It will be, if a Connecticut lawmaker has his way.
State Rep. Tim Larson wants to make Halloween easier on working parents by moving the holiday to the last Saturday of October.
“Halloween is 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 public statement.
The politician also notes that by permanently moving trick-or-treating to the Saturday kids will be safer, as traffic is considerably lighter on the weekend. What’s more, Larson maintains that celebrating Halloween on a Saturday would allow for earlier trick-or-treating, which translates to more candy collecting in the daylight hours rather than in the dark of night.
All very valid points; however, Larson’s proposal is not exactly being greeted with open arms by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
Malloy’s press secretary told local news reporters: “The Governor is worried about confusing the ghosts, goblins, and witches — so he thinks leaving Halloween on Oct. 31st is the right thing to do.”
While the move isn’t being seriously considered in Connecticut, here in Wisconsin, some kids do trick-or-treat on the weekend before Halloween. Parts of the state have designated the Sunday prior to October 31st as trick-or-treat time (and have done so for years) due to safety concerns for costumed kiddos. Meanwhile, other Wisconsin communities have created a non-binding uniform trick-or-treat time. Area leaders designed a resolution which states that kids can trick-or-treat between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Halloween Day if it falls on a weekend. However, if the holiday falls on a weekday, then trick-or-treating takes place on the Sunday before the holiday.
When do your kids trick-or-treat?
How do you feel about lawmakers making Halloween less random?