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Connecticut State Lawmaker Wants to Change the Date of Halloween

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Connecticut State Representative Tim Larson has proposed that the state change the date of Halloween so it always falls on a weekend.

Much like the federal government’s determination that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, Rep. Larson, a Democrat, believes Halloween should always fall on the last Saturday of October.

Larson believes keeping Halloween on a weekend will save time for busy working parents, make trick-or-treating safer for children and boost the state’s economy.

“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,” said Larson when outlining his proposal.

According to his office, Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy does not support the idea. His press secretary, Juliet Manalan, said in an email, “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.”

Other state lawmakers agree that moving Halloween will not solve the state’s job or budget issues, even though, according to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend about $7 billion annually on Halloween-related merchandise.

Larson did acknowledge that changing the date of Halloween is not the most pressing issue before the state legislature, but that it’s still an important consideration. “Clearly this is not the highest priority,” he said. “But it does present an opportunity to make a safer, more enjoyable holiday. Everyone looks forward to Halloween a little more when it falls on the weekend.”


[Hartford Courant]

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