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Candy and Chaos: Halloween restrictions

by The Stylus
Tue, Oct 30th 2018 09:05 pm

“This is Halloween. This is halloween. Halloween. Halloween. ” -Marilyn Manson

The month of October brings about all things spooky, such as pumpkin carving, candy apples and scary decor. Halloween is the one time in the year where eerie concepts and insidious environments are not only normalized, but glorified by thousands all over the country. For many Halloween is a holiday without an age limit. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in some states. What should be a time of fun and excitement can be overshadowed by other attributes, such as curfews placed by towns and older children not being allowed to go trick-or-treating.

When most individuals think of the term trick -or-treating, the first image that pops into many people’s minds are cute, little children dressed up in outfits going door to door for candy. A child’s only thought in those moments is “free candy,” and “I want it!” While most children go out with parents, kids in the preteen and teen stages may feel they are too old to be walking around with a mom or dad. We at The Stylus feel this can be a bit of an issue due to the possibility of dangerous situations that can impact innocent children. According to The Democrat and Chronicle, sex offenders in the Monroe County area are required to stay in their homes on Halloween. Not only can they not wear costumes, but they can not open the door to distribute candy or engage with children at any time. The offenders cannot leave their premisses until 6 a.m. the morning after.

Age limits on Halloween almost seem to not make sense, being that this should be a time of fun for everyone. Kids 12 and under seem to cap off what is the acceptable age to go trick or treating. In some states, people between the 14-17 age range are being ticketed for going out and getting candy. The Stylus feels this holiday is something everyone should be able to celebrate no matter the age. Taking away someone’s right to have fun and be creative is not fair. Most over the age of 12 have work or school to be worried about and a spooky night such as this might be just the thing they need to let loose and not be judged. Taking away that freedom of creativity is something that should never happen.

Age limits on teens around this holiday can push them to grow up faster and  either stunt creativity or do illegal things, instead of encouraging safer fun. Taking away the opportunity for teens to feel like children again by getting candy can get them into things like egging houses, going to parties for college students and trying anything they can get their hands on. Other options would be staying home, which could be seen as boring on a night like this. That age group of 14-17 are in the awkward stage where they are no longer kids, but they aren’t adults yet either. Not being able to go to parties and not being about to trick or treat leaves these teens with little to no options.

In regards to people over 18 going trick or treating, while we at The Stylus may not personally agree with it, we also do not agree with them being ticketed for wanting to do so. Save the candy for the younger kids and get your own discount candy on November 1. Residences would honestly probably laugh if they saw a grown college student trick or treating.

In different states, the curfew on when trick or treaters need to be inside varies. We at The Stylus understand the curfew on both sides. Yes, teens may not want to be limited on the time they have to trick or treat and could feel like they are being put into a box. On the other hand, town officials create these curfews with safety being the first thought. The curfews can range from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Drunk college students bar hopping make up another aspect of Halloween in a college town. Almost every girl ends up being a sexy devil or angel, or some type of oversexualized animal. Guys dress up as things you would never expect, but tend to be hilarious, such as a taco or a giraffe. Halloween gives even the most introverted student a chance to really be themselves and free.

Twitches, Halloween Town and candy corn are just some of the many aspects that come with the Halloween season.