Are Teens Freaked by Trick or Treat?

Ava Palminteri, Crown Writer and Photographer

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Halloween tends to relate to pumpkins, monsters, candy, and most importantly trick or treating. This all-time favorite holiday tradition of getting free sugary treats always puts a smile on those who participated. The opportunity to dress up and go door to door, hoping for sweets never brought disappointment to children. However, as those same kids who adored this activity grow up into their teenage years, do they still uphold this yearly tradition?

As a child, trick or treating excited many to the point where they looked forward to Halloween every year. Lauren Wells (10) was one of these children saying, “ I looked forward to getting free candy!” Every child was a sucker for sweets and they couldn’t say “no” to a holiday where they could get as much as they could carry. Dressing up is also a Halloween tradition that most children take part in for the day. Costumes ranging from superheroes to celebrities and cartoons to scary characters; no matter what the choice, dressing up brings out the creativity and imagination in children. However, as we grow older into out teens a lot of people lost the want to celebrate Halloween in the same old way.

Many grow out of the trick or treating part of the holiday and instead participate in more “age-appropriate” activities. Caroline Binotti (10), “If I don’t have homework, I hang out with friends and eat candy.” Most years Halloween falls on a weekday when students attend school and most likely receive assignments due the next day. Homework puts a damper on the happy holiday and gets put above celebrating. If homework doesn’t get in the way, most teens think dressing up or going out trick or treating seems “childish” and chose to celebrate in other ways such as parties, movies, or doing nothing at all. Even when teens are completely free on the day, some still chose not to celebrate. On the occasions when Halloween happens to fall on the weekend, it tends to be celebrated differently. Since homework and after-school activities can’t get in the way, teens can party and dress up without any distractions. On weekends, however, the most popular form of celebration still tend to be staying in and partying or simply hanging with friends. Trick or treating, even on open days like a weekend, is something that most teens avoid.

Teens views on trick or treating vary per person, but most have grown to the point where the dressing up and walking for candy isn’t something that excites them. “ It depends on the costume chosen and the group. It can be really fun to do with friends, but it’s just weird if you do it unironically. It’s a fun holiday, but more fun for a kid.” says Jayne Strang (10) and many teenagers agree with her. Trick or treating can be fun; the candy, costumes, friends, and the experience all make great memories. However, some think childhood memories of Halloween are enough and they stop going once hitting their teens.

The Halloween tradition of dressing up and going trick or treating is an enjoyable candy filled time. However, young children can be seen as being the only ones participating. As children grow into teenagers their passion for the activity diminishes, and some stop dressing up and going out entirely. Teens stop taking part and choose to reflect on the happy childhood memories instead of going out and trick or treating to make new ones.

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