Con: Is Trick-Or-Treating Still Cool?

Nicola Gonzales, Business Manager/Social Coordinator

Picture this: a million little children swarming the streets, dragging their unwilling parents door to door in search of precious sucrose sweets. Now take that image, and add the same amount of large, gangly teenagers galloping around as well. This is a scenario almost as scary as the holiday itself. Halloween is chaotic enough without teenagers hijacking the streets. Halloween is probably one of the best holidays, but trick-or-treating isn’t something teenagers should be doing. It makes parents feel uncomfortable and usually just isn’t worth it. There are so many other things to do that night, including handing out candy, taking your little sibling, or maybe even doing your homework. The tradition shouldn’t be lost, but rather kept with the younger crowd.

First off, why would one go trick-or-treating if you can get that same candy for free from your parents? What parent doesn’t have a cauldron full of fun-size Snickers and Reeses in their pantry? Additionally, you can greet an abundance of the cutest little kids you will ever see, coming right to your doorstep. There is nothing cuter than hearing a three-year-old fireman ask, unable to pronounce his ‘r’s yet, “twick-o’-tweat,” and seeing his wide eyes grow even bigger in his excitement for a tootsie-pop. It’ll make you feel like you did something good for the world. That’s better than dressing up like a prostitute and making parents feel uncomfortable as they hand over their candy to you.

Another aspect of teenage trick-or-treating to consider is what really goes down on the streets when you reach the high school age. Greeted by an ever-present odor of sweet smoke and intoxicated friends, one simply forgets the original concept of trick-or-treating and instead hangs out on the streets with little purpose. Soon enough, it’s 10 p.m. and you realize you have to be home soon, and your pillowcase or pumpkin bucket has approximately two pieces of candy in it. Was there any point in going out in the first place? Most teens would agree there really wasn’t.

Halloween is a great holiday, but as one grows older there are better ways to spend it, especially when it’s on a weeknight. Carve a pumpkin and pass out treats to the little ones. Watch all your Halloween special TV shows and play the Oujia board. There are things to do without going out and wreaking havoc. However, if you’re seriously desperate to get in on the trick-or-treating scene, take your little sibling out and save your parents the stress. If you don’t have a little sibling, you can take mine.

Otherwise, dress up for school and plan a scary movie marathon for the weekend with your friends. The Paranormals never fail to scare the bejeezus out of anyone and you’ll be no exception.

Another fun tradition is the classic Halloween party. Grab your dry ice machine to create fake smoke and your favorite headless man figure to greet your guests, dress up like a zombie bride “Ex-Wife” and invite the whole school. Well, maybe not.

Halloween is a fabulous day to have fun and be someone you would never dare to be in real life. Trick-or-treating is all fun and games until you’re about 13, but then you should consider alternate activities to remain entertained on that spooky night.