There'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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