There's No Excuse To Exclude Anyone From Halloween Fun, No Matter Their Age

There's No Excuse To Exclude Anyone From Halloween Fun, No Matter Their Age

Halloween should be a holiday for everyone.

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Halloween is one of, if not my absolute favorite holidays. I'm one of the biggest fans of the spooky atmosphere, dressing up in costumes, free candy, and great late-night parties as much as the next person. However, there's one thing about Halloween that has been bothering me as of lately and this is something that most definitely needs to stop: the discrimination and exclusion of others in the Halloween fun.

This may sound like a stupid thing to be annoyed about, but it happens a lot more than people realize. There are many towns in the United States, including Bishopville, Virginia, Meridian, South Carolina, Boonsboro, Maryland, and Belleville, Illinois, that have made legitimate laws against children over the age of 12 to be trick-or-treating, with many towns issuing fines up to $500 or up to 30 days in jail for doing so. The only thing I can ask when it comes to this is... why? Why would anyone be so concerned about teenagers going trick-or-treating where they absolutely have to make laws forbidding them to do so? There are so many things throughout the country that desperately need laws to be created for that, and this is the kind of law that towns are creating?

One thing people should be asking before creating these laws is one thing: is anyone getting hurt with others doing this? If not, why is a law being created regarding children trick-or-treating over the age of 12? I can understand if there have been issues in the past with these towns when it comes to teenagers vandalizing other peoples homes by throwing eggs at or TP'ing houses, but while I was finding sources for this article, I could not find any major or ongoing incidents in any of these towns when it comes to vandalizing homes around Halloween.

Another thing to realize when it comes to this is that teenagers are legally still children, so they should still have more time to just be kids.

One of the biggest criticisms when it comes to "this generation" or "kids these days" is that they're growing up too fast, so why is that same generation complaining about this making it worse? While adolescence is a different stage of life than childhood is, the universal age where one legally becomes an adult is 18, so why is it such a terrible idea to just let kids be kids?

I personally never thought I would have to ever address this, but the fact that several towns in the United States are making these laws not only makes me angry but also makes me upset. I really do feel bad for all the kids in these towns who were looking forward to getting all the free candy this year but not getting the opportunity to do so because of these laws.

I will be one to say that I've been trick-or-treating until I started college, and I have no shame in admitting that, so why should these kids feel bad about wanting to do something that others are saying they're "too old" for?

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40 Small Things That Make College Students Happy

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1. When class is canceled.

2. When the coffee shop you stop at five minutes before your 8 a.m. has a short line.

3. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

4. Open note tests.

5. Or even better, take home tests.

6. The unofficial assigned seating process that that takes place after the first week or so of classes.

7. Thursday nights. (because in college, Thursday qualifies as the weekend.)

8. Sales.

9. Or once again, even better, free things.

10. Specifically free food.

11. Dogs.

12. Dogs on campus.

13. Tailgates and Saturday afternoon football games.

14. Finding an already completed Quizlet for your exam.

15. Having an extra 30 minutes for a nap, and if you're lucky, an hour.

16. Netflix.

17. When your roommate takes out the trash.

18. Weekends after test weeks.

19. The rare blessing of a curve on an exam.

20. Getting out of class early.

21. How in college, it is socially expectable to wear a t-shirt everyday.

22. Being able to walk from class to class or eat in the dining hall without having to see anyone you know. (and thank goodness too because you probably don't look too good.)

23. Crossing things off of your to-do list.

24. Your best-friends that you make in college.

25. A full tank of gas.

26. Seeing a new face everyday.

27. Crawling back into bed after your 8 or 9 a.m. (or after any class that ends with a.m.)

28. Care packages.

29. No cover charges.

30. When adults tell you that it is okay that you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet. (regardless of what parents or your advisor may say.)

