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POLL: Should Halloween Be Celebrated On A Saturday?

Parents are talking about it and a state legislator in Connecticut has proposed making that change.

A Connecticut lawmaker has proposed moving Halloween to the last Saturday of October, according to a story in the Hartford Courant on Tuesday.

"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," Conn. State Rep. Tim Larson said in a written statement.

The idea has been gaining popularity in some neighborhoods, according to East Greenwich resident Tim Foster.

“I live in a neighborhood where parents have been kicking around the idea - almost to the point where they were going to send out fliers asking fellow neighbors to celebrate it on Saturday,” he wrote in an email.

Is this the talk of your neighborhood? Or is October 31 a sacred (so to speak) date?

Vote in the poll and tell us what you think of the idea.

EG Mom October 26, 2011 at 11:37 PM
My 9 year old boys think this is an "awesome" idea!
Cheryl Butler October 27, 2011 at 12:11 AM
I'm all FOR IT!!!!!
Stephen Greenwell (Editor) October 27, 2011 at 01:29 AM
As a 27-year-old with no kids to cart around, I kind of like that Halloween is on a random day of the week. It gives me an excuse to go out on a Monday, for an example from this year. However, I can definitely see the other side of the issue, and how difficult it must be for parents to trick-or-treat on a weeknight.
NKMom October 27, 2011 at 01:39 AM
I like Halloween being Halloween...I can only imagine the hi-jinx that would be planned if some teenagers/adults knew that Halloween was celebrated on a Saturday every year. I lived in a place where Halloween was celebrated on the last Sunday from 2-5...that was completely anti-climatic...trick or treating in broad daylight...not memory making...at all.
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) October 27, 2011 at 01:54 AM
I agree with you. Let's leave room for a bit of randomness in life. And, trick-or-treating in daylight? Boo hoo.
Haavey October 27, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Really, kids are usually back home by 8:00 p.m. This is a ridiculous idea.
Kristin Wheeler October 27, 2011 at 02:16 AM
I can see both sides, but it would be nice to have it on NOT a school night with homework. It's always been the 31st though, so a tough one!!!
Erin B. October 27, 2011 at 02:34 AM
It's on the 31st for a reason, despite the fact that many people do not celebrate it as a religious holiday. Why not consider moving Christmas or even Valentine's Day in the same vein if we're to move Halloween? Halloween is my favorite holiday specifically because it encourages a dramatic departure from the norm for a positive, community-oriented purpose. While I certainly sympathize with parents, changing it would absolutely take away from the fun of the holiday.
Lauren Costa (Editor) October 27, 2011 at 03:13 AM
I agree with everyone who disagrees. Halloween isn't just for candy and costumes, there's a symbolic reason why it's the 31st. I never see kids out trick-or-treating past nine anyways!
gladys_kravitz October 27, 2011 at 03:29 AM
That is ridiculous! Come on, people, can't you live in the moment even for a second? Why is everything in life so canned? Give me a break!
Kathy DiPina October 27, 2011 at 03:55 AM
Lauren and Gladys, I totally agree. It's a religious holiday and I'm really sick of ppl trying to white wash everything. As Gladys said, live in the moment! When my kids were little we really celebrated as we had a parent in our Waldorf school who was from Mexico. She showed us how it's really celebrated and it's quite fascinating. I say leave it as it is.
EG Lurker October 27, 2011 at 05:13 AM
Are you pro-Saturday people the same ones who give out toothbrushes and pennies? Because while we're at it, our fat kids are a huge weeknight inconvenience as well...
trudy1 October 27, 2011 at 07:00 AM
Next up, moving the 4th of July to say, the 6th of July.
Frank Murphy October 27, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Keep the government out of my religion. All Hallow's Eve (Halloween) is to be celebrated on the day before All Saint's Day. You can take your kid's trick or treating any day or time you want but Halloween is on October 31st. It does not matter what day of the week it happens to fall on.
Jason D October 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Leave it be. The government in this country has made it clear they want to seperate State and Church, so leave it the hell alone. Parents, stop being so soft and plan accordingly. If local businesses or a neighborhood wants to do it a different day so be it but for the government to get involed is absurd. My kids have school and dance class in the evening that day so we have a decision to make if we are going out or not. It isn't the end of the world if they miss halloween or dance.
Kate Levesque October 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Hey - while we're at it - why don't we just move it to summer vacation? The weather is warmer so not coats over all those cute costumes, it's stays light later so no risk of drivers not seeing you in the dark, and kids are off school so no early mornings to mess up their delicate little schedules. SERIOUSLY!!!???? Leave it ALONE!!!
Jill Stange October 27, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Your 27, with no kids. You don't need and excuse; you can go out every night if you wish. LOL
Jill Stange October 27, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Last year my third-grade daughter had a huge presentation to give on November 1. That took the fun out of a school-night trick or treat. How about giving the kids a delayed start the following day... or, at least no homework!
Patrick Luce (Editor) October 27, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Halloween is Oct. 31... 'nuff said. The kids can handle being up a little late on one school night.
Judy October 27, 2011 at 04:56 PM
I agree with you Patrick, Halloween needs to stay on Oct.31. Even if it were moved kids will still want to do something on Oct. 31st anyway. Besides that is when the Great Pumpkin shows up in the pumpkin patch.. I heard that Valentines day is now on a Saturday night too!! Happy Halloween!!
JavaJen October 27, 2011 at 06:18 PM
If we move it to Saturday, we're bound to get other trick-or-treaters on the 31st who didn't get the memo. I agree, leave it be.
Sophia Philo October 28, 2011 at 03:13 AM
Halloween has deep roots not only in religion and in other cultures but also as an event that is exciting precisely because you are out after dark on what is sometimes a school night. That is part of its appeal- it enlivens the drudgery of mid-fall darkness. It is silly to shape everything around a suburban notion of child-centered family schedules. Let it be- and I say this as a member of a two working parent two kid family!
Donna D. October 28, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Halloween has always been on a random day of the week. While it would be convenient to have it on a weekend, it would take the fun out of the night! As a kid, I remember how exciting school was the day of and after Halloween.
Jill Stange October 28, 2011 at 03:26 PM
This year there is no school on Nov. 2 for parent/teacher conferences. Maybe they should be the same day every year on Nov. 1. That way the kids (and adults) can really have a happy Halloween.
Jill Stange October 28, 2011 at 07:48 PM
We could all just buy our own kids a bag of candy and be done with it so they don't have to do all the trick or treating... that way they can still have soccer practice :).
Connie Zack October 28, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Jill, that's a really good idea!

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