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Old 10-26-2010, 08:27 PM
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How old is too old for trick-or-treating?

Have you ever looked out your peephole and felt scared of a trick-or-treater? You're not alone. Mayor Mark Eckhert of Belleville, Ill., says he's heard a ton of complaints from frightened single mothers and senior citizens who are less than happy about the “6-foot-tall kids” that ring their doorbells on Halloween. His solution: To create an ordinance banning high-school teenagers—that is, anyone over the age of 12—from trick-or-treating.

"When I was a kid my father said to me, 'You're too damn big to be going trick-or-treating. You're done,’" Eckhert told ABC News. "When that doesn't happen, then that's reason for the city governments to intervene."

Intervening, in this case, means putting an age limit on trick-or-treaters, and threatening the over-12 set with a $100 fine for those who ignore the law—though, according to ABC, that fine has rarely, if ever, been actually meted out. And while some residents of Belleville have complained about the ordinance, it seems that many more are relieved. Trick-or-treat age limits have also been popular in townships in South Carolina, Mississippi, Maryland, and Virginia.
However comforting these restrictions may be to some, we can't help but wonder: Are laws the right way to go when we're teaching kids about becoming better adults?

Because, honestly, many of us—myself included— were teenage trick-or-treaters. How it happened for me is probably less important than why (I can try to blame other factors, but the truth is, I just loved free candy). You know when you're aware that you are doing something wrong, but you do it anyway, hoping that you'll pass unnoticed? Well, I quickly learned I couldn't: “You gotta be kidding,” one neighbor said, staring sadly at my baby costume, slamming his door, and providing a necessary behavior adjustment all in one swift move.

While I learned my lesson through good, old-fashioned (and effective) humiliation, Eckhert and others believe that creating laws takes the guesswork away from those unclear about when they are no longer eligible for receiving treats. But not everyone is convinced that excluding teens from the relatively tame activity of trick-or-treating is a great idea. "Trick-or-treating in a large part is embraced in this country because it serves to cut down on teenage vandalism," University of North Dakota history professor and early traditions expert, Hans Broedel, told ABC News. "Certainly telling teenagers they can't go trick-or-treating isn't going to stop them from going out on Halloween and doing whatever."

What do you think? Should overage kids be legally banned from trick-or-treating? And how old is too old for trick-or-treating?

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The "Limits" and laws will soon be so deep we will all smother and die under them.
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I don't need a law to tell me trick or treating is for kids, and if your too old I will tell you at my door.

I will be dressing up as Osama Ben Lardass this year, it should be fun considering we have some muslims in the neighborhood.
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When I was a teen it was a big deal to us to dress up and go trick or treating. My teen lids did the same.

I no longer take part because of religious reasons but, if we keep getting rid of safe ways for the teens to have fun, they will find unsafe ways to have fun.

We do not need more ordnances. That is scarier then the boogie man. If the elderly is scared, they have the choice to not open the door.
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dern...there goes my sun nite plan for maryjanes, tootsie rolls, bit o honeys, reeses PB cups, snickers and milky way minis and those taffy things that come in the orange and black wrap......whatdya mean i too old?!
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dern...there goes my sun nite plan for maryjanes, tootsie rolls, bit o honeys, reeses PB cups, snickers and milky way minis and those taffy things that come in the orange and black wrap......whatdya mean i too old?!
candy corn...yum.
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how could i forget candy corn??!!!!

didntya always hate those lil' ol' ladies that gave out peppermiint rounds or wrigleys green gum?
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how could i forget candy corn??!!!!

didntya always hate those lil' ol' ladies that gave out peppermiint rounds or wrigleys green gum?
yes or the popcorn balls that you just knew your mom would make you toss out.
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thats why you eat those immediately....Mom never even saw em..and yeah those were always good too...and sugar babies!

easier to chew than sugar daddys
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thats why you eat those immediately....Mom never even saw em..and yeah those were always good too...and sugar babies!

easier to chew than sugar daddys
aaahhh I was one of those kids who if I didn't know the family I waited until I got home.

Too many weirdos putting poison and fish hooks in things at that time.
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My trees will probably get toilet papered this year. LOL Last year, my father had just passed away so I was depressed and in mourning. I left a bowl on my steps with Bible tracts in it. hehe
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Oh.......pick me, pick meeeeeeee. (Waving my hand wildly in the air.) I know the answers to this one.....LOL

(Ahem).......

If you bend over to open your trick or treat bag......and your cigarets fall out of your shirt pocket......you are too old to go trick or treating.

If the lady of the house is turning you on MORE
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Sorry......I was laughing and hit the enter key too soon. LOL

As I was saying......

If the lady of the house is turning you on MORE than that Hershey bar she is giving away.......you are too old to go trick or treating.

If you drove yourself to the residential subdivision.......you are too old to go trick or treating.

If you had to shave, this morning......you are too old to go trick or treating.
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Hope these guidelines are helpful. Always a pleasure to help enlighten other forum members. (Large toothy grin........). LOL
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If the lady of the house is turning you on MORE than that Hershey bar she is giving away.......you are too old to go trick or treating.
If said lady is wearing an Elvira costume and gives you a condom instead of candy....
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Great, more nanny state Democrat protection..........
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No more laws please. Failure to know the law is no excuse in court, and i can't remember 93863649836062062 laws.....

If teenagers come to my door, im giving them Eukanuba dog treats...

Plus i trick or treat here..
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Vectorwoman's yard next November 1st.

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Vectorwoman's yard next November 1st.

What a sad waste of perfectly good preps.

How much were you able to salvage?
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What a sad waste of perfectly good preps.

How much were you able to salvage?
I said, next November 1st. LOL

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