How old is too old to trick or treat? Detroiters weigh in

Posted at 6:40 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 18:40:40-04

The age-old question on Halloween: how old is too old to trick or treat? It’s appearing in a new online viral post.

7 Action News asked folks around the D to weigh in on the debate.

"I think Halloween is for small and big kids, like myself,” said Tami Oliver, dressed as a devil, walking through downtown Detroit Tuesday morning. 

"Even if they're 17, even if they're 80, it doesn't make a difference,” said Oliver.

Many people around Detroit shared Oliver’s sentiments. 

"When the kids get into their teens they kind of think they're too old to do it, they don't want to dress up, but I'm over 50 and I'm out here, so they can, too,” said Katrina Hogan, dressed as a banana along with co-workers.

"I think that anyone that is out to have a good time in the spirit of candy and treats is welcome and never too old,” said Tracey Gancasc, also dressed as a banana.
"If kids are older, I'm not going to turn them away, that isn't very nice and it should be a fun and positive experience,” said Allison Kalulfuss, the third banana in the group.

The post on Facebook is a ‘copy and paste’ status, asking people to “Please just give them the candy without saying ‘aren’t you too old to be doing this?’” The post mentions kids could be up to a lot worse than collecting candy.

"I think all the way up to 18, as long as you're still considered a kid, come on out and get some candy from my house, I'm happy to have you,” said Sean Shunkwiler, walking in downtown Detroit.

"I'd give them candy still, I still give em candy. No, I wouldn't turn them away,” said Clinton Bracey, also walking through the D.

"I mean I went until I was probably 16 or 17, so why not? I still like candy,” said Pat Laughton, who works in the D. 

7 Action News did find one dissenter; Martell Byrd said he had a bad experience with some older trick or treaters.

"I was passing out candy to high school students and they pretty much took all of my candy,” said Byrd.
"As far as the older crowd, they need to stay their butts at home!” said Byrd.