How old is to old to trick or treat? This is an age old question and there is no right or wrong answer in my opinion. Our daughter is 15 and she still goes with the little cousins each year because it is fun. She always gets candy, but you can tell some people are thinking she is to old to be doing it. So here is my take on it!
Setting reasonable time limits for younger kids to be out and about. You know that they usually have school in the morning so anyone under the age of say 10 should be at home around nine. But the older the kid the more freedoms they are allowed and this last year our daughter and the older cousin who is 14 got to go back out with an adult after we got the little kids home. They were home by 10 pm because most people are done passing out candy by then.
Anything 16-18 usually have their own Halloween parties to attend, but on occasion I do see some older kids out an about. As long as they are being respectful I don’t see a problem with it, but remember that each parent has a different opinion. Older than that and I would probably tell them they are to old to be trick or treating, but living in a college town you would be surprised at the ages of kids dressed up asking for free candy.
This doesn’t just apply to trick or treating visitors, feel free to pass this info onto your own kids, teens, and friends or family who love to dress up and go door to door. There are all kinds of events for us older “kids” who want to have a little spooky festive fun like movie marathons, haunted houses, and all manner of Halloween get-togethers. A good rule of thumb for deciding a cut-off age for trick or treating is this: If you can drive yourself to the store and buy candy for yourself, you probably don’t have any business in a costume asking for it for free