Move Halloween? There are good reasons to do so
Oct. 31 has long been the favorite date of candy-lovers.
Holidays like Labor Day and Memorial Day are celebrated on a specific day — they always fall on a Monday. Halloween, though, is always the 31st.
On Halloween, children in costumes flood the streets with parents trailing behind them, snapping photos and taking videos to document the special evening.
Most aspects of Halloween don't change — kids end up with tons of candy, moms and dads get their 10,000 steps in, and babies in pumpkin costumes always bring smiles.
The one thing that varies: the day of the week on which the holiday falls.
Since Halloween is always on the 31st, the day of the week changes every year. This year, the holiday is on Thursday — a not-so-convenient day for many. Since students will have school the next day and parents will have to work, no one wants to stay up late.
Recently, there has been talk of moving Halloween to the last Saturday of October. The argument is that Saturday would be more convenient and make the holiday safer.
I would have to agree.
I understand that the 31st has long been the tradition; everyone knows the day, and it has name recognition. However, just because something has been a certain way for a long time doesn't mean that it should stay that way.
The pros outweigh the cons for moving the holiday. A weekend is more convenient for both parents and children since there wouldn't be work or school the next day.
A weekend also would be safer for trick-or-treaters. When Halloween is on a weekend, parents will have more of an opportunity to be with their children while they trick-or-treat.
If parents work nights, they definitely won't be able to spend their evening with the kids —this would leave the kids alone, and therefore put them at risk for injury.
Community involvement likely would increase on a weekend as well. More people may be interested in handing out candy to trick-or-treaters when they haven't just gotten home from a long day of work. Having to get up for work in the morning is never fun, but when kids are ringing your doorbell non-stop until the late hours of the night, getting a good night's sleep is nearly impossible.
A Saturday could bolster the number of people that partake in traditions such as handing out candy. Getting more people involved would make the night more fun and enjoyable for everyone. You can meet more people, those who normally would miss out on the evening could enjoy a new experience, and, most importantly, more people would see babies in pumpkin costumes.
I'm a pretty big fan of babies in pumpkin costumes if you couldn't tell.
Halloween is a holiday that everyone should be able to enjoy. The variability of the day of the week doesn't make the holiday both safe and accessible, though — two very important things.
Changing the date of Halloween probably will never happen. While thousands signed a petition last year to switch the date, it would require a lot more to make it actually take place.
It is thought-provoking though. Is the tradition of the 31st more powerful than the convenience of a weekend? Who knows.
One thing I do know: Babies in pumpkin costumes make having Halloween on a weeknight more bearable.
Alyson Johnston is a senior at Wilsonville High School.
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