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How old is too old for trick-or-treating?

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Greg Peck
October 31, 2013

My wife and I will be handing out candy to the kiddies tonight during trick-or-treating hours, which run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. here in Janesville. (Click here to see hours in other communities). I enjoy seeing the smiling faces of the little ones, many with their parents behind them reminding them to say “thank you” as the children turn to head to the next house.

We'll have the porch light on, and a glowing jack-o'-lantern outside. Still, we don't get too many kids at our house, just based on the street configurations. We're not on or adjacent to a  thoroughfare.

Invariably, however, as the trick-or-treating hours wind down, we'll be answering the doorbell only to see older kids seeking handouts. We give them treats, too.

I realize that many adults think of Halloween as a season for adult parties. Just check out the many bars and taverns that sponsor costume contests in hopes of luring ghosts, goblins and paying customers.

Still, seeing these older kids going from home to home trick-or-treating makes me wonder. How old is too old? Age 10, 12, perhaps even 16? How old were your kids or grandkids when they stopped this activity?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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