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.
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.