Is it OK for an adult to dress up and go out trick or treating?

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  1. That Grrl profile image76
    That Grrlposted 9 years ago

    Is it OK for an adult to dress up and go out trick or treating?

    I don't mean adults taking their kids around or young adults enjoying their last Halloween. What do you think about adults who trick or treat, looking for candy on Halloween night?

  2. innerspin profile image89
    innerspinposted 9 years ago

    I would find it very odd if an adult knocked on my door dressed up, minus children. Depending on their behavior, I might even be tempted to alert the police. So the answer is no, I don't think it's okay, because it could make other people uncomfortable.

    1. That Grrl profile image76
      That Grrlposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      There are a lot of things other people choose to do that make people uncomfortable. I don' think that's a good reason not to do them. Any kind of change makes people uncomfortable, at least in the beginning.

    2. innerspin profile image89
      innerspinposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Why would any adult want to do this?

    3. That Grrl profile image76
      That Grrlposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      The idea behind trick or treating was to chase away evil spirits. It wasn't a kid thing. It became a kid thing, sort of a joke from it's origins. So, why wouldn't adults do this? Fewer children go door to door because the adults aren't safe.

  3. Stove And Home profile image92
    Stove And Homeposted 9 years ago

    I thought adults trick-or-treating was a normal thing because it's Halloween. When did it become something just for kids?

  4. rfmoran profile image73
    rfmoranposted 9 years ago

    These are people in serious need of a vacation. If they're doing it to joke around with friends and neighbors, ok, but a general trick or treat route would be weird.

    1. That Grrl profile image76
      That Grrlposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Why is it weird? These days there are few children being allowed to go out door to door - why not adults?

  5. kathyinmn profile image60
    kathyinmnposted 9 years ago

    Well, there is adult trick and treating and kids trick and treating.
    I have seen some adults dress up and travel with their kids on Halloween, for them, I would throw in an extra candy for mommy or daddy. But I never saw an adult go door to door by alone with a bag.
    Many adults love Halloween too. My x and I used to dress up and go bar hopping. Many of the bars where I came from would give adults in costume a free drink for dressing up. (a treat) One year, in my thinner years, I dressed up as Elvira but never made it out the door.

  6. Sarah Christina profile image73
    Sarah Christinaposted 9 years ago

    I remember the last time I went I was around 18 or 19 yrs old and went with a friend...people liked our costumes (we were both fairy princesses) but we got a lot of raised eyebrows and comments of "aren't you girls a bit old to be trick or treating?" but because we were cute they still gave us candy (I suspect if we were boys/men they might have had more of an attitude). But because of peoples reactions, that was the last time I went trick or treating.

    Is it OK? In my opinion, anything is OK as long as you aren't hurting anyone. I mean, to each their own. But be expected to get negative attitudes or people judging you if you do go trick or treating as an adult. The general population tends to think its mostly for kids and that you are being a candy beggar for doing it as an adult.

    There are plenty of other ways you can enjoy Halloween as an adult, like going to a Halloween party, bar hopping, visiting stores that give out candy, handing out candy yourself, etc. So just because it's geared towards kids doesn't mean you can't still have fun in your own way as an adult.

    1. That Grrl profile image76
      That Grrlposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I never discourage the teenagers who come to the door for candy. They usually come late - as I'm packing it in - so I pour everything I've got left into their bags. I think people who give them attitude about it are just crabby.

  7. Sharkye11 profile image89
    Sharkye11posted 9 years ago

    I agree with Sarah Christina--if you aren't hurting anyone or anything, why shouldn't it be a celebration for people of all ages? Why are there so many "rules" on what you can't do once you reach a certain age?

    I would personally much rather give candy to a trick-or-treating adult (with or without children) than to have them out getting drunk at clubs and parties, then going out and getting themselves or someone else hurt due their impaired judgement.

    Plus, if more adults would dress up, and go out just for the sake of trick-or-treating, they could double as neighborhood watch. The more adults outside, the safer Halloween would be for everyone. It might deter vandals and child-stalkers if they couldn't be sure that those masked figures were adults.

    Take Halloween and make it a night to be come an everyday superhero for real. Be anonymous, be kind, be polite, and be helpful.

    1. That Grrl profile image76
      That Grrlposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I agree! Especially about the idea of the adults being extra neighbourhood watch and not being out drinking. smile

    2. TattooKitty profile image82
      TattooKittyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Best answer EVER!

    3. Sarah Christina profile image73
      Sarah Christinaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I like your answer! Yes! Now I want to dress up as a Ninja warrior and protect everyone...LOL that would be fun. XD

  8. NecroBernard profile image59
    NecroBernardposted 9 years ago

    Ok, I get to dress up like an anime character and get an assload of free candy.  FREE CANDY.  I figure when I reach 30 I'll look like I'm early 20s and I'll have to wear a mask so people don't refuse to give me candy. 

    I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be fun for kids and adults.  You live and you die, do what you want while you're here because you don't get another chance.

    1. miss1magination profile image66
      miss1maginationposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I think definitely not ok for adults to tr trick n treat, what I mean by this is g. It's not appropriate as it's a child hood experience if you want to do it borrow some children:) Halloween paries can still be fun make sure candy is only there an

    2. NecroBernard profile image59
      NecroBernardposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      People let go of the kid inside themselves too readily.  They think because they're older that they shouldn't enjoy what they did when they were young.

    3. Stove And Home profile image92
      Stove And Homeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Amen. Just dress up like a monster or lizard with the face covered, and no one will know anyway. Candy, here I come!

  9. jpridgen profile image60
    jpridgenposted 9 years ago

    Yes it is okay for an adult to dress up and go our trick or treating. You are never to old for Halloween.  Although you might not get any candy from the people handing it out but that's okay.  The best places for adults to go trick or treating is usually the parties at bars that are advertised or at a friend's house where anything can happen on that special night.  Anyone need a costume come see me.  I'm all in favor and love to see people's costumes as well as make them.


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