Trick or not

Why some students don’t participate in Halloween traditions


Reese’s Pieces prove to be a popular favorite of Langley students (Photo by Boden Gentile).

Boden Gentile, Reporter

Halloween is often viewed as a holiday for younger kids; where they receive the annual opportunity to walk around the neighborhood collecting candy from various houses dressed in costume. Nevertheless, this is far from the case, for many high school students and teachers at Langley still love to show their Halloween spirit by dressing up and trick-or-treating, no matter their age.  

One such case is sophomore Michael Raufer, whose family hosts a Halloween party and trick-or-treating group every season. “I’ve gotten looks from people thinking I’m too big, because I’m 6ft tall,” Raufer said.

He mentioned that if they had a problem with it he would stop, but, if not, he would continue to trick-or-treat.   

“[High school students ] might associate trick-or-treating as something that kids could do, but even as adults we could dress up for Halloween and stuff like that and celebrate Halloween in different ways, we might not just trick-or-treat,” science teacher Kenny Torres said.   

One additional factor that plays a role is having younger siblings who participate in the holiday; it provides an easy excuse to get free candy from houses.

“With younger siblings it makes it easier to go trick-or-treating,” Raufer said.  

For those who do go trick-or-treating it might not be just for candy.

“I’m a big candy guy, but I never actually eat all of the candy. I enjoy being able to collect it and say hello to my neighbors, it’s just a good experience to me,” Raufer said.