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15 Signs You Are Too Old To Trick Or Treat This Halloween

Jeannie is a huge fan of Halloween and loves everything that is ghoulish. You can often find her reading or writing horror stories.

Ah, the things I do to amuse my friends.

Ah, the things I do to amuse my friends.

Grandpa, You Can't Trick or Treat this Year!

Halloween is a thrilling holiday for both adults and children. There was a time when mostly just children dressed up for Halloween. Over the years, it has become more socially acceptable for anyone at any age to dress up. I've heard of Halloween costume parties at jobs, retirement homes, and shopping malls. Halloween is a great time to let your inner ghoul (or inner anything else for that matter) come out for the world to see. But is it OK for adults to Trick or Treat?

Although there are plenty of social situations when dressing up for Halloween is totally acceptable, Trick or Treating is still considered a child's activity. I know some people that won't even give candy or treats to teenagers. However, I do know some folks that aren't offended at all if an adult comes to the door for treats. Of course, it certainly helps if the grown-up vampire at the door happens to have a 5 year old princess and a 7 year old pirate standing beside them. Some adults just really want to go Trick or Treating!

I am not here to get into a debate whether it should be socially acceptable to go Trick or Treating as an adult. It can be fun for adults, but even I don't have the nerve to attempt it. If you, however, really want to Trick or Treat this Halloween, I have created a handy list so you can determine if you are simply too old to Trick or Treat this year. If any of this applies to you, you might want to just find a nice Halloween party to attend this year.

Just put on some ears or horns and ready to go!

Just put on some ears or horns and ready to go!

15 Signs You Are Too Old To Trick or Treat:

  1. You haven't started to put on a costume yet, but people are already telling you how authentic your old lady Halloween costume looks.
  2. Putting on some animal ears and looking sexy is the only way you are willing to dress like a kitty cat this year.
  3. If you are too tired to walk around to neighbors' houses so you decide to drive around in your car to Trick or Treat instead, you might be too old. For that matter, if you have a driver's license at all, you may be too old to Trick or Treat.
  4. If you still don't even feel like getting out the car to knock on doors, but instead just go to fast food restaurant drive-thrus trying to get free food, you are way beyond too old to Trick or Treat.
  5. Everyone at the retirement home thinks your walker is ruining your scary zombie look.
  6. You must take out your false teeth to put in your vampire teeth for the Halloween costume.
  7. You decide to take the edge off by picking up some wine at the liquor store before getting ready for dressing up.
  8. All of your grandchildren believe it might be time to have an intervention before you dress like Katy Perry again this Halloween. And please, please stop singing "Teenage Dream" everywhere you go.
  9. You worked all day at the office and then intend on Trick or Treating all night while dressed like Winnie the Pooh.
  10. Your neighbors have started to refer to you as "that crazy old guy down the street" and they turn off the lights on Halloween night as they see you getting close to their houses.
  11. While getting dressed in your Halloween costume, you start checking out the AARP brochures you just received in the mail.
  12. You purposely planned your retirement party for the week before Halloween so it did not ruin your fun Trick or Treating schedule.
  13. You sure hope you don't get too many treats full of calories since you are going to be a bridesmaid in your best friend's wedding next week and you need to fit in your dress.
  14. While dressed as a police officer, no one realizes it is a Halloween costume since you are geniunely old enough to be a police officer.
  15. If you just went clubbing with your friends and your whole crew decides to go Trick or Treating afterwards, you are probably just too old to Trick or Treat this Halloween!


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I have no shame.

I have no shame.

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Trick or Treat Poll


Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 28, 2012:

Thanks so much! I am happy you enjoyed it. :-)

carol stanley from Arizona on September 27, 2012:

Thought I would read this as it looked fun. and it was.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 13, 2012:

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Millionaire Tips - That is a great idea! I never thought of having cheap candy for the annoying teens and the best candy for the little kids. I will have to share that tip with my mother since she gives out treats sometimes... I never get to give out treats at my place... no one comes to my apartment! Thanks for the suggestion and the vote up!

