Do High School Students Still Trick-or-Treat?


Ashley Hawkins

Four students share their opinions on trick-or-treating as high schoolers.

Rita Tran, Staff Reporter

As Halloween approaches, many people in our community will be going around their neighborhood trick-or-treating. Students from each grade give their opinions on trick-or-treating and share a little bit about either why they stopped or continued asking for candy. 

Clover Martin-

Freshman Clover Martin still celebrates Halloween every year with her friends. 

Some of Martin’s friends still go out to collect candy, since they can pass as younger kids, while she just buys candy for them all to share afterwards. “I will take free candy as much as I can,” she said, but she also understands that at a certain point there is a cut off.

Martin thinks that anyone can still trick-or-treat as long as they are clearly not an adult, “Unless you have a beard, you are good to trick-or-treat,”she said. She says Halloween should be a fun time for everyone, not just kids. 

Martin does think that it might be awkward to go around asking for candy when you are older, since it is mostly younger kids doing that. 

Veronica Kaufman-

Sophomore Veronica Kaufman celebrates Halloween every year by watching a scary movie and eating candy with her family.

Kaufman stopped trick-or-treating as a Halloween tradition after middle school. “I think that I’m too old,” Kaufman said. She thinks that after you become 13, you are not considered a little kid anymore. 

“You are just taking the candy from the children,” Kaufman said. “Those could be younger children getting that candy, and you can buy your own.”

Kaufman knows that anyone can do whatever they want for Halloween, but she feels as though trick-or-treating should be reserved for younger kids since older kids have so many other things they can do to still enjoy Halloween.

Violet Sheehan-

Junior Violet Sheehan celebrates Halloween just like many people by dressing up, but not trick-or-treating. 

Sheehan used to trick-or-treat every year and she enjoyed every second of it. When COVID-19 hit, this tradition came to a halt. Now that a few years have passed, she feels awkward going out again.

She doesn’t consider there to be a certain age that you should stop trick-or-treating. “If it makes you happy, then that’s great,” Sheehan said, but she thinks that when you get older, you are able to buy candy for yourself. 

Sheehan thinks going trick-or-treating with your younger siblings or your friends is the best option as you grow up; however, it might be a little awkward going by yourself.

Maximiliam Ramirez-Hernandez-

Even though it’s a little difficult to trick-or-treat in his neighborhood, senior Max Ramirez-Hernandez loves to celebrate Halloween. When he goes over to a friend’s house though, he will trick-or-treat with them. 

Ramirez-Hernandez finds a lot of joy in trick-or-treating. “I always thought that it was okay to trick-or-treat even though I am considered older,” he said.

He doesn’t think that there is a certain age that you have to stop, saying that trick-or-treating shouldn’t be based on age but rather if you enjoy it and, “I guess it just depends on who you are,” Ramirez-Hernandez said.