Trick -or- treat: a college feat

October 31, 2013


Trick-or-treating has always been considered a kid’s game. They dress up, look adorable and show up on doorsteps to collect free candy on Halloween night.


But why can’t college students play?


Arguably, college students would benefit from trick-or-treating the most.


They are broke, hence the free candy advantage.


They are stressed, and dressing up and running around neighborhoods is a good alternative to binge drinking and poor decision making.


And they are transitioning into the adult world from a kid’s world, so why not allow them a night of the year where they can still enjoy being a kid?


Some people think there are plenty of reasons to deny the young adult at your door the privilege to free candy on Halloween.


Some think it is just plain creepy adults running around with kids, asking each other which house is giving out the toothbrushes and fruit.


But this is unrealistic. When children trick-or-treat, they do it under the supervision of their parents or another adult, and college students are sure to refrain from intervening. Plus, college students are more likely to stay in their own clique. The kids can’t keep up anyway.


Others say it makes college students seem immature and they should devote their time to studying instead of trick-or-treating.


Who ever said college students were mature? And who is naïve enough to think that any of them are studying on Halloween night? Puh-lease.


Some say college students ask to be treated like adults and so we should act like them. But who ever put an age limit on fun?


The only legitimate excuse we can see here is concern for the safety of the children. What if college kids get too rowdy about the last Kit Kat in the bucket? Or what if they decide to go out trick-or-treating drunk and push some kids down? Or maybe their costume will scare the children.


If college students want to reap the benefits of Halloween akin to a sugar coma from the free candy, then they must respect the holiday and all of those who participate in it.


So if you choose to trick-or-treat this Halloween, do so responsibly. Keep in mind that the children around you have more rights to cavities than you do they still have their baby teeth. And you probably can’t afford any cavities, anyway.


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