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‘Aren’t you too old’: Why trick-or-treating teenagers shouldn’t be shamed

Children attend a Halloween event at the Sacramento Zoo in 2015. Children and even teenagers across the nation will go trick-or-treating Tuesday. A Facebook group is asking that teens who take part aren’t shamed for doing so.
Children attend a Halloween event at the Sacramento Zoo in 2015. Children and even teenagers across the nation will go trick-or-treating Tuesday. A Facebook group is asking that teens who take part aren’t shamed for doing so. Bee file

Halloween is here, which means children will be going door-to-door in search of their favorite treats.

Among those trick-or-treating may be teenagers, who often get made fun of or criticized for taking part in a tradition most people see as child’s play.

A Facebook status about this subject has gone viral since it was posted Oct. 23.

The post on Budget101.com’s page wants people to be considerate about teens who come to their door.

“For those passing out candy this year, can you please take into consideration giving candy to teenagers and not shaming them for trick or treating by saying ‘aren't you too old to be doing this?’ ” the post states. “Just take a second to think ... would you rather them be out drinking and driving putting not only their life in danger but possibly you and/or your child’s life in danger?”

It also asks that people not judge on appearances.

“Size doesn’t always determine mental age or special needs. You may see a teenager, but they may still relate as a younger child!”

The group has asked that the post be shared, and people have obliged. As of 10:30 p.m. Pacific time Monday, the post had 3,752 shares, as well as more than 5,000 reactions and nearly 600 comments.

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