This is time of year people with teenagers are always trying to decide if their teenagers should trick or treat. Consider these 5 reasons why teenagers should trick or treat.
5 Reasons Why Teenagers Should Trick or Treat
Living in the south it is easy to lose track of the seasons. Driving down my street last week I noticed my neighbor had put out all his Halloween decor. Was it really that time already?
As I began to think about getting my 11-year-old daughter’s costume together (Bellatrix from Harry Potter) I wondered what my 14-year-old son would be doing this year. Is he too old to trick-or-treat? Will he even want to dress up? Everyone has an opinion on if teenagers should trick or treat or not If you are on the fence, or maybe even against teenagers trick or treating, perhaps consider these 5 reasons why teenagers should trick or treat.
It is a safe activity
Most teenagers can’t wait to grow up and do grown-up things. So, when teenagers trick or treat it gives them a chance to remember the pure fun of using their imagination. It helps them embrace what it was like to be little again. And let’s be honest, it’s a much better choice than some teenagers make.
Sadly, many kids think Halloween is for drinking parties and vandalism. So, wouldn’t you rather have your teenager be with a group of friends, going door to door, chasing an old childhood feeling, than trying to indulge in grown-up activities too soon? Every parent has concerns about what their teenagers are doing when they go out at night. This is one night that you can rest assured they are doing something safe.
Face to face peer interaction
It is an ongoing battle to get teens to interact face to face, rather than through a digital device. Digital devices are taking up so much of our children’s time. This is happening at a very young age. With so much digital use face to face activity should not be scoffed at. Trick or treating is the perfect opportunity for them to do just that. They can get out, hang out with friends, and have fun with one another! Active socialization in a group of teenagers is hard to come by. When teens are unplugged and engaged they learn so much more about each other. With that being said, any activity that gets teenagers to put their phones away and socialize is a win!
Allow them to be what they are, kids
With each generation, we put more pressure on our teenagers. Higher expectations are placed on them, which is stressful. We expect them to get good grades, take intense AP courses, volunteer, and study for college entrance exams. In reality, they are still just children. Allowing teenagers to take a night off from those expectations is a reminder it is ok to be children. Eventually, it will be time to move on, just not yet.
Now, if you are still against having your teenager trick or treating in search of free candy, consider an alternative. Help your teenager organize a food drive. Contact a local food bank or church to sponsor them and they can still dress up and go door to door. But rather than asking for candy they can ask for a can of food to donate. This still gives them the opportunity to have fun and dress up, but it encourages them to do something good.
It is fun!
Trick or treating is not just about free candy. Dressing up and indulging in a fantasy of being someone else appeals to teenagers. Adolescence is difficult! Allowing them to put all those struggles away, and be something else, for the night is ok! In fact, you are never too old to engage in fun and fantasy. Children are allowed certain behaviors that for adults, and now teenagers, are not socially acceptable. Teenagers are just tall children. Adults do things that are out of the norm of being an “adult”. We should allow that same freedom to a teenager who wants to enjoy Halloween as long as they possibly can.
Set up rules and boundaries
If you decide to allow your teenagers to go trick-or-treating be sure to set up rules and boundaries. After all, they are still children who need guidance. Remind them to DRIVE SAFE. Of course, there will be excited children running all over the place. Your teenagers need to be on the lookout for them.
Set a curfew, or cut off time, for the trick-or-treating. One of the biggest complaints about teenagers trick-or-treating is they are out too late. Let’s be honest, nobody wants to hear their doorbell after 9 pm on Halloween. Make sure your teenagers respect that. Remind your teenagers to use their manners, please and thank you go a long way! How your teenager acts can perhaps change the mind of someone who is against teenagers trick or treating.
There you have it! 5 reasons why we teenagers should go trick or treating! What would you add to the list?
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Bridget is on of our interns currently finishing up a degree in Marriage and Family Studies. With 8 children and 1 grandchild, she strives to keep her family happy and healthy. She loves to read and if there is an opportunity for it, you will find her at the beach!