Trick-or-Treat Troubles

Madison Duong, Rampage Staff Reporter

Trick-or-treating has been a hot topic among many people because of the age limit. Madison Duong photo.

Even though Halloween is loved by millions, there are a few controversies surrounding the spooky holiday. It seems that the more it’s celebrated, the more issues people have with Halloween traditions.

Take trick-or-treating for example. Even 70 years after being established, people still look forward to it every year. However, recently people have been sharing their concerns regarding the beloved tradition. This includes the age of trick-or-treaters and what is handed out to them.

According to Fortune magazine, some cities in Virginia have forbidden anyone over the age of 12 from trick-or-treating. They claim it’s a safety precaution, and that “older kids are making things less fun for young kids.” Violators would face the consequence of paying a fine, and possibly jail time if caught.

Junior Brylye Manes still trick-or-treats with her younger sisters, and she doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.

Junior Lauren Kirkle grew out of trick-or-treating when she was 13, but she doesn’t think that there should be an age limit for it. According to Fortune magazine, many people would agree that taking the joy away from kids over 12 is unfair.

But along with the ages of trick-or-treaters, people all across the country are expressing their worries about what is being handed out on Halloween.

Kirkle says there was one particular Halloween when someone gave her something abnormal. She doesn’t remember what it was, but she knows she was unhappy.

“I got something that wasn’t candy and I didn’t want it,” said Kirkle. “I never went back to that house again.”

Kirkle says household items, like toothbrushes, should never be handed out to trick-or-treaters because it ruins the fun.

When it comes to allergies, accepting treats from strangers is dangerous. People are also debating whether handing out homemade treats is safe or not.

“It’s okay for [treats] to be homemade,” said Manes. “Just nothing with nuts because of allergies.”

Both Kirkle and Manes think homemade treats are okay to give out, as long as they tell the trick-or-treaters that they are.

But even with these debates circling the nation, there is no doubt that nothing will stop people from celebrating everything Halloween has to offer.