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Trick-or-treating As An Adult: Yes or No?

ADULTS CAN HAVE G-RATED FUN

Kids always seem to have
way more fun than adults. As
soon as people turn 18, it’s almost
like the universe declares
them too old to do anything fun,
like coloring or jumping into ball
pits. The expectation of growing
up means paying for everything
and cooking meals. Apparently,
it means that adults must also
abandon one of their first loves:
trick-or-treating.

Being an adult has its perks.
Adults can drive themselves
wherever they want, laugh at
notions of a curfew, and they can
explore the world with no one
to answer to. However, once a
person is deemed too old do an
activity, society turns to shame
them, rather than support their
efforts.

Tr i c k – o r – t r e at i n g i s not
creepy. If a well-meaning adult
wants to dress up as a pumpkin
and carry a basket door to door
asking for candy, then damn it,
they should be able to.

There shouldn’t be an age
limit on trick-or-treating. This
way, there’s inclusion of fun for
everyone involved. It seems as
though everyone assumes that as
adults, Halloween is that time
of year to dress up in the most
revealing, offensive outfit and
drink spiked punch while grinding
up against other sweaty,
horny adults. But that’s not everyone’s
scene, and it shouldn’t
have to be the only way to
celebrate this holiday.

Many adults are not into a
provacative or fear-based culture.
When partying and scary
movies aren’t an option, there
should be an opportunity to
celebrate in the way everyone
was raised to: by going doorto-
door in good spirits, without
judgement.

Trick-or-treating is a nostalgic
pasttime, and welcomes
grown ups to release their inner
child. Besides it being practically
the one opportunity to
dress up in costume, Halloween
is the best time to hang out with
friends, and take advantage of
free candy. Chocolate and other
sugary snacks are expensive,
and college students, more often
than not, don’t have the money
to afford a package of Kit Kats.

Treat yo’ self, by adding a
little bit of trick into the mix.
Just do the world a favor and
don’t dress up as a clown.

-Dilkush Khan

KEEP IT FOR THE KIDS

Halloween is a spooky time
for everyone, but even scarier
for parents. Violence skyrockets
on Oct. 31, as does predatory
behavior toward children. It’s
already tough to have little ones
going door-to-door and accepting
candy from strangers—the reverse
should not be an issue. Trick-ortreating
is strictly for kids.

There are two conventions
for trick-or-treating: households
hand out candy, and children
dressed in costumes go around
asking for it. This distinction is
important: adults, unless chaperoning
their wandering vampires
and witches and zombies, should
not go near strangers’ homes. Not
only is it creepy, it’s incredibly
lazy. Anyone over the age of 18
needs to buy their own damn
candy.

Halloween offers activities
for everyone: there are haunted
houses and pumpkin patches and
corn mazes and cider festivals
and costume parties. Children
are often limited to what they can
do—they have to coordinate with
their parents and are dependent on
someone else’s rules. Adults are
able to do as they please—they
have the mobility to drive across
town to the Zombie Crawl, they
meet the age requirement to drink
from a spiked goblet, and they
possess the opportunity to go on
every ghost tour they please, free
of supervision. If scary activities
aren’t an option, adults can always
scroll through their own hauntfree
Netflix Queue that they pay
for themselves. There is no reason
that adults should feel entitled to
encroach on the one seasonal activity
that is strictly kid-friendly.

Sure, trick-or-treating is an
opportunity to embrace the innocent
fun of youth. Binging on
sweets and riding a sugar high
are activities that bring back a
rush of nostalgia. But returning
to the block to ring doorbells on
Halloween as an adult will create
new memories for everyone
involved: parents will remember
the inappropriate Harley Quinn at
their doorstep, kids will look back
at the jerk who took all the good
candy, and the perpetrator might
look back and wonder why they
just couldn’t let go of a holiday
activity that really wasn’t meant
for them.

Some activities are just for
kids. There’s a reason that park
equipment has weight limits
and why adults aren’t allowed
to wear costumes at Disneyland.
Sometimes the only way to
preserve the best parts of childhood
are by leaving adults out
of it; trick-or-treating is for the
kids—let them have it.

-Savannah Nelson

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