Over at Notes from the Trenches (and technically via Parenting before that), there were a question and an intersting issue raised.Â Being the windbag that I am on some issues, I thought it better to post a response that fill comments.Â Plus I wanted to see what some others thought as well.
Now the first, is the question of is there an age limit for Trick or Treating?Â Personally I don’t hold it against older kids to go trick or treating.Â I do sort of have my own personal “rules” on it though.Â I will usually indulge them less (one piece of candy whereas I tend to give the little ones a bit more since they will not be walking as much, and hence not getting to as many houses), and secondly, I “expect” a costume.Â Walking around in your street clothes and carrying a pillow case doesn’t cut it for me.Â If you want the spoils of the holiday, you have to at least make an effort.Â So do you have an age limit for trick-or-treaters?
The second point was raised, as sort of an aside where Chris ranted “about parents who let their kids run wild on Halloween night with no supervision.”Â Now this one I really have to admit struck me as odd.Â I guess because my thinking isÂ virtually opposite.Â In a way, I feel sorry for kids today.Â When I was a wee lad (granted this was quite some time ago), I think I was six the last time my mother took “the walk” with me to go trick or treating.Â After that, she decided it was entirely too much walking, and I was off on my own to go trick or treating from the time I got out of school until dinnertime, and then (when I was a bit older) again for another couple of hours after dinner.
Today, it is so much different.Â Going trick ‘o treating after school is a virtually fruitless endevour (at least around these parts) as most people are in work, and even half (or more) of the kids are in some sort of aftercare program.Â So the time to gather goodies has become relegated to an after dinner event.Â And then after a long day of work, preparing dinner, etc.Â a parent has to then waltz their kid around the neighborhood, and they more often (except for the littlest of frolickers) worn out and tired first.Â Thus limiting how much time the child has to “make the rounds”
Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand WHY parents do it.Â I do it as well.Â We worked out a bit of a plan, where TheWife takes LatteGirl out first, and I stay at home to give out the candy, and then we switch roles, this ensures we are home for those looking for candy, while allowing LatteGirl to get her fill of Halloween fun without one of us getting too worn out to continue.Â But I still feel sad that I don’t feel safe to let her just traipse around the neighborhood on her own.Â And if you live in an area where you feel comfortable with that sort of arrangement, I must admit, I am a bit jealous.Â Halloween is about candy, but it is also about a bit of mischeif, mindless frolicking about.Â And these days, that is completely lost.