I think my costume shrunk: are we too old to trick-or-treat?

By Hargot Sangha


Juniors Brian Gallagher and Brendan Crowley prove that college students can still enjoy Halloween.

Each year, the crisp autumn air swings in, yellow, red, and brown leaves swathe the streets and lawns. Besides all of that, October is most noted for its thirty-first day.  A day that is filled with children, parents, and college kids adorned in costumes raiding the streets, going house-to-house collecting heaps of candy in their pillowcases or buckets- a commonly known as trick-or-treating. But wait, there is something wrong with this picture; college kids in costumes?

The idea of college kids and teenagers trick-o-treating is seen as socially unacceptable, but why?

There is no definite answer, but teenagers and college students are ridiculed, and even worse, often denied candy when they go trick-o-treating. A common negative attitude toward college trick-or-treaters has made Halloween parties unacceptable. Society looks down upon college kids for their partying antics, but subconsciously promotes such behavior by keeping college kids from trick-o-treating. This drives students to go to parties and, in some instances, take part in underage drinking.

Trick-o-treating is a safe alternative to parties that keeps young adults occupied, in a safer environment and out of trouble. By making the activities of Halloween inviting to all, teenagers and young adults would refrain from partying and participate in activities that are more acceptable in society.   However, society’s mind-set on Halloween has created an un-inviting environment for teenagers and college students alike.

There is no reason why college kids should be kept from partaking in Halloween activities. It is unfortunate that some cities put a ban on teenage trick-or-treaters along with possible fines and jail time for teenagers and college students that choose to trick-o-treat. Although these punishments are enforceable, luckily, these rules are often not strictly followed.

The true meaning of Halloween is a time marked by community-friendly activities as taffy apples, pumpkin carvings and patches, hay rides, scary movies and obviously, trick-o-treating. These Halloween based activities promote community, and add a bit of fun to the ordinary month of October making it extraordinary. In a month that is most noted by trick-o-treating, no one should be excluded. This may sound cheesy, but in the spirit of Halloween, let’s all trick-o-treat, smell feet, and ask for something good to eat.