Cogerson - Wow, that is a lot of trick or treating. This is a great way to keep trick or treating for a long time to come. Thanks so much for the votes and for sharing! My HH Day is going well. :-)

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on September 13, 2012:

I loved this hub. With my kids ranging from the age of 24 to wife and I figure we have been trick and treating for over 20 straight years now....and will keep our streak alive until we reach 30 straight years...or more as we already have one I got a laugh out of your signs......voted up and sharing...hope your HH day is very successful.

Shasta Matova from USA on September 13, 2012:

It does get irritating when teenagers shove the little kids out of the way so they can get first dibs of the candy. I buy a special cheap candy for the older trick or treaters. Only the little kids get the good stuff. Voted up.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 11, 2012:

Since you already have the Dora the Explorer costume, I suppose it is OK that you go this year, Terrye. But next year, it is time to just dress up and scare all the trick or treaters that come to your door. ;-) Thanks for checking out my hub!

crissytsu, it is cool to go as long as everyone else is doing it. Honestly, I would be cool trick or treating if anyone would let me now. I suppose if I covered my face I could pass for a tall 12 year old. :-) Thanks for the comment!

crissytsu from Texas on September 11, 2012:

I trick or treated until I was old enough to drive...but everyone at my high school did so it wasn't like I was the only nerd out doing it. :P

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 11, 2012:

Ok! FINE! This will be the last year, I promise! I can't give it up this year, the store won't take back my Dora the Explorer costume. Party pooper!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 11, 2012:

I think I stopped trick or treating at 11 or 12, but then started back up around 15. I haven't done it since though. I do like dressing up for Halloween though. Thanks... I did not buy the hotdog outfit, but it was fun to try on.

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on September 10, 2012:

I was too old for trick-or-treating by the age of 12. Funny, but I kind of missed it. I don't anymore. Great hub. Cute pic of the hotdog.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 10, 2012:

That pumpkin hat sounds like fun. I think you should dress up in a costume no matter what. One day your daughter will look back and appreciate it. :-) Thanks for checking out my hub!

Claudia Mitchell on September 10, 2012:

Very funny. Nowadays I like to hand out the candy while my husband takes my daughter around the neighborhood. I still wear a silly pumpkin hat though and if my daughter wasn't so embarrassed I'd wear a costume and go around with her.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 10, 2012:

chloelozano - I don't blame you... that is the best part of having a kid is dressing them up for Halloween and then taking them trick or treating. After all, you need some excuse to go trick or treating. Thanks for the comment!

Faith Reaper - Oh come on, the very cute young kids are the kids that scare the easiest. They are the most fun! Haha. :-) Thank you for checking out my hub.

nanderson500 - Thanks so much for checking out my hub. I think that was about the last time I went trick or treating too.

CrisSp - Thanks so much for the votes! I don't blame you for trying to steal some treats from your daughter.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 09, 2012:

Fun read! I still would love to play along and join my daughter and steal those sweets from her bag. Lol!

Voted up and funny!

nanderson500 from Seattle, WA on September 09, 2012:

The last time I went trick or treating was when I was 14. I still like Halloween though. Funny list!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 09, 2012:

LOL, so funny, as I have seen too many way to old knocking on my door on Halloween, but I think if you want to play along in your own home and dress up, as you stated above, to have fun scaring the kids, not the very young cute ones, though. Very funny. In His Love, Faith Reaper

chloelozano on September 09, 2012:

I love Halloween! It is my all time favorite holiday! I admit I was one of those parents who took their 1 year old Trick-or-Treating. He was so cute in his little pumpkin costume we did it more to show off his cuteness than because we wanted candy, although my husband may have had this ulterior motive.

I don't mind if older kids come to the door as long as they are at least still in high school and they make an effort to wear a costume. We have a no costume, no candy policy on Halloween (and say a prayer our house won't end up covered in eggs). I think my friends and I actually still went trick-or-treating until we were about 15 but we were all in full costume.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 09, 2012:

Pamela99 - Just remember, there is no reason why you can't still dress up in the comfort of your own home and scare kids that come to the door. That is the best part of Halloween. :-) Thanks for your comment and thank you for the vote up!

howlermunkey - Now that you mention it, there is a fine line between trick or treating and robbing someone. Hehe. Either way, you end up out of great stuff you'd rather keep... like candy. Thanks for sharing my hub and voting it up!

