When I was a kid… I had to walk uphill two miles to school… sorry, whenever a story starts ‘when I was a kid’ I feel like it’s bound to lead to hyperbole. Back to my story… When I was a kid, people stopped trick or treating before they got to high school. Here, in the small town in which I live, people stop trick or treating some time around the same time they can start legally drinking. And sometimes not even then.
It drives me insane. I can’t stand giving candy to kids who can drive to my house or, even worse, grown adults pushing their infant around in a costume – as if their baby is going to eat candy. I’ve complained about this before but this year it’s a little different. This year, I have a 12 year old in the house and as far as I’m concerned, this should be her last year trick or treating.
My husband tells me I can’t stop it, that “the norm” where we live is to trick or treat forever. I haven’t asked my oldest about it this year but I’m sure my idea will be met with eye rolls and mumbling under her breath – which is how nearly everything I say is received.
So am I ridiculous? Am I turning into the grouchy old neighbor who yells at the kids for walking on her grass? What age do kids stop trick or treating?