For those who celebrate, Halloween was always a magical time for kids. Trick or treating, dressing up and embracing the spookier side of things, October is always a highlight whenever it rolls around on the calendar.
However, as we grow older some Halloween traditions become more frowned upon when celebrated. For Halloween, or at least some of its traditions, is there a time when you are simply too old for it?
At a certain age, it becomes less acceptable to want to celebrate Halloween in a non-scary way. There are silly, goofy Halloween vampires, witches, werewolves, etc. However, the overly scary Halloween is not ideal for everyone. After middle school, the expectation is that you either like horror or you are a scaredy cat.
If someone wants to go all out and buy a ton of candy and decorate their house and have fun safely, why should anyone try and lessen their self-expression because of their age? Besides, participating in the “family friendly” aspects of Halloween can keep older children out of trouble.
You’re never too old to get together with your friends in stupid outfits. Certain aspects are going to be acceptable for younger children, but you are always free to go buy a ton of chocolate. Even if you are not a big horror fan, you can still be into other aspects, like the costume making or decorating. It is always fun to coordinate with my friends and see who can make what.
You are never too old to celebrate Halloween, although the way you celebrate it will be different as you age and mature. The thought of wearing an uncomfortable costume is sometimes beneath a person, which in it of itself is a tad ridiculous.
If you stray from societal expectations like children trick or treat, teens party, etc, it can sometimes feel like there is an unspoken age limit to Halloween, but there really is not one.
Some personally feel like toward the end of middle school is the time when dressing up for trick or treating slowly dies down. After that it is usually Halloween parties that people are dressing up for rather than trick or treating, which is geared more toward children. Other than trick or treating, Halloween is for all ages, but how it is defined is different for each age group. Overall, Halloween can be celebrated by anyone regardless of age, and no one should ever feel ashamed of embracing a holiday that they love.