The annual Halloween trick-or-treat pilgrimage through neighborhoods and town squares used to be reserved for excited little princesses, pirates, ghosts and ballerinas. Today, however, I’ve noticed that the trick-or-treaters have gotten a lot taller. A few didn’t even need a fake beard to pull off a wizard costume.

The annual Halloween trick-or-treat pilgrimage through neighborhoods and town squares used to be reserved for excited little princesses, pirates, ghosts and ballerinas. Today, however, I’ve noticed that the trick-or-treaters have gotten a lot taller. A few didn’t even need a fake beard to pull off a wizard costume.


I’m all about having fun no matter what you’re age. But there’s a point where folks have just got to realize they’ve outgrown trick-or-treating. There are some obvious things that let you know you’re way too far over the hill to be traipsing around the neighborhood as a Power Ranger or princess, going door-to-door begging for candy.


Personally, I gave up the tradition at about age 9 … mainly after the mean dog, really tall porch and rose bush incident. It was easier — and less painful — to just ask my parents to get me some candy. Besides, I sort of outgrew my witch costume.


Anyway, below are some surefire ways to determine if you’ve reached the age that you need to stay on the porch rather than run with the trick-or-treaters.


• You keep knocking on your own front door.


• You remove your false teeth to change your appearance.


• You ask for soft, high-fiber candy only.


• Someone drops a big candy bar in your bag, causing you to lose your balance and fall over.


• People say, "Great looking Freddie Krueger mask,’ but you’re not wearing a mask.


• When the door opens, you yell "Trick or …" and you can’t remember the last word.


• You have to choose a costume that won’t dislodge your hairpiece.


• You’re the only Super Man using a walker.


• You’ve got Depends lines showing through your Marilyn Monroe dress.


Of course, nothing says you can’t dress up and escort the youngsters on their sugar-laden rounds. If you happen to snag a piece or two of candy while the tot’s not looking, just think of it as saving the parents a few dental bills.


Have a happy and safe Halloween!


"Happy Halloween" birthday Thursday to Barbara Kinney-Smith, Maddox Logston, Isabella Linwood and Anthony Keith Dawson, all of Denison; Venus Daniels, Elhisha Ruffin, Byron McDaniel, Debbra Lollar, Jim Lough, Hollie Fay Wood and Leodus Moore, all of Sherman; Carolyn Manuel of Dallas; Shannon Lindley of Mission; Jill Harmon of Richardson; Chloe Dockery of Trenton; Brittny Preston of Durant, Okla.; Tracy Barker and Taylor Nicole Lyons, both of Colbert, Okla.; Ellie Kriebel of McKinney; and Miles Chumbley.