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Stopping the stigma against teenaged trick or treaters

October 18, 2018

  What is Halloween to the average teenager? Do they think of candy or beer? Halloween is a time of year where everyone celebrates this spooky season.

  Perhaps the most festive group, teenagers, is the least sure about how to spend their Halloween night. In preparation, some are planning the killer parties. Some are getting their costume ready. Some are indulging in pumpkin spice. And the rest of us are wondering whether or not it’s lame to want to trick or treat still. (The answer is yes, but if you’re not cool enough to be invited to a party does it even matter?)

  The fact of the matter is trick or treating is a birthright. Most of us have amazing memories of it. It’s the ultimate bargain and experience to which we are entitled. Free candy, getting to wear a funky costume, running the streets at night: these are key aspects of youth. Why stop when we don’t have to?

  It’s arguably lame, yes. But does that really matter? Teenagers have every right to trick or treat and should take advantage of it. We add more to the community than little kids do. We deserve the candy the neighborhood crazy cat lady bought from Stater Bros on discount. If the mom with the I-want-to-talk-to-your-manager haircut tries to tell you otherwise, ask her if she’d rather have you incapacitated at a party.

  Teenagers are running out of time to be young. In a few years, we will be filing taxes. Don’t throw away any chances you have to maintain the memory of your childhood.

  So take what you deserve, go stop the stigma against trick or treating!

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