31. Pizza.

32. Finding out you weren't the only one who did poorly on the exam.

33. Deciding not to buy the textbook, and never needing it.

34. Finding the perfect gif to express how you're feeling. (Michael Scott just get it.)

35. Weekends at home because...

36. Pets.

37. Mom's home cooked pie and Dad's steak dinners,

38. Spring Break.

39. Road trips.

40. When it finally starts to cool down outside so you can show up to class dry instead of dripping in sweat.

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Just Your Friendly Reminder That You Are An Adult

You are not a Hufflepuff, you are in your 30s.

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Whether it is intentionally misspelling words to sound like a child, or you're buying Lin Manuel Miranda's "self-help" "book" "Gmorning, Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me & You," people from the ages of 18-70 are acting like complete children, and it is time to put a stop to it.

This is not a rag exclusively on millennials, although they are the most obvious offenders. After all, it was baby boomers that invented the mid-life crisis which was code for grown men abandoning their families to have sex with 22-year-old girls and buy ridiculous cars.

Of course, the mid-life crisis can be explained by having too much money to know what to do with, which is the case with a lot of boomers. My dad is a baby boomer who has not had a mid-life crisis. The most obvious explanation? He still works for a living.

Instead of following in the path of people like my father, adults from all generations prefer to do stuff that should be for kids. The majority of people who buy comic books are adult men. Comic books failed as a medium because rather than remain appealing to children, they are only bought by people who read them as children and are continuing to read them as adults.

A lot of adults do fantasy football leagues too. In a simpler time, creating an entire game of make-believe would have been the activity of children, and an adult's fantasy would be starting a family or something.

And you can see this with movies too. I actually saw several people say that they better not see any children in the movie theater when Disney releases their "Aladdin" and "The Lion King" remakes because the original Disney films were "made for us".

Is this where we are supposed to be as a society? Refreshing your computer screen every five minutes to buy tickets to see the next Avengers movie instead of letting a child go.

Don't get me started with the whole self-help/self-care environment. Look, nobody is saying never talk about your feelings. I think modern psychology shows us talking about your feelings and opening up will, in the long run, be the healthiest option for everybody.

People, especially men, should not idolize the whole "strong, silent type" nobody wants to go back to "I work at the docks 50 hours a week and haven't spoken two words to my wife since our third kid was born. And now I've died at the ripe old age of 37."

That is unhealthy, but, we have become far too infantile when it comes to dealing with mental health. The online self-care community has gone way too far with its often performative measures.

And sometimes self-care is detrimental to someone's health. Staying in your pajamas and eating whatever new flavor Ben and Jerry thought up should be a rare luxury, not something you do to make yourself feel better. As a person who is prone to long stages of melancholy, I assure you that will never make you feel better.

Twitter has "self-care" bots programmed to tweet things like "please go eat today" which may be totally necessary in extreme cases, but it puts the job of performing the most basic functions (all the stuff we learn as babies) to someone other than you.

Should we not be worried that marketers and corporations are going to pounce on that? There are already phone apps that remind people to eat, sleep, and breathe for a monthly fee. How is that not a major red flag for all the people that have read any dystopian fiction?

You just see more and more people publishing articles like "How to Enjoy an Adult's Only Trip to Disney World" and "We Put the 2020 Presidential Candidates in Hogwarts Houses!" and now we need to do something about it.

Of course, I would be a fool to overlook how we got to this position in the first place. Why would an adult want to escape to a fantasy world where they can ride dragons and have sex with their aunt (Game of Thrones reference, still not going full Freud) or manage their own sports team?

It is probably because their life sucks. All of the infantile examples I just went over are rooted mainly in one thing: escapism.

Marx once said, "religion is the opiate of the masses," but people never hear the end of the quote. He goes on to explain that when your life is so horrendous, you need opium to make your life seem less… horrendous!

When you're a factory worker who has to live in a shanty making pennies a day, the expectation of divine reward was probably the only thing that got you out of bed.

When you're waist deep in student debt on your second internship, maybe the next Avengers movie is all you have to look forward to.

If Marx was alive today, he'd probably say "Marvel Cinematic Universe is the opiate of the masses."

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