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Should I give these slackers treats?

post #1 of 25
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The last two trick or treaters who came to my door were a teenage boy and girl, neither of which was wearing a costume. If they're too lazy to dress up for me, do you think I should be giving them treats? I did, I'm such a soft touch, but you'd think they shouldn't be out if they're just looking for handouts without being in the Halloween spirit. I think they were too old, too. Should teenagers be out trick or treating? And should they be given treats if they're not in costume?
post #2 of 25
Young teen, in costume, sure ,what the heck, they are forced to grow up fast enough as it is. But over age 16? No candy for you. No costume on? No candy for you.

I said, no candy for you!
post #3 of 25
I don't mind teenagers out trick or treating, but think they should at least make an effort to "dress up for Halloween". Many parents won't allow young children or preteens out anymore. I'm really disappointed this year - the only "trick-or-treater" we got this year was our neighbor's cat, who meowed at our front door, and got her treat, and then was unceremoniously taken home by me.

We have so much candy here that I'd give it to anybody who rang our bell, costumed or not!
post #4 of 25
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Boy, I've got a whole bag left over. There weren't many here, either. There were some pretty good costumes, though.
post #5 of 25
Here's our own/lone trick-or-treater/moocher:
post #6 of 25
My neighbors were older( most in their late 70-90s ) and we only had a hand ful of kids so they begged me to dress up and trick or treat till I was 17 and moved away... I did dress up though...

Not dressed ... pjs count as a costume to me... no treats
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
No candy for you. No costume on? No candy for you.

I said, no candy for you!
the candy Nazi

OMG Tricia look at that sweet babys face

I say candy for all!
post #8 of 25
I voted yes Tim because those kids know were you live.
Trick or Treat.
Happy Halloween
Meow!
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
the candy Nazi

OMG Tricia look at that sweet baby's face

I say candy for all!
Doesn't she have the greatest "eyeliner"?
post #10 of 25
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Doesn't she have the greatest "eyeliner"?
Oh yes she does, shes really a gorgeous girl
post #11 of 25
Did you ask them what they were dressed up as? Maybe they were dressed up as lazy teenagers

Hmm...maybe you should start wrapping rocks as candy. Then only hand those to the non dressers.

I trick or treated until I was 18. Yes, I suffered through all the comments "Aren't you too old?!". However I dressed up for every single year

so as long as someone puts forth the effort towards Halloween, then they can have candy.
post #12 of 25
Hey, it is still daylight here. No trick or treaters yet.

The dogs will be going wild, oh joy.
post #13 of 25
I don't mind teenagers trick or treating, provided they do it in the spirit, i.e. in costume, and politely. No costume, no treats. And I turn off the light (and extinguish "Jack's" candle) no later than 9 pm, probably earlier.

And at the rate we're going (it's just coming up on 8, and I've been home since 5) Rob and I are going to have a lot of Peanut Butter cups and Raisins to eat -- good thing we like them! We don't usually get many kids, and I provide for about twice as many, just in case -- there has not been one kid tonight.

ETA: What a lovely little mooch!
post #14 of 25
Yeah teenagers should be given candy if they are out. What is wrong with teens trick or treating? Who are you or anyone else to say how old is too old?
post #15 of 25
I don't mind giving treats to anyone of any age as long as they are dressed up. I think some of the parents who were out with their kids were trick or treating too, and I just put candy in any bag or bucket that was presented.

I didn't get any teens without costumes, though did get a couple with costumes. Didn't get nearly as many as last year, but there sure were some cuties. We got a lot of "first timers" too. One of them had long lost interest in holding the bag and was more interested in walking through the crackling leaves on the ground. Mom held the bag and shyly said "He's over there..." Aww!

I went trick or treating until I was 17 or 18, and always dressed up. Went all out for costumes as I got older, actually. Actually, I never got the "Aren't you too old for this"? but did get "Wow that's a great costume!" quite a few times.
post #16 of 25
Any age dressed up, nothing regardless of age if not.
post #17 of 25
Since they weren't wearing costumes I would say no! If it was an adult, it would be a little creepy, but if they were wearing a costume, I would give them candy. Halloween is all about the costumes and candy. I trick or treated until I was a senior in high school. That is what everyone did. It was always a blast.
post #18 of 25
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Yeah teenagers should be given candy if they are out. What is wrong with teens trick or treating? Who are you or anyone else to say how old is too old?
I've always considered Halloween to be a fun time for little kids. I've never refused a teenager, but when some 6'-1" guy with a deep bass voice shows up at my door, in costume or not, I just don't think it's appropriate to the reason for the holiday. Just my opinion.

Why don't teenagers get together and have a Halloween party? That sounds like more fun to me anyway, than going around and getting candy.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
the candy Nazi
You got it! (I'm glad someone caught the reference!)

post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by eburgess View Post
Yeah teenagers should be given candy if they are out. What is wrong with teens trick or treating? Who are you or anyone else to say how old is too old?
They didn't have costumes.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
Here's our own/lone trick-or-treater/moocher:
What a sweetie!
I vote - humans any age with a costume
fur people - any age with or without costume.
post #22 of 25
I guess early teens would be okay but everyone should wear a costume. That's the whole point of Halloween.
post #23 of 25
I would give it to them simply because of the "trick" part of trick or treat. I don't want to end up with an egged front door! I only had two trick or treaters! I couldn't believe it. I bought six bags of candy and live in a huge apartment complex. Just a cute little princess and a ninja. I was very disappointed! I even had the good stuff- reece's cups, hersey's bars.. yuummm.
post #24 of 25
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I wonder if it's the time change. I asked several other people and it seems everybody had a really low turnout. I'm guessing trick or treaters prefer going out when it's dark, and with the longer daylight savings time, maybe it's just that it got dark too late. Most communities have fixed hours for going out; 4pm to 7pm here, and it didn't really get dark until almost 7.
post #25 of 25
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but you'd think they shouldn't be out if they're just looking for handouts without being in the Halloween spirit. I think they were too old, too. Should teenagers be out trick or treating? And should they be given treats if they're not in costume?
If they want candy that bad that they are going door to door then that is their thing. Maybe they just can't grow up. Some just want to have fun. I never know why or why not they are trick or treating. Maybe they never got to do it as a kid and wanted to this year. I just don't know so I give them candy happily and move on. I know some kids/teens that look a lot older than they really are, and some that look younger than they really are.
It isn't a hand out; it is just a few bits of candy IMO from homes that are already advertising they have candy to give. We have had some teens and gave them candy, no problem. They were dressed up. But we wouldn't have refused candy to anyone coming to our door. After all, we had the place decorated, had bought lots of candy, and had our light on.
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