Halloween is tomorrow and I have a request of everyone: Please don't be a Halloween Grinch.
A Halloween grinch complains about kids who are "too old to trick-or-treat." A Halloween grinch gripes about kids not in costume. A Halloween grinch looks down their nose at adults who take a piece of candy. A Halloween Grinch tries to police who comes to their neighborhood. A Halloween Grinch complains about the noise and people traipsing across their yard. A Halloween Grinch, essentially, gatekeeps a holiday that should be fun.
Don't be a Halloween Grinch.
You don't know the story of everyone on Halloween. Maybe that child's adults couldn't afford a costume. Maybe trick-or-treating adults are getting candy for a kid who is home sick. Maybe those kids are being driven to your neighborhood because there are sidewalks or better decorations. Those "too old" teenagers are literally doing the most wholesome thing they can on Halloween.
If you run out of candy or Halloween is too much for you, do two simple things:
The trick-or-treaters will pass you by.
Enjoy the costumes, cheerful noises, and the barely contained chaos. It's just one night.