So it’s about 24 hours away, the big fright night when kids will dress up in their adorable and scary costumes to canvas the neighborhood in search of candy, threatening a trick if we, the home owners, don’t oblige. I love Halloween night and I have since I was a little kid because this night is all about the kids, their costumes and in the end, their candy.
So why is it that a night designed for young children is always overshadowed for me when at least two or three teenagers show up at my door thinking a hoodie is a costume? There are a couple of rules at my house for Halloween and one of them is, 'If you don’t have a costume, you don’t get candy!'. The other rule is if you are old enough to have a job or to be out trick or treating without any adult supervision, THEN YOU ARE TOO OLD FOR THIS!
Perhaps this is why raisins exist on Halloween night, the oh-so-hated Halloween treat! I have no problem giving a teenager with no costume and nothing better to do on Halloween night a box of crappy raisins. In fact, if you show me the slightest bit of attitude when I say, “No candy for teenagers,” then I might just put some grapes in your hood as you walk away for you to find at a later date; maybe by then they will be raisins!
My point is simple. You are old enough to entertain yourself as a teenager and you can honestly buy your own candy whenever you want some. By no means do I think ‘egging’ a house or smashing pumpkins is considered entertainment either, but maybe host a party, go bowling or watch scary movies with your friends. This is a night for the kids and as a teenager I am sure you can remember how intimidating it was to see all the big kids running around on Halloween night when you were just a youngster.
Halloween is something we all love to celebrate and, when done right, it is a lot of fun, but on the big fright night itself I ask all teenagers who live such tough lives that only free candy can make them feel better, to please remember, THE CANDY IS FOR THE KIDS!