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Posted: 10/6/2013 3:00:48 PM
My 13yo (8th grade) twin boys are planning on going this year with their usual group of friends. I know some of the older siblings of their friends went last year when they were in high school and I distinctly remember TOTing when I was in high school. We didn't worry too much about doing full costumes as we got older since it was always so darned cold we needed a coat anyway.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 3:58:57 PM
My son stopped at 7, but he wore a costume the following year. He really wasn't that big on candy.


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