By GalTime Teen Expert Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D.
Halloween is one of the most magical holidays there is. It starts to feel not so magical when teens reach the age where they are unsure if they are too old to trick or treat... even though they would secretly love to. After all, why would anyone want to give up celebrating such a fun tradition?
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Some teens feel comfortable creating hilarious and elaborate costumes well into their late teens and certainly earn the treats that they collect. Other teens start feeling awkward and end up getting into trouble that night because they want to do something out of the ordinary and end up making poor choices instead.
I say encourage your teens to celebrate in a fun and creative way as long as they desire. Some cities, though, disagree heartily with me and have even imposed bans on kids over age 12 going trick-or-treating.
Apparently, some adults feel frightened seeing tall and sometimes large teens in costumes. I say that if you are afraid of the trick or treaters then don't answer your door, but do light up the outside of your house and leave a large bucket of goodies outside for them.
We need to teach our kids to retain a playful and fun spirit throughout life. Put away your dolls because you are too old to play with them. I say NOT. Stop trick-or-treating because someone may have a fright. I say Bah-Humbug to you!
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