First, in recognition of those holiday decorations I saw at a store last weekend, here’s a quick shout-out to retailers who resist the urge to begin selling Christmas before Nov. 1. I know, I know, it’s a marketing thing and maybe even good for business when tree lights and candy corn share the same shelf. But great ghouls, people, I’m still in Halloween mode here. I love watching George Bailey rediscover the meaning of life and Ralphie pound the snot out of Scut Farkus as much as anyone, but let’s enjoy the Snooki “pouf” wigs while we can, yes? And a tip of the Lady Gaga meat cap to any radio station not playing “Jingle Bell Rock” before November.
Veering back to the real topic now, I’d love to hear some opinions on this too-old-to-trick-or-treat discussion that’s been going on. In case you missed it, several cities throughout the country have established laws designed to keep those pesky 13-year-olds off your doorstep on Halloween night. Believe it or not, violating the rules could actually land you in jail or slapped with a $100 fine. That’s about 30 bags of Butterfingers, by the way.
While I agree that 16 is perhaps a little old to be roaming neighborhoods with a pillow case, unless you’re checking IDs at the door, how does one really know how old a child is? Not that most kids carry around ID cards, anyway.
I ask because I attended elementary school with a kid who stood, it seemed, at least a foot taller than the rest of us. Throw a mask and cape on him and there’s no question he would’ve looked old enough to drive. It is an exception, but one worth noting.
Let’s hear it. Are you in favor of laws banning “old” trick-or-treaters? Can you see yourself turning away kids based on their height or perceived age? How old were you when you finally hung up the candy sack?
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