Should there be a limit of age for teenagers to stop trick-or-treating? It might not be the best idea. Why? Because it helps teens to stay away from bad influences. Another reason to not cap the age for trick-or-treating is thinking of children and teenagers with special needs.
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Every year millions of kids get dressed up, knock on doors, and beg for candy. With Halloween just around the corner, you all are probably wondering where this strange tradition came from. Every year I have experienced this holiday and have done research on this topic. According to a 2014 Smithsonian.com article, stated by Natasha Geiling, in just one year Americans spent over six billion dollars on candy, costumes, and ghoulish decor in anticipation for Halloween. Many people think all Halloween is about dressing up and going trick or treating but there's more to it than that. The roots and variations from all around are what makes Halloween what it is today. In order to understand this holiday, we will go into the history of Halloween, how it's celebrated around the world, and superstitions revolving it.
We all remember dressing up for Halloween night as children. Getting together with best friends and competing to see who has the best costume or can collect the most candy. For some, this was the best night of the year. Then there are the children who sit at home and go through the motions of what their parents do. These parents inevitably will carve a generic looking pumpkin and then sit down and hand out candy to kids the remainder of the night. The children that are staying at home with their parents are handing out candy to the kids who are living and enjoying their Halloween. As Mac Hammond in “Halloween” stresses, the children that are out having fun on Halloween are the true
Introduction: Patrons of the season of Halloween spend over $2.5 billion dollars every year on candy, costumes, and decorations. Every year millions of kids get dressed up, knock on doors, and beg for candy. Have you ever wondered where this strange tradition originated? The three most important points of Halloween can be summed up by looking at its origins, how it came to include jack-o-lanterns and bobbing for apples, and how it is celebrated today with trick-or-treating and haunted houses.
There are many things in our lives that we take for granted, such as food and clothing that are not accessible to a big portion of the population. This surplus of things that most of us have can easily be given to people who are in dire need of them. Personally, I had an abundance of clothes from when I was younger. They were things I was never going to wear again and were simply being stored, unused. Knowing that, I decided to donate the clothes to an organization that will then donate it to people who need it. My contribution was going to help someone out there in need and that felt significant. Food is also something that a lot of people do not have access to. From my peers, I notice that a
When I was 10 years old my mom wanted to teach us about giving. All throughout my childhood we would make meals for people experiencing illness or death in their family. We finally were old enough to hand out supplies to the homeless and we loaded up our cooler with water bottles and granola bars. Here in Oklahoma the summers have just as extreme temperatures as the winters, and dehydration can kill faster than hypothermia. We drove
Pennsylvania police, for instance, reported that a 13-year-old trick-or-treater in Montgomery County had found a razor blade secreted in the wrapped candy Nestle Crunch bar given to him on the Halloween night (Towamencin). A mother in Kaisertown complained to police about pieces of glass in Tootsie Pops that her children were given during trick or treating (The Buffalo News). Also, a father in Auburn, Main, said his child found a sewing needle concealed in a Snickers bar received while trick-or-treating (The Babgir Daily News). Fortunately, none of the trick-or-treaters claimed the life of the children, but these criminals still hasn't been caught yet. Can the parents be relieved to hear that any children didn’t die from the candies? The candies may show that potential sadists were hiding behind the door or that someone just played a trick. The fact we know so far is that these candies could be fatal if trick-or-treaters ate. As long as these crimes have been reported, parents would never consider that Halloween goodies are utterly
Most people cannot resist the sweet taste of candy, cookies, cake, or anything else you can think of. The majority of Americans have plenty of these products in their pantries, ready to be eaten. These people think that they are just eating
C. Thesis Statement: Going from what the meaning of Halloween is in America today and looking back at it’s roots, it has evolved dramatically. And just recently we have been seeing a comeback from one of those roots, but do we know it’s real cultural significance?
Typically, the kids would stuff the bags in their pockets and keep it hidden to prevent being ransacked by the other kids. Right after he claimed his prize, Jaston sat down next to me and offered me a Starburst. He started passing them out to other kids in the aisle. Perplexed, I asked him was he was sharing, and through a big grin said, “I like sharing because it makes people smile.” This statement has stuck with me and changed me in a way that . If Jaston could share the only thing that he owns, why couldn’t I show kindness to all of the kids? This act of gratitude changed my outlook on my time in Parmelee. Instead of solely teaching the kids the rest of the week, I was able to learn from the kids, too. Because of his kindness, Jaston opened the door for many more opportunities for me to grow as a caring person.
Religious beliefs soon formed new values as the importance of gift giving became a ‘tradition’ among religions. In most religions helping others who could not help themselves was already a steadfast belief. As people’s values of wanting to help and give to others started to intertwine with the calendar holidays many people started to look for newer and better gift ideas for their loved ones and soon strangers as well. Christian’s predominantly could be found buying minuscule little gift items, such as notebook paper, pencils, and ribbons, for the homeless children, their families and the poorer community that could not provide for themselves during the holiday seasons.
If a stranger gives a candy and “junk food” to a child, the kid enjoys eating such foods