Halloween Could Change Forever if This Politician Has His Way


jack o lanternsThere's a hilarious State Representative in Connecticut who wants to move Halloween. Tim Larson is proposing that Halloween be changed from being on October 31 to falling always on the last Saturday in October. Oh, Timmy! Classic rookie mistake. The poor guy has good intentions, bless his heart, but man, if there are two things you can't mess with, it's gotta be tradition and trick-or-treating. Larson's trying to fiddle with both.

I just feel like giving this guy a hug because he seems like a nice guy who's trying to help the community, but there's no way in hell this legislation will pass. He's got some pret-ty strong opposition.

And not just from me. The Governor released a statement via his press secretary that pretty much laughed off the idea -- he said he doesn't want to confuse all the ghosts, goblins, and witches, so Halloween is staying put. Larson's Republican opponent argues that moving the holiday is exactly what's wrong with our government these days -- it should be less involved in the private sector.

But Larson contests that having Halloween always on a Saturday would alleviate some of the stress that parents have to endure when trying to get their kids fed, costumed, and out the door on a weeknight for some trick-or-treating. Having it on a Saturday would also let kids get started earlier, when there's still some daylight, and would build a sense of community around neighbors who are family-friendly.

Yeah ... but no. I see where he's coming from, it is always a little more exciting when Halloween falls on a Saturday, but messing with a ritual that's been in place since the Middle Ages is going to piss some people off. And the argument that Thanksgiving is a fixed holiday so why shouldn't Halloween be too doesn't hold that much water.

Thanksgiving was assigned to the final Thursday in November by President Lincoln in 1863 (later changed to the fourth Thursday by FDR in 1941) because before that, well, no one really knew when to celebrate it. Previously the states were left to decide when to honor Turkey Day. Lincoln wanted to unify the Civil War-torn country with his national Thanksgiving date because it needed harmony and definition, not because it needed to be more convenient.

I think that a change to an age-old celebration could be the start of a slippery slope. Is Christmas next? What about Yom Kippur? It'd be convenient also if Valentine's Day fell on a weekend, just saying. Oh and the Fourth of July ... could it just be the first Saturday in July? If the state government wants to make Halloween safer and "more enjoyable," then make it a holiday. I could use a day off. Otherwise, let's keep it as is.

Do you think Halloween should be moved to the last Saturday in October?


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sofia... sofia0587

It would be cool especially for halloween party throwers and so the kids and trick or treat on a day that's not a school night, but tradition is tradition

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Apparently this guy isn't familiar with separation of church and state. The government can't go around moving religious holidays.

mommix4 mommix4

Since when is halloween a religious holiday?

ANavy... ANavyGirl

I don't see how this is causing such a fuss. I know a lot of counties already do something like that. They will shift Halloween to the closest weekend and let the kids go out then. It makes sense. Do I like messing with tradition? No. But I don't think this is a bad idea either. Better safe than sorry.



TC00 TC00

I actually like the idea, if its on a Saturday rather than a Monday like this year the kids can stay out longer and you don't have to worry about waking cranky kids in the morning. 

I believe Ohio already does that and down here certain neighborhoods do that as well BUT they do it for the wrong reasons.  Usually it's the rich neighborhoods down here that change the date they trick or treat because they are hoping to throw off the ones that don't live in the neighborhood....which when you're talking about little children and candy is just wrong. 

nonmember avatar me

I would love it if Halloween were on a saturday. It's hard to get home, get your kid dressed (and yourself :) and make dinner and take the kids trick or treating and get them to eat dinner and let them have some candy....and get to sleep. And we like to really decoreate, but it's always so windy it's hard to, too far behind the day.

jagam... jagamama0710

*snort* @ mommix4's question. Oh boy. 

It annoys the crap out of me when people try to "change" Halloween. Especially when it happens to fall on a Sunday like last year. 

tayanna2 tayanna2

We have always said Halloween is Oct 31. If you come to our house any other day, we do not give out candy.

I'm all for making it a holiday though, it's my husbands birthday so we really go all out for it each year.

D-Shi-85 D-Shi-85

It's a great idea in theory, but nah. Because in my neck of the woods, the Saturday night BEFORE Halloween is adult's Halloween. Then the kiddos get THEIR Halloween on whenever Halloween actually is. Combine the two, and adults lose out.

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