Should teens trick-or-treat?

Halloween is a time of fun to be had by all – or is it? Adolescents and grown-ups alike have long speculated over the issue of teens and trick-or-treating. Adults argue that rowdy, pumpkin-smashing, candy-stealing teens make trick-or-treating unsafe and unenjoyable for younger children, while adolescents insist on the contrary. Here, three teens weigh in on the issue.


“Teens should be allowed to (trick-or-treat) because it’s fun to go out with friends, and as long as you’re not doing anything to disturb others, I think you should really be allowed to do it at any age.”
– Andrew Waltersdorf, junior, York Suburban Senior High School
“(Teenagers) should have the option of trick-or-treating but only if they’re going to go with the right intentions. It wouldn’t be fair to do it just to be mean to younger kids or bother adults, but if you’re being polite and considerate, then I say it’s fine.”
– Julie Riese, junior, York Suburban Senior High School
“I think that people under 16 should be allowed to trick-or-treat, but I understand why they’re discouraged to because some take advantage of it and destroy property and ruin the night for others.”
– Maddy Manbeck, junior, York Suburban Senior High School

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