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Move Halloween?

Back in 1999, we ran an article in the Farmers’ Almanac suggesting that we move Halloween, or more accurately speaking — trick-or-treating — to the last Saturday of October, rather than October 31st.

Last year Halloween (October 31) fell on a Saturday. Do you remember how nice it was not to have to wake the kids up after a night of fun and candy to go to school?

In the article, we pointed out that trick-or-treating is more of a tradition and not a holiday of any legal type. In some areas around the country, Halloween is moved to more convenient days rather than the very last day of October, so why not make this change in more areas across the country?

Why Move Halloween?
Saturday is more convenient especially for working parents. No need to leave work early or rush home and quickly feed the kids dinner before going trick or treating. And for younger children, there would be no concern about missing school-night bed times, or fear of sending kids to school the next day still on a sugar high.

Less traffic.

Saturday is not a commuting night for most so work-related traffic would be less and by having it on a Saturday more parents could accompany their children.

What do you think? Should Halloween, or trick-or-treating, stay on October 31st or move to the last Saturday of the month? Share your thoughts here.

16 comments

1 Melissa Risban { 10.24.11 at 1:47 pm }

We observe on the Thursday before. Get the kids home from school, hurry and feed them, hurry and dress them, run around the neighborhood, then hurry and get them bathed…good luck getting them to bed on time because they’re hyper from the sugar as well as all of the rushing around, then school the next morning…yeah, a Saturday afternoon or evening would be GREAT!!!!

2 mremmert@mac.com { 11.01.10 at 9:11 am }

Leave the holiday of Halloween on the 31st. But let the kids trick-or-treat on the last Saturday of the month.

3 A Nuffer { 11.01.10 at 5:07 am }

halloween should be moved to a Saturday night. Do you have small children Leslie? I am a grandmother and spend Halloween passing out candy so my grandchildren can go trick or treating with their parents. Last year with Halloween falling on a Saturday the parents were so much more relaxed and I did not have to feel hurried because it wasn’t a work night or a school night.
Halloween is not a “hallowed” holiday….move it to Saturday and give the kids and the parents a break. The consuming of all that candy makes kids hyper and parents more hyper. It makes sense to make this night more user friendly.

4 matt m { 10.31.10 at 12:57 am }

i can see how it would be better on saturday but for as long as i can rember it has always been on the 31′st. i think at the most it might upset the wikkens and all that practice witchcraft and worship evil but its knot like its going to stop them from doing what they do on the 31′st any way. im knot one to break tradition but if it makes trick or treating safer for the kids and more fun for them and they have even more fun at church the next day how can you go wrong its a win win all togather and they can still take theyer candy to school on monday and trade and eat it. …matt m

5 Randy { 10.30.10 at 12:46 pm }

I could go either way on this subject. Having Halloween always on a Saturday would be great for the kids, so they wouldn’t have to go to school, and for anyone who wants to have a Halloween party. On the other hand, it’s a historic tradition to celebrate Halloween on Oct 31, like we always have done. Changing the date of Halloween would seem akward for some of us. I don’t know.

6 Suzanne { 10.29.10 at 7:08 am }

That would be good to have Halloween always on the last Saturday in October. The kids would love it, not having to go to school that day. My kids are older now, so they don’t trick-or-treat, but someday my grandchildren will be trick-or-treating.

7 Donna { 10.28.10 at 5:05 pm }

Halloween should remain on the orginal date. “Trick or treating” begins around 6pm and ends at 8pm in my neighborhood (by then most everyone is out of candy). This shouldn’t cause the kiddos to be up later than usual on a school night. Besides it should be limited to ages of toddlers to pre-teens. When the kids are bigger than me – I don’t answer the door!!

8 Terrence { 10.28.10 at 2:09 pm }

I think that would make sense to celebrate Halloween on the last Saturday in October, anywhere between the 25th to the 31st. I think it would be an advantage to the children, not having to go to school that day, having more time to trick-or-treat, and they’ll get a day of rest the next day. Now we change the clocks back in November, so it gets dark a little later the last week in October than it used to. It’s also fun for anyone who wants to have a Halloween party.

9 Isabella { 10.28.10 at 1:49 pm }

I meant to say, have Halloween on the last Saturday in October.

10 Isabella { 10.28.10 at 1:46 pm }

I say yes, Halloween should always be on a Saturday, for all the reasons listed in the article. Now that we change the clocks back after Halloween, it gets dark later than it used to. The kids can stay out a little later, & they can sleep in the next morning. Saturday is the best day to celebrate Halloween.

11 haleymonley { 10.28.10 at 12:04 pm }

I’m going to have to agree with the previous comments that advocate leaving Halloween celebrations on the 31st. Not only does Halloween fall on October 31st for cultural/spiritual reasons, but Saturday is not necessarily the best day of the week for all people. I worked in hospitality for a long time, and Saturday was always one of the hardest nights to have off. I can see how it might be inconvenient to send kids to school the next day, but when I was growing up, it was actually kind of fun to sneak all your candy into class and swap with your friends.

I hope everyone has a fun Halloween despite it not falling on Saturday. Maybe the residual sugar rush will help us ease into Monday a little better!

12 Rhonda { 10.27.10 at 6:33 pm }

All Hallows Eve or Halloween is on the 31rst because Nov 1 is the Day of the Dead which is celebrated throughout different cultures and countries..so to change the day of Halloween would be odd.. as convenient as it really would be .. it would lose its true meaning to move it..

13 deborah { 10.27.10 at 1:15 pm }

i agree with leslie its a pagan holiday and robert it is a specific event look up halloween in wikipedia it will tell you all about the holiday and as for it being on saturday i work on saturday as does many people when my son was little i make it a point to be with him on halloween

14 Robert Wakefield { 10.27.10 at 10:26 am }

Yes, moving this Holiday to the last Saturday of October would make sense. This Holiday does not mark a specific event, so why not, I know most people would enjoy having a nighttime event on a weekend!

15 Shaloy Martin { 10.27.10 at 10:25 am }

Would be better for all involved! Plus it free’s up the parents for activities at the church on Sunday nights that are planned for the kids! At our church we have the Fall Festival on Sunday night with games and treats for the kids..

16 Leslie { 10.27.10 at 10:22 am }

I know to most people Halloween is just about trick-or-treating, but to some of us, it’s a pagan holiday. I wouldn’t ask you to move Christmas (also a pagan holiday) because it being on a weekday inconveniences me, so why should we move Halloween? It’s one night a year…how difficult is it to take off work a little early to get your children ready?

Plus, I live in a college town. We almost always have home football games on the Saturday around Halloween. Not a good idea to have the kids out running around in game traffic, is it?

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