The yearly tradition of dressing up and getting candy is an event that is anticipated by students and adults alike. Due to this anticipation, costumes are often planned weeks ahead of time. With the preparation and the creating of costumes, the topic of trick or treating naturally comes about. With that comes the question of whether or not there is a trick or treating age limit.
The excitement surrounding this holiday was slightly dampened by the 60% chance of rain that was scheduled to fall. Since halloween is on a week day this year combined with the rain chances, it can be hard for students to participate in trick-or-treating. Nevertheless, kids will still be seen trick-or-treating eager for halloween treats. Students, like sophomore, Jacob Conrad, plan to go trick-or-treating this year.
“I am absolutely not too old for trick-or-treating. Am I too old for candy? No. Therefore, I will walk around and you can catch me dressing up for candy. Trick-or-treating is really a tradition that has gone on no matter what someone was. It’s the one night where you can be whoever you want and no one can judge you. There isn’t many holidays that are like that, if there are any,” said Conrad.
For some students, like sophomore, Michelle Nguyen, halloween is the time where they can relieve some stress through free candy. School can be responsible for a lot of students stress and the fun of getting candy, as well as eating it, can be used to relieve this tension. With all the stress of classes and constant homework, it’s no wonder why high school students enjoy trick-or-treating.
“We all sorta need a time when we can just relieve our stress from school. Classes like AP World are the reason that we need holiday’s like Halloween. It gets better because we get candy that relieves even more of our stress,” said Nguyen.
Trick-or-treating is not just about the candy. It’s also about the costumes. With the constant tweets and memes being released on social media weeks before halloween, the pressure to get the perfect costume is ever present. According to fortune.com, Americans are expected to spend 3.1 billion dollars on halloween costumes, filling the streets with creative characters. This year sophomore, Nick Grenier, is dressing up as “Georgie” from the movie “It” that was was released this year. For Grenier, dressing up for Halloween is a fun tradition that he wants to hold on to no matter his age.
“Every year, me and my family always dress up. We’ve dressed up for Halloween for as long as I can remember. Sometimes we even coordinate with the costumes and dress up as people from movies and stuff like that. This year come rain or shine my family can be seen dressed as the cast from ‘It,'” said Grenier.
Overall, trick-or-treating isn’t just a kid thing, it’s an American tradition. Dressing up and trick-or-treating is about more than getting free candy. For some it’s continuing a tradition while for others its simply a way to forget about the stress of everyday life.