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Aged-out Trick or Treater Tips

Instead of going out to Trick or Treat, watch a scary movie with family and/or friends.

If you’re reading this then you’ve probably officially tipped past the prime of being considered a cute kid in your costume for Halloween. It’s a sad and confusing transitional period in life where you’re left floundering, wondering how to spend spooky day as a decrepit primordial teenager.

So, what can you as a teenager do to celebrate Halloween today (other than attending a party)? Here are four activities to consider when it comes to replace the “trick or treating” sized hole in your heart.

Movie Marathon

Have a chill night with your friends by setting up a cozy movie space, getting snacks, and settling down to binge a number of horror movies together. Screaming together out of terror is a true bonding experience, trust me.

Amusement Parks

Dress up and visit your city’s or state’s closest amusement park on Halloween and watch it transform in the nighttime into what’s essentially one big halloween fest. Most places will decorate for the holiday, serve seasonal snacks and provide more “spooky” experiences like haunted attractions and live entertainment.

Dress Up & Hand Out Candy

Now I know this might sound sentimental, and not nearly as fun as being on the receiving end of trick or treating… but hold on let me try to convince you. You’ll get to dress up and impress little kids, which we all know is a great feeling. You still get candy (save some for yourself) and it’s basically the entire experience except for those of us who like Halloween vibes, but also like our houses. Invite some friends around and you could even make a game of it!

Paint & Carve Pumpkins with Friends

Drag your friends with you to go pick out pumpkins (it’s fall, they’re everywhere trust me) bring them back home, sit around the table and enjoy each other’s company. It’s basically seasonal arts and crafts! It’s messy, it’s fun, it’s creative and you get a product at the end to put on your porch to either impress passersbys or make them laugh. Tip, keep the pumpkin seeds and bake them for a little sack. They’re so good.

I know it may seem sad and disappointing at first, but don’t let the end of trick or treating be the end of your time enjoying Halloween. There are plenty of things to do to kill time before you’re 21 and you can… well you know what you can do at 21.

Happy Halloweening! Don’t get possessed or anything.


By Kendal Amos, Senior, Chi-Arts

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Written by Kendal Amos

16 years old. Reader/writer/lame musical enthusiast

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