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Halloween Making a Permanent Move to Saturdays?

As much as I love Halloween, I’m dreading it a bit this year. Halloween falls on a Monday which means that we (and this is a collective, nationwide we) have a very limited amount of time from when the kids get off the bus from school and go to bed to squeeze in a lot of celebrating as well as our day-to-day things  – costume wrangling, instrument practicing, trick-or-treating, homework, eating dinner (sorry, even on Halloween the kids have to eat something hot and nutritious).

A Connecticut lawmaker, State Representative Tim Larson, feels our pain. He is proposing a bill that would permanently designate the last Saturday in October as the scariest day of the year. His reasoning is that moving the holiday to the weekend, would make the day safer, less harried and more fun.

“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 statement.

He’s meeting with some adversity, most notably Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy, whose spokesperson told The Hartford Courant, “The Governor is worried about confusing the ghosts, goblins, and witches – so he thinks leaving Halloween on Oct. 31st is the right thing to do. No disrespect intended toward Rep. Larson, of course.”

I think it’s a great idea, although my husband points out that if Halloween was permanently on a Saturday, the opportunity for little and not-so-little goblins to make mischief will be extended. In any case, we don’t live in Connecticut, so it’s a moot point for us for now. Still, I’m hopeful that is an idea that will catch fire.

What do you think? Would you welcome a weekend Halloween celebration?