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    I really don't mind the teens going trick or treating so long as they behave like the rest of the trick or treaters and don't push in front of the little kids etc. I've been really impressed with the teens that have come to my door and the respect they have shown. I would much rather have them out trick or treating to get candy than have them out doing some sort of vandalism, egging kids or cars, causing damage, drinking or whatever. The only thing I draw the line at is that I stop giving out about 9:00, I think that's late enough and I'm usually out of candy by then.

    Kids can be cool at any age and fun and harmless, and should be commended for not causing trouble I think. My kids are older now but they did go trick or treating till they got too tall to pass for a young kid! And now they stay home and help me make special treat bags for kids we know and take around a couple of little kids.
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    My sister is 15 and she is going trick or treating with her friends tomorrow. All dress up in costumes. I feel better they are going to do that better than going to party where booze and drugs will be possible there.

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    I like the idea of the older kids (teens) going to parties, rather than trick-or-treating. Going door to door is for the little ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.D.
    I like the idea of the older kids (teens) going to parties, rather than trick-or-treating. Going door to door is for the little ones.
    So you would rather have them go somewhere were drugs and alcohol will most likely be present, than having them go door to door getting some candy?

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    I am with those who say as long as the people are dressed up in a great costume, there is no problem trick or treating. If the behavior is good and they're having a good time, why not?

    I agree that I would rather see my kids going door to door with their friends instead of a party with drugs and alcohol.

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    When I was a teen the churches in the area would have lock-ins(parties that last all night filled with games, food, movies, and singing). We always had fun and did not miss any of the regular Halloween stuff. Our parents were just glad to know we were having fun and staying out of trouble. These days the churches have fall festivals where the little kids and teens alike can play games(similar to state fair and carnival)to win prizes and candy. Usually there are cake walks, drawings, decorate your own tiny pumpkin or pumpkin shaped cookie, picutures and some places serve an evening time meal ala hotdogs and chili or nachos. It it nice to be able to take your kiddo to a safe environment where you know the candy is not being poisoned or boobytrapped.
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    I'm with JD. It's up to the parents of teens to supervise parties and prevent the use of drugs and alcohol. Door-to-door trick or treating is for little kids. If a teen is taking little ones door-to-door, fine. I also resent teenagers banging on my door and yelling for candy after I've turned out my lights and put my little ones to bed. Grow up already.
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    I can understand aj about the knocking at door when the light is already out. But with the parties most likely the kids are bound to go out after they go door to door. At least here they would where beggars night ends at like 8 or 9. the teens just go out to the party's after words. But i still think as long as they behave and are in the spirit of Halloween they should be slowed. You tell them to grow up AJ but hey Halloween is a day where they can act like kids again why take that away from them.

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    We have set hours here that are published in the paper... 6-8... Then the light goes out. We don't usually get too many past about 7:30 though...


    Most of the kids around here stop at about 13... I think High School is basically the cut off, unless they're bringing around younger kids...
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    I guess I must have been an exceptionally mature teenager, because I wouldn't have been caught dead trick-or-treating after age 11 or so. My teenage babysitter is going to a movie with friends tonight, which IMO is a more age-appropriate activity for Halloween.

    Listen, if teenagers want to dress up for Halloween, knock yourselves out. I have NO problem giving out treats to older trick-or-treaters if they are escorting younger kids door-to-door, in fact I give props to teens who are considerate enough to do so. You want to have a Halloween party for older kids, great. There are lots of people who love Halloween, so go ahead, have fun. However, just because it's Halloween doesn't mean that I have to cater to loud smartasses who can't even be bothered to dress up and who seem to think I owe them a handout. Sorry, but that's been my experience with teenage trick-or-treaters. They don't act like *kids* - I assume when you say that you mean small children, Disfunctional - because I find little kids to be far more polite and appreciative when they go trick-or-treating. Fortunately I didn't have to put up with any last year, we'll see how this evening goes.

    For the record, I love opening the door to young kids and seeing all their costumes. Getting dressed up and receiving treats is a big deal to little ones and I wouldn't dream of spoiling their fun, which is why I continue to put out decorations and give out candy.
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