DzyMsLizzy - I know what you mean. I have seen the parents with infant children trick or treating. I assume they waited for years to finally have a child so they could go trick or treating again. I hope that wasn't their only reason for having children! You are right about the lazy trick or treaters, too. With some extra makeup or a good costume, you would just assume it was a really tall 10 year old in a Halloween costume. What is wrong with kids? Hehe. And yeah, your trick or treating method is a good idea. I might give that one a try with my apartment neighbors this year. Thanks for the comment!

Sherry Hewins - I think it is fine to go trick or treating if she isn't even 13 years old yet. As long as she dresses up, I think it is OK for a couple more years. But that is just my personal opinion. You are 100% right about dressing up.... you are never too old! I am in my 30s and I am going to be the Sun Drop Girl this Halloween. :-) Thanks for the vote up!

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on September 09, 2012:

My granddaughter's mom says she's too old to trick-or-treat. She's almost 13. I don't think that's too old, do you? Even if you're too old to trick-or-treat, you're never too old to dress up, are you? Voted up.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 09, 2012:

Hahahaha!! This was hilarious.

One of my pet peeves is parents coming to the door, claiming to 'Trick-or-Treat' ...for their child...and the kid is an infant in a stroller--FAR too young to be eating candy! Seriously, if you, as an adult, want to go in for this tradition, then have the B***s to just do it, and not pretend it's for your far-too-young child!

My other pet peeve is older teens with pillowcases as collection bags, who further don't even bother with a costume. I tell them, "Sorry--if you're too old to bother with a costume, you're too old to go begging for free candy. This is for little kids!"

As for me--I "Trick-or-Treat" a bit differently: I go only to one house (my daughter's), ring the bell, and say, "Trick-or-Treat," while holding out my wine glass! I always get the treat! ;-)

Jeff Boettner from Tampa, FL on September 09, 2012:

Ha! Very Funny. In orlando I used to get TONS of tricker treaters, and there were always those few, .......some would literally simply have there shirt pulled over there head.... they must've been in there twenties and I remember thinkg...are they gonna rob me or are they ticker treaters?.... Well, I never got robbed, (TG), but I always wondered if there was a line hahahaha. Fun Hub, up and sharing

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 09, 2012:

This hub is so funny! I think you did make some valid points though. Just a few years ago I use to dress up and scare kids who came to the door. They loved it and I had fun. I love to see the kids in their costumes. Up and funny!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 09, 2012:

Thanks so much! I hope my Halloween traffic starts picking up. I think it is all this warm weather. No one wants to think about Halloween!

Suzie from Carson City on September 09, 2012:

Just shared it....that should fix your flat!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 09, 2012:

fpherj48 - I am happy you enjoyed reading my hub so much. My poor Halloween hubs just aren't getting too much attention. I thought it was time to start writing some new Halloween material. Thanks so much for the comment!

Sharkye11 - Wow, that is awesome. I think it is OK to go Trick or Treating if you can get away with it, and it sounds like you definitely can. Thanks for sharing and thank you for the comment!

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on September 09, 2012:

Funny hub! When I was 22 I was always asked what elementary school I went to. One Halloween my mother, sisters and I dressed up and trick-or-treated just to see how young we really looked. Not only did we get asked where we went to school, we were told we were the cutest little trick or treaters, and warned not to stay up too late. One little girl even swore I was in her class.

We never did it again, but it was fun for that one night. We later gave all the candy away to kids who lived in the country and didn't get to go trick or treating.

Thanks for the laugh. I especially love #5!

Suzie from Carson City on September 09, 2012:

I have actually found myself feeling apprehension now, before being courageous enough to read your newest hub. To Hell with Trick or Treating....I'm too damned old to live through many more of your hubs......I'm losing valuable electrolytes through laugh-tears....and it's SURE death, if I am foolish enough to read you AND Thoughtsandwiches in the same 24 hr. period. ..UP +

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