From the article: Trick-or-Treating Rules for Older Kids & Tweens
Going out on Halloween alone, or even with friends, is a big responsibility. Here, readers share their personal stories in an effort to help other moms and dads make decide when to let their kids trick-or-treat alone on Halloween. Share Your Story
They Let Me Go With Someone With Me
- I'm eleven and I go trick-or-treating alone but I bring my cousin with me and the thing is we run.
- —Guest little reader
Yes, It's Safe
- I always go trick-or-treating with 3 of my 4 cousins and my brother, who are ages 9-16. The youngest goes with his dad, and the rest of us will split into groups and sometimes meet up and carry on trick-or-treating. We have never been in danger.
- —Guest guest hollie
Trick or Treating Alone
- My parents won't let me go because they say it’s "dangerous." I try to see it from their point of view, because there recently have been stories about tweens and teenagers being kidnapped and killed. So I guess they’re just worried about me. But I live in a small town, so I don't think there are any problems. But I guess I could live with being "loosely chaperoned," like my mom says.
- —Guest Guest Person
They Should Not
- No, they shouldn't go alone because there are many nasty people out there looking for children, wanting to be nasty to them and then kill them. I'm warning you: don't let your child go alone!
- —Guest elle
- We live outside Denver. Under no circumstances would I consider allowing my daughters to trick-or-treat alone. I never have before, and we live in a nice and very safe neighborhood. My 3 youngest are 11, 12, and 13 this year. I've always enjoyed going with them. I would always be concerned for their safety because things can get sketchy on Halloween anyway. This year with a deranged abductor and killer of a little girl on the loose in our area its not a question at all. I pray the murderer is caught soon. I'd just rather go along, enjoy the fun, and know everyone is home safely when we're done than worry about their well-being and risk the chance that something would happen to them. I realize the chance of something like that happening to my daughters is very small, but if it happens to your child, it's 100%. I would just like to do whatever I can to protect them. I can't imagine having something happen and knowing you could have protected them but decided to sit at home relaxing instead.
- —Guest Mom of 5 girls
- My kids are always saying, "I want to go trick or treat," but I never let them because she wants to go alone.
- —Guest rebecca mandella
- I am 12, and I'm going alone.... I'm just saying it's not that dangerous at all--that is, if you are in a decent neighborhood.
- —Guest Will
- I never did let my kids go trick or treating alone. I was always afraid they might go missing! Halloween started changing when I was a young girl in the 1970's. First, it was bag snatching, then egg-throwing. It has gotten more dangerous as time goes by. It's so sad!
- —Guest Vernell
Trick or treating alone
- Well, when my now young adult daughter was 12, she lost interest and quit going altogether. Her younger sister wanted to go alone with a group of friends at 12, and I allowed her to do it. We live in a nice neighborhood in a small town several miles from the city. She went alone at 12 and 13. She had rules: stay with the group, keep track of everyone in the group, don't go beyond a certain street, don't talk to anyone who approaches from a car or the street, don't go into anyone's house, keep your cell phone on so I can call periodically to check on you, and be in by 9:00 p.m.
- —Guest reader
My Kids Are Not Going Alone!
- After listening to the local sheriff give a talk to our PTA about the dangers of 'rat-pack' trick or treating, I am NEVER letting my daughter go without adult supervision. My fear is that when there's a group of kids, it is easy for them to lose track of their friends -- one goes missing, and they 'assume' the friend has caught up with some other friend -- meanwhile that kid has been lured into some pedophile's house, and no one knows at which house they last saw the kid.
- —Guest SLB
They never did
- I have a 14 year old and a 10 year old. We live in the city and the neighborhood is ok, but by the time my oldest was old enough that I would feel comfortable letting him go out alone... he was too old to do the trick or treat thing! I'm just saying...
- —Guest SOLOdotMOM