Should Teenagers Trick or Treat?


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Is it a trick? or just a treat? -- teenagers who enjoy Halloween.

With October just a few days away, Halloween spirt is certainly in the air. Plenty of teens are already coordinating group costumes with their friends and making plans.

Trick or treating is a tradition that many people look forward to all year, but it seems like every year adults complain more and more about teenagers dressing up and getting in the spirt of the holiday.

A Canadian town passed a bylaw in 2017 that banned anyone over the age of 16 from trick or treating, threatening a $200 fine for any teens caught going door to door on Halloween.

Last year Chesapeake, Virginia passed a law that stated anyone over the age of twelve caught trick or treating could be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to six months in jail.

As ridiculous as it may sound, many adults fear being the victims of Halloween pranks and vandalism.

Mayor Mark Eckert of Belleville, Illinois told The Today Show, that “When I was a kid my father said to me, ‘You’re too damn big to be going trick-or-treating. You’re done.’ When that doesn’t happen then that’s reason for the city governments to intervene.”

This was in response to his controversial ban against high school students participating in Halloween fun.

Some people disagree, and various people who the regulations upset have expressed online that friendly trick or treating stops teens from drinking, doing drugs, or pranking on Halloween. Many people argue that trick or treating keeps Halloween innocent and keeps teens out of trouble.

Whatever your stance on the matter is, trick or treating is a holiday tradition, and it can’t be banned so easily.

Hopefully government officials will think of ways to control Halloween pranks that don’t involve restricting teenagers from participating in a classic tradition.