It’s October 31st, it’s dark and the smell of candy is in the air. Kids dressed as ghosts, witches and cats are roaming the streets, and approaching festive houses saying “trick or treat!” The night is still young, but are you? Young enough to trick or treat that is.
For years now, Michelle Rizza, a Holliston resident and mother of a 13 year old, has been handing out candy in the Queens neighborhood. For the most part, Rizza says most of her trick or treaters are “the babies” usually ages 5 to 10.
Rizza stopped trick or treating when she was a freshman in high school, since her mother did not give her a choice and stopped her from going. Rizza believes kids should stop trick or treating after 8th grade, since “kids of that age want to be viewed as adults, so they need to start pulling away from kid things,” said Rizza.
However that is not the case for most high school students. Usually, kids don’t want to stop trick or treating, since they dread being the kids that hand out the candy – the kids they never imagined being when they were younger. Also, they don’t want to break away from the tradition of running door to door with their friends, and facing the reality that they have “grown up.”
Sophie Noe, a sophomore at Holliston High School, still plans on going trick or treating this year. However, as she got older, her costumes became simpler. Over the past few years she dressed as a cop, a cat and one year she just wore a mask.
“If teens don’t want to go trick or treating,” Noe said, “they can go to a costume party or hand out candy.” But Noes favorite part of Halloween is dressing up, walking around with her friends to get candy and of course, scaring people.
Noe believes “it doesn’t matter how old you are, if you want to go trick or treating go, because candy rocks!” And let’s be real, who doesn’t love a bag of free candy?
Tom Whitney, a senior at HHS, stopped trick or treating his sophomore year. Instead of trick or treating he hands out candy or works with the food pantry with other students in the National Honor Society.
Whitney believes that people should be able to trick or treat until they want to stop. He also believes society may disagree, so sophomore year is a good time to stop.
See, freshman can get away with trick or treating. They are physically smaller and look younger. So, sophomore year is a good time to stop, because people don’t look young anymore sophomore year. Also it’s the year before you are an upperclassmen.
Although he may no longer trick or treat for candy, he can still buy it. But Whitney says,“it is just not the same, going house to house with costumes,” and he sarcastically adds, “nothing can replace that void in your heart once it’s gone…the child in you never dies”.
So as October 31st arrives, and you ponder whether or not to trick or treat, ultimately it doesn’t matter what society suggests, the decision is up to you. Remember, even if you aren’t young, the night is still young, and if candy is what you want, then candy is what you should get!