Changing the Day of Halloween: A Trick or a Treat? [POLL][UPDATE]

State Representative Tim Larson, D-11, wants to designate the last Saturday in October as Halloween in Connecticut.

Young'uns may lament having to go to school the day of and the day after Halloween and parents sometimes stress about getting children in costume and trick-or-treating on a school night.

But is that enough to alter tradition?

State Representative Tim Larson, D-11, of East Hartford, South Windsor, wants to designate the last Saturday in October as Halloween in Connecticut, similar to the governor’s annual proclamation of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.

Larson said the change is good for children, families and the economy.

"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 Monday, Oct. 24, press release. "Halloween has also become one of the top holidays for retailers selling candy, decorations, costumes and general party supplies. Jobs are created by this holiday, so let’s make it a little more fun and safe for everyone and create some jobs too."

Larson said he has talked with parents of young children that say weeknight trick or treating, such as Monday this year, presents a variety of problems for candy-stuffed children who have to get up early for school and limits the ability of everyone to enjoy celebrating.

Saturday makes it easier for kid-friendly daytime events and taking younger children trick-or-treating before it gets dark, he said.

State Sen. Rob Kane, R-32, weighed in on Larson's proposal via an e-mailed statement.

"While well-intentioned, this proposal symbolizes what's wrong with Connecticut government," said State Sen. Rob Kane, a small business owner and lead Republican on the legislature's Appropriations Committee.. "Less government is the answer to our fiscal problems. You want to create jobs in Connecticut? Start by getting government out of the private sector's way. Start by lowering taxes and regulations. More laws like these will continue to take Connecticut in the wrong direction."

With Halloween only a week away, Larson said he does not expect his Saturday proposal to come up during the upcoming special session of the legislature.

According to Gov. Dannel Malloy's press secretary Juliet Manalan, Halloween will stay on October 31.

Larson is hopeful the 2012 General Assembly will consider the idea.

"This would be good for the economy and make Halloween a more family-friendly event every year," he said. "Everyone looks forward to Halloween a little more when it falls on the weekend."


Robert Butler October 24, 2011 at 07:32 PM
I honestly think there are more important issues for Hartford to be dealing with.....
Paul Singley October 24, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Hah. Bob: I knew someone was going to say that.
Janis Hardy October 24, 2011 at 09:24 PM
No, Bob! They come up with lame-brained ideas like this so they can avoid having to deal with the really important matters! If this ever came up before the legislature, you can bet I will be looking to fire my local representatives should they even consider such a thing!
Peggy Freeman October 25, 2011 at 10:56 AM
Okay Really? Is this the most important thing that our representatives are working on - How this even hit the agenda is beyond me. Scary.
Suzy S October 25, 2011 at 11:34 AM
Hello? Halloween IS Oct 31. Trick or Treating can be any day the towns designate. Many towns already change the day for trick or treating, and have control over the time frame. There is no reason for the state to get involved in this. It is a ridiculous waste of state human resources.
no agenda October 25, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Thanks for wasteing OUR time given to you to represent the people of Ct. Tim! Maybe theres more to it, does Dan'l want to tax the kids candy?
Mary Beth Nelsen October 25, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Yeesh. I agree our legislators should focus on important things. Or maybe we could just mash Halloween together with a Friday Thanksgiving and call it Autumn Holiday Weekend.
Will Wilkin October 25, 2011 at 01:25 PM
If he's going to change All-Hallow's Eve, I guess he's really trying to tell us when All Saints' Day will be next...I'm sure the church will change its 1300-year tradition for him. Maybe Mr Larson could also reform the laws of gravity while he's at it, to ease our dependence on fossil fuels and oil imports.
citizen October 25, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Halloween (hallowed eve) is the evening before all souls (all Saints) day, which is November 1st. I'm glad there is nothing for Tim to work on in Hartford other than changing a 500+ year old tradition.
brutus October 25, 2011 at 02:23 PM
I agree with all he posters on here that this is a bad idea. Halloween is all saint's day eve, so how can it be changed? might as well change the 4th of July too since it would be much better to always have it on a weekend. but I really hate it when people's only argument is "aren't there more important things to do?" well, of course there are, but it doesn't mean you don't dedicate ANY time to less important things.
Hank October 25, 2011 at 02:31 PM
...... how are we doing on picking the Connecticut Official State Polka........is the bullet train from New Haven to Springfield still on the agenda .....how about the magic bus from New britain to Hartford, 15 miles 11 stops in 15 min....Your connecticut legislature avoiding the difficult work that must be done
Robert Butler October 25, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Frank, I was trying to be diplomatic since of the multitude of problems facing the residents of CT what may be important to you and your family may not be to someone else. My true feelings on this subject are that most of the job creation cited by Larson is not here in CT as most of the candy, costumes and party supplies are not made here in CT. I would be more sympathetic if Hershey's was still in Naugatuck, but they are not and Fascia's and Munson's really don't make candy conducive to give out to trick or treaters. Legislation of the less important things is why there are so many laws on the books driving up the cost of everything. OK, time to get off my soapbox....
Dorothy Peebles-Pelley October 25, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Just a thought As the Pastor of a local church I am aware that Halloween is the eve of all hallows day a Holy Day and Halloween is part of that religious tradition - Government should keep out of religious holidays next they will want to make Christmas the last sat, in Dec.so we can have more parties and shop at the mall or Easter the first Sat. in April for better egg roll and bunny parties. Let's keep what is our religious traditions out of the politician's hands. Celebrate these holy days or holidays any day you like but leave our church traditions alone.
Linda Ramos October 26, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Are you kidding with all the people without medical insurance they are worried about moving Halloween, you must be kidding , now I know we do have "idiots" in the government. Halloween is on October 31st, get to the business of the day, the issues that need attention. You are the Trick and not the Treat!!!!! and by the way it's my Birthday so you better leave it on the day it comes, or I'll soap your windows!!!!
SILENT WOLF October 27, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Having Holloween on the last Saturday of the month can be more fun for the kids,but I wonder on the other hand does it create another problem . Would there be more drunk drivers on the road posing another danger.We just can't win can we ?
Heather October 27, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Halloween should remain on its designated date, October 31st. As a mom of young ones, it should at the towns discretions if they choose to have a safer day/time for kids to trick-or-treat. it is hard to get the kids ready and then get them to bed at the end of the evening, but we have been doing this for years. I would say I am open to a safer time, but to move the holiday all together, definitely not!
SILENT WOLF October 27, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Bottom line , I don't think anyone's out there puroposely trying to change the date of Holloween. Like most I think it would be nice to keep on the 31st. but trick or treat on the last Saturday of October.. No different than Thanksgiving being on the last Thursday of every November , and that date changes . It would still be marked Holloween on the 31st. of October.Some of the other holidays give shcools the day off not partically on the real day, Is it worth discussion ?, most definitely!.


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