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Old 10-28-2008, 12:12 PM
 
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So much of this depends on the neightborhood, the kids, the time of day, but I'd like to hear your opinions, is this still a coming-of-age privilege parents grant, or are there too many wackos out on Halloween?
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:59 PM
 
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In my area it's kind of a wash - by the time they are old enough they really shouldn't be out there trick or treating anyway... We did let my older son and his cousin go a little ahead of us in our neighborhood when they were about 10ish - but they had to be on the same street we were on and they had to keep a flashlight on at all times.
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:02 PM
 
Location: lumberton, texas
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I live in a very safe area and still would not let my kids go out by themselves.
I think it is just a little to dangerous. If it was a big group of 10-12 yr olds in a small neighborhood and still light outside, maybe.
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:49 PM
 
Location: in a house
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I would until maybe thirteen is they still want to at that age. Otherwise, I would go but just hang back just in case.
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:57 PM
 
Location: NE Oklahoma
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I have a 15 year old I wouldn't let go out by herself or with a couple of friends. Now if a parent was going... sure. She really thinks I am mean cause I won't. She can go hang out on the porch and pass out candy. OMG.
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Where the real happy cows reside!
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Well I just found out (through our Child Sex Offender registry) that a man who committed second degree sexual assault on a child moved into a house one street down! My child will not be going trick or treating on his own.
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:14 AM
 
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Yeah i'd say maybe 16. But by that time should they really be trick or treating???
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:09 AM
 
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16 - LOL!
I understand the sentiments!

I am thinking of letting my 11 year old and 8 year old (he's big and relatively street smart) go out right after school together, with another trusted friend or two, but it just doesn't seem at all NORMAL anymore. They'd have the cell phone (with locator) and only be going in certain nearby areas, and there's all sorts of people we know, but I just can't believe at their age that its such a difficult call.

Of course if I just wander the streets looking for them in a panic because they're 15 minutes late - that doesn't seem like a great plan.

On the pro side, the extra hour of daylight makes me feel like right after school would be pretty safe.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Chicago 'burbs'
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We live in a very safe area and last year I let my then 10 year old and a few of her friends go - but it was light out and they stayed in the subdivision. They had a phone on them. I'll do the same this year.
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Now a days never, and I'm only 22. Honestly my town is very safe but there is no way I or my mom would let them go alone. Usually now my mom and I hang out in the car and follow along as they walk. It's easier, plus they can drop off candy, or if we want to go to a different neighborhood we can.
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