Today, October 31st, is Halloween…but some people want to change that

Today, October 31st, is Halloween…but some people want to change that

Happy Halloween!

Ever since I can remember, I’ve looked forward to October 31st…Halloween!

My first real job was working in a store which sold masks and makeup (and, er, whoopie cushions) at Halloween, helping people with their costume choices.

Yes, I’d say Halloween is my favorite holiday!

However, there are some people who want to move the holiday…to the last Saturday in October.

My initial, knee-jerk reaction was…what?! I’m not normally a big traditionalist, but there is a reason why Halloween falls on October 31st…it most likely has to do with the Celtic holiday of Samhain, and the date marks a weakening of the “barrier between the living and the dead”, when ghosts walk the Earth. As with some other things, it also became connected to a Christian holiday…All Hallows’ Day is November 1st (a “hallowed person” or hallow is a Saint), and the word “Halloween” is a contraction of All Hallows’ Eve(ning), the night before.

On reflection (hmm…what do vampires call it after they’ve thought about something? 😉 ), there is a good argument for it.

It’s not just that kids may have residual effects from the sugar bolus the night before and do poorly in school.

Adults could better support the kids. If you work until 5, trick or treating with your children can be complicated. Of course, adults also celebrate…intuitively, this might reduce accidents the morning after, if people could sleep in.

At the time of writing, over 38,500 people have signed this

online petition

Among those supporting?

Horror host Elvira, the Mistress of the Night, as evidenced in this

tweet

Hard to argue with the Queen of Halloween (although a spirited debate would be fun!)…

It’s worth noting that this petition was started by an organization:

the Halloween & Costume Association

It is an advocatory industry group (it’s also known as the Halloween Industry Association), but it is a non-profit…a 501(c)(6).

I can’t say I’m quite ready to sign…I’m still miffed that they took away Lincoln’s birthday to combine it into Presidents’ Day. Well, okay, that is my birthday, too, and I missed having my birthday off from school. 😉

What do you think? Should Halloween be moved to the last Saturday of October? Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.

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2 Responses to “Today, October 31st, is Halloween…but some people want to change that”

  1. Phink Says:

    I am a big proponent of government as local as possible doing as much as possible and the further away the seat of power is the less control it has over my life in all non Constitutional matters.

    Therefore, I say the solution is simple. Leave it like it is and local cities, town, provinces, can move it to another date if they wish OR simply move the Trick or Treat date if they wish to do so. I live in N.E. Arkansas and every time it’s on a Sunday our community and most around me move the trick or treating to Saturday night. That’s because so many go to church in this area.

    This is a local issue that can and should be dealt with locally. My opinion anyway.

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I’d have no problem if they wanted to have Trick or Treat on the last Saturday in October, but Halloween itself should not be a candy grab. Halloween is All Hallows Eve, and that is October 31.

    Both my maternal grandmother and my father died on Halloween, 9 years apart, and both at 11:55 PM.

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