Halloween -- specifically the act of trick or treating -- represents a social contract unlike any other in the Western world. When you step back and just examine the concept (strangers, candy, free), the whole thing seems outlandish, borderline dangerous, and, if you're an 8-year-old and/or a giddy Jerry Seinfeld, almost too good to be true.
The phenomenon, designed in part by the Irish, propagated by most of America, relies on a tenuous public caveat: Everyone just needs to be cool and not take advantage of the situation (this becomes especially pertinent when operating under the agreement of the please-take-one, unsupervised bowl).
But as there are no official rules to trick or treating (aside from not doing what that trashy lady did above), there are certainly gray areas that must be navigated. Most towns and cities will outline specific "trick-or-treat times" to ensure everyone is on the same candy-doling page. And recently, some towns have even began setting age on who can trick or treat: an age limit, in other words. Well... is there an acceptable age where you should stop trick or treating?
In this survey by chart-makers-extraordinaire FiveThirtyEight, most people tend to think you should start dialing back on the door-to-door candy begging by the time you hit 12-ish (with some monsters thinking you should drop it all together at 9).
But is teenaged trick or treating really that bad? Is there really an invisible wall of acceptability that 11-year-olds crash through when they hit the big 1-2?
Especially if they decide to wear a costume?