This Halloween my sons were 13 and 14 years old and looked forward to trick or treating as they have every year.
Some of the responses they got when they knocked on doors were “aren’t you a little old for this” and “I don’t have any candy since I just got home from work — but please don’t egg my house”.
This was a bit disappointing to my boys since all they wanted to do was participate in Halloween — not egg houses or feel embarrassed for trick or treating at their age.
I find the youth as a group are often given a bad reputation. I think it is a difficult age and I can understand why some youth end up getting into trouble and misbehaving — there is nothing for them to do. Most town activities are geared towards elementary school age or younger.
Perhaps if we didn’t give the youth a hard time and encouraged them to do things that children do they would stay out of trouble more often.
One thing my son said to me was “everyone gives candy to toddlers but who do you think eats their candy — their parents!”
How about we embrace our youth and remember the time when we were their age and allow them to be young — they grow up way too fast these days.