Where Trick or Treating is Criminal
At 13 I went trick-or-treating. I believe I hadn’t been out on Halloween since I was 9-years-old.
Jim and Howie made some wise guy comments in response and then we quickly got off the man’s property.
Howie Hardy and Jim Clark came by my house when I was in junior high school and insisted I join them. They maintained it would be fun.
Not having a costume I snagged my dad’s old orange police raincoat and slapped one of his Stetsons atop my head. We probably hadn’t even been to half-a-dozen houses when an old man stared us down on his porch. “When I was your age, I had a job,” he growled. It was embarrassing. For me, anyway. Jim and Howie made some wise guy comments in response and then we quickly got off the man’s property.
This week I was reading about some towns in Virginia where an age limit is strictly enforced for trick-or-treating. You can click here and read the essay. I tend to believe the older kids should stay home but I’m not sure government should be involved. Kids going door-to-door aren’t knocking over headstones in cemeteries. I’d leave the decision up to parents.