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A vote for older trick-or-treaters

By Quinn Garcia

Every year, on the final day of October, cheer and sweets are handed out to all who accept. Indeed, Halloween is a day on which everyone can enjoy the company and spirit of each other.

Some people, however, view this wondrous day with distain as immature and only for children. Still, many believe there is no restriction on the celebration of Hallowed Eve. And why should there be a restriction? Trick-or-Treaters are not hurting anyone. They are simply enjoying themselves.

Halloween is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light fires and dress up to ward off bad spirits. Also, in the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated Nov. 3 to honor all of the dead saints and martyrs with many traditions similar to that of the Samhain festival. The name evolved from All Hallows’ Eve to Halloween just as it evolved into a secular holiday.

Since most of the trick-or-treaters you see prancing, limping, boo-ing about are in fact children, it is easy to see why someone may disapprove of Halloween. But teenagers are still children on the inside. I do not think the trick part should be part of celebrating, but the joy filled treats do not harm anybody, and they do not take away any of the spirit of Halloween; in fact they help to improve it.

Almost every disapproving adult can remember being a child on Halloween. And according to senior Koe Inlow, there “should be absolutely no restriction on Halloween.” Every year she and her friends spend the cool fall night gallivanting around, “showing off [their] costumes,” and receiving a ton of candy along the way. I do not see anything wrong with this good fun.

Some people think that when you become older, trick or treating is perceived as a greedier thing to do as opposed to an understood tradition. “I actually went trick-or-treating this year, but I got yelled at by almost every house for being too old,” junior Matt Bishop said. But even though a few teenagers are a little lazy or do it all for free candy, a lot of us put time and effort into a costume that represents us as people. A costume is much more than an image of whatever one wants to look like, but more accurately an image of the wearer. Whatever the costume, things may be added to make it more personal. This is what Halloween is really about.

Halloween is reminiscent of childhood because it makes one carefree—it fills all who celebrate with joy. This is an idea adults especially should be able to get behind. They get to act a little like children once a year, on Halloween.

Halloween represents happiness and fun; how could you restrict something like that?

I think that those in favor of dressing up like a scary villain or as their favorite movie character win both in spirit and in sheer numbers against those who hate. Let my people dress and eat—let my people trick or treat.

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