Okay, I'm a big meanie. I'm not making any friends these days as I won't allow my 14 year old daughter go trick-or-treating with her friends. Is it me or is that just a little too old? And what age is the cut-off that this is no longer cute for your kids to do?
Oh, I love the little ones with their costumes knocking on my door, too shy to say those magic words, but not shy enough that they don't hold out their little plastic pumpkin for some candy. I love to watch them trying to walk in their princess garb while the boys all try to be something tough like "Scream" or ninjas. I crack up at the moms and dads who walk slowly on the sidewalk, trying to give them some independence, but still keeping them safe by escorting them. I love the parents who dress their babies and walk them in strollers, excited to include their little ones with the "big" kids. It brings back many memories of my two in their hand-made costumes, hiking until their feet hurt or we were too cold to continue.
So, back to my grumpy teens. Col has a party to go to, so I was all up for helping him find a costume for that. I think a Halloween party is more than appropriate and tons of fun at his age, it's just the door-to-door trick-or-treating for kids older than 12 that bother me. Most don't even bother to dress up anymore and I think they sort of scare the little ones away. My rule is that if you are too old to dress or to say "Trick or Treat", then you are too old to be out mooching candy. Even if you are dressed like a bunch of grapes or something, just the mere fact that you are taller than most adults is just a point that should make you reconsider.
While I'm a big buzzkill for my daughter and her friends, I do have to say that I did offer to have her friends here for a small party if she wanted. Yes, I'd order pizzas and scary movies. Yes, there could be boys. And yes, I'd be home too. But no, there is no taller-than-me kids going out trick-or-treating and running the streets in the dark. I just think that the cops frown upon such groups and I think folks don't appreciate those loud knocks on their door only to meet a gang of "kids" holding pillow cases for their booty.
Gees, am I getting old or what? Don't kids get "too cool" for this sort of thing anymore? And when did I turn into the world's biggest party pooper?