It’s officially October, where decorations go up, scary movies are on nearly every channel, and millions of people around the world stock up on bags of candy to give out on Halloween night. The sport of trick-or-treating has been going on for several generations, and many people both young and old have their opinion on the tradition.
Students and staff at Fairmont have mixed feelings about trick-or-treating while being in high school, but many continue to keep their yearly traditions for the spooky holiday.
Fairmont senior Brianna Bennett feels that trick-or-treating should remain regardless of age. Bennett is one of the many band members who has had band practice on Halloween for the past few years, so she has been unable to go.
“If I didn’t have practice I would definitely go,” she said. ”There shouldn’t be an age limit on happiness.”
Luckily, all the band parents come together and buy candy for the “trunk-or-treat” at Roush Stadium so band students can still enjoy the night.
Bennett considers trick-or-treating to be fun because she gets to spend time with friends and thinks the exercise is worth it. Her costume changes every year. Last year she went as Johnny Depp’s wife, Amber Heard. This year, she plans to go as one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Freshman Gabe Berlean will be staying home this year due to feeling that his years of going out for candy are over. As a high school student, Berlean doesn’t consider trick-or-treating to be fun anymore.
“I think it’s for younger kids anyways,” he said. “You have all the little kids that dress up and are everywhere. I’d rather stay home or be at a Halloween party with my friends.”
Berlean’s favorite costume was when his mom and himself made a hippy costume out of clothes they got at the thrift store and of items at home.
One of his favorite Halloween memories was back in 2012 when Berlean and his friend went trick-or-treating over to Oakwood since people seemed to give out better candy.
“My favorite candy to get on Halloween is the king size Kit Kats,” he said.
Fairmont health teacher Bob Franz agrees that there is no age limit for trick-or-treating and all he asks is that the trick-or-treaters have a good attitude about it.
“If a group of teenagers came to my house on Halloween I would absolutely give them candy if they had put some effort into their costume,” he said.
If he noticed they didn’t put much effort into it and just wore the clothes they wore that day then he wouldn’t give them any.
“As a parent, I think Halloween is for everyone because it’s fun to spend time with your friends and go to parties. You really get to embrace the spirit of the holiday,” Franz said.
Franz said when he was growing up he stopped going trick-or-treating when he was 16.
“The most memorable tradition I can remember with my friends on Halloween is going bobbing for apples and going to parties,” he said.
As Franz and his friends got older, they started to host their own Halloween parties and would plan things to do such as scavenger hunts and other Halloween related activities.
Junior Riley Dugger believes fun has no age limit and that participating in the annual tradition depends on the person’s maturity level.
“Normally I go over to my grandma’s with a friend and we go trick-or-treating around her neighborhood,” she said.
Dugger loves the idea of getting free candy and dressing up differently each year. “I’d have to say my favorite costume I’ve ever worn was this one I made with a friend to look like we were zombies,” she said. “My friends and I usually try to match the same theme for our costumes and this year I’m going as Wonder Woman.”
Many Fairmont students and staff have differing opinions on the decision of going or not, but all believe that Halloween should be “spooktacular.” There’s quite a variety of activities people in the community do, and as Dugger said, “Everyone should have fun.”
For Kettering, Beggar’s Night will be Saturday, October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00pm.