Would you prefer having Halloween designated as the last Saturday in October every year or prefer to keep it on October 31st?
Conn. state rep. considers moving Halloween
HARTFORD, Conn. - On Monday night, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls will be going door to door, looking for treats. It's Halloween the trick or treating happens on Oct. 31. It does not matter if that falls on a Monday, Thursday or Friday. Now, one Connecticut lawmaker wants to change that.
State Rep. Tim Larson wants the state to designate Halloween as the last Saturday in October in Connecticut.
"Halloween is a fun night for the whole family, but not so much when you have to race home from work, get the kids ready for trick or treating, welcome the neighborhood children, and then try to get everyone to bed for an early school and work morning," Larson said in a news release.
According to Larson, celebrating on a school night causes problems for "candy-stuffed children who have to get up early for school," so it would be better to celebrate on a Saturday.
Moving it would mean there could be kid-friendly daytime events and children could "begin their candy trek a little earlier when visibility is better."
Larson said moving Halloween to a Saturday would also be good for the economy.
"Halloween has also become one of the top holidays for retailers selling candy, decorations, costumes and general party supplies. Jobs are created by this holiday, so let's make it a little more fun and safe for everyone, and create some jobs too," he said.
Larson does not expect to decide this during the upcoming special session, but is hopeful the General Assembly will consider the idea in 2012.
"This would be good for the economy and make Halloween a more family-friendly event every year," he said. "Everyone looks forward to Halloween a little more when it falls on the weekend."
Republican state Sen. Rob Kane says the "well-intentioned" proposal symbolizes what's wrong with government. Less government is needed, he said.
This. Seriously. Are there not other things that need to be taken care of that actually matter?Republican state Sen. Rob Kane says the "well-intentioned" proposal symbolizes what's wrong with government. Less government is needed, he said.
I'll be one to say to leave it alone. For me personally, while there's great commercialism in Halloween, it also has spiritual meaning leading to All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day. His reasoning should suggest moving Christmas to the weekend as well since it's one of the top holidays to sell and create jobs. While it may be more convenient on a weekend, for me it strips some of the meaning behind the holiday in itself.
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Yeah its not so fun when you have to put your snowsuit on under your kids costume and freeze your digits off.
Lets just move it to the summer.
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We celebrate the whole weekend and will probably never go on a weekday, but there is no reason to change it. If parents don't want their kids all sugared up, it's easy to say one piece and then put the rest up for the weekend IME.
Halloween is iffy here. It could be really hot or really cold; it sucks not being able to plan ahead.
I think it would be nice if there was a standard day. Trick or Treating does not normally happen on a weekday. The city announces what day it will be (Friday or Saturday). But each surrounding area might have a different day so you can end up with trick or Treaters all weekend long. If there was one standard day it would all be done at the same time with no confusion of what day.
We always try to get costumes that you can layer up underneath, it's Fall here but sometimes it's warm and sometimes it's freezing.
I've *never* been in an area where there was a Halloween parade. That would make me so happy.