Connecticut Lawmaker Wants to Change Date of Halloween

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – This year’s Halloween falls on a Monday, but one Connecticut legislator would prefer the state to recognize the holiday on a weekend, even if it means not celebrating on the 31st.

A recent proposal by Conn. State Rep. Tim Larson pitched the idea of celebrating Halloween on the last weekend of October rather than the holiday’s traditional Oct. 31 date. Larson (D-East Hartford, South Windsor) came up with the idea after talking with parents of young children, who usually find themselves either having their night of trick-or-treating cut short if Halloween falls on a school night.

“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. “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.”

Of course, some remain skeptical about Larson’s proposal to alter the scariest day of the year for Connecticut children. Among those is Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

“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,” Juliet Manalan, press secretary for Gov. Malloy, said in an email to FOX CT. “No disrespect intended toward Rep. Larson, of course.”

Regardless of whether it comes to fruition for next year, Larson hopes a potential move to the last weekend in October, what he compares to Thanksgiving being declared a holiday on the fourth Thursday in November, will help bring about increased spending in the local economy and more good times all around.

“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.”

The next time Halloween is to fall on a weekend night will be in 2014. Until then, the weekdays will have to do.

Comments

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  1. wiserbud says:

    A Democrat is pushing yet another unwanted and unneeded intrusion into our private lives?

    Inconceivable!!!

    1. Doug says:

      In no way can this be conceived as an intrusion in your life. Think critically for yourself for once, and try not to view everything in a political mindset. You’ll be much happier!

      1. Bob says:

        OK, it’s a typical Democrat trying to legislate away a problem that doesn’t exist. If parents are having an issue with taking kids out for an hour on Halloween, then don’t do it. It is an intrusion, mostly of stupidity.

      2. ZudZ says:

        To people who celebrate Halloween for it’s true meaning of All Hallows Eve, it certainly IS an intrusion. A religious one, at that. This nosy politician needs to back off. You are the one who needs to think critically. Not everyone “trick or treats” on Halloween. Move your stupid “trick or treat” night to the weekend, but leave our celebration be!!!!!

      3. mayor says:

        sorry it is an intrusion and a dumb one at that with all the people out of work and all the budget issues this is the most pressing thing this pinhead can come up with

      4. wiserbud says:

        For Rep.Larson to get what he wants, the state needs to recognize Halloween as a holiday.

        Once that happens, how long before the state employees get another day off in honor oft his holiday? ON a weekday, of course, as we wouldn’t want the poor dears to miss out on getting a day off for a holiday that falls on a weekend.

        Think critically for once, Doug. No politician does anything unless it gets them just a little more power over your life or helps out their friends. And something like this gets Rep. Larson both.

    2. mewp says:

      He propbably does not know why Halloween came about. Obviously not a Christian.

      1. ZudZ says:

        Exactly.

    3. John Steele says:

      Dude, Yuir Spot On… Another frickin Marxist/ Democrat monkeying with American Culture

  2. jason says:

    this is the mind of a complete loser. parents who have only this to be concerned with do not deserve to vote. cut your own head off for this years Halloween costume.

    1. Doug says:

      Ironic comment is ironic.

  3. Mike says:

    While we’re at it, lets change Chistmas and The 4th of July as well.

    I’m sure having these holidays on weekends only would make them safer and more productive.

  4. BigBoa says:

    There IS a REASON why Halloween is on Oct 31. What next? Change Christmas?

    Here’s a thought. Keep pushing “tax day” a month later until it reaches December,,,,then abolish it…. AH HAHAhA!!

    These marxists aren’t happy unless they have control over every single aspect in our lives……

    1. Frank says:

      Now that’s a plan I can support.

    2. Imus says:

      What’s this “Christmas” thing of which you speak? I thought we’d already successfully legislated this down to “Winter Holiday.”

    3. Elm says:

      Hallow=holy
      Halloween= the day before All Hallows Day.

      It will have to be renamed to Candy Day or some such.

    4. Lazybum says:

      Tax day should be the first Wednesday in November,

  5. joe says:

    Will he move the 4th of July and Christmas next?
    PS Doug, shouldn’t you be at the Occupy Wall Street protest with all the other useful idiots?

  6. aquint says:

    Wouldn’t 2015 be the next time?

    2012 – Tuesday
    2013 – Wednesday
    2014 – Thursday
    2015 – Friday

    1. Frank says:

      No, because 2012 is a leap year

      1. aquint says:

        Ah, thank you!

    2. ZudZ says:

      2014. Don’t forget that 2012 is a leap year. No need to change the date of All Hallows Eve. Change the stupid “trick or treat” night if you want. We don’t participate in that.

  7. watermelisha says:

    Liberals know what’s best for us all, and they want to make damn sure we obey. They however see themselves as being smart enough to be given waivers.

  8. Nicholas says:

    This is absurd, Halloween is the celebration of All Hallows Eve, it is a religious celebration and has been since the 800’s, that it has been secularized is no excuse for this kind of blatant disregard for the religious roots of this celebration. Jesus help us.

    1. Hazmat77 says:

      Jesus didn’t authorize this pagan celebration. If the elected public officials of the State of Connecticut has no other pressing matters to concern themselves with, then by all means change the day of celebration.

      1. Hazmat77 says:

        2nd line:- “has” should have been “have”!

      2. ZudZ says:

        I don’t care if it is Flying Spaghetti Monster Day. The government needs to stop constantly meddling with everything. The same with Daylight Savings time. STOP IT!

      3. Elm says:

        John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
        John 11:42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

      4. wiserbud says:

        If the elected public officials of the State of Connecticut has no other pressing matters to concern themselves with, then by all means let’s remove them from office and eliminate their positions, as we obviously have no need for them.

  9. TJG says:

    Between Fast & Furious, Solyndra and Bank of America dumping trillions of bad debt onto the taxpayers, isn’t it great to know that this clown is working on the big concerns of the day?

  10. Let him go ahead and pass his idiotic law. All the little kiddies with their moms in tow will be sure to follow the dictates of the state, as usual.

    Halloween is not about the little snot noses, though, but they of course get all the press. Those of us who understand that will of course pay no attention to this imbecile of a legislator and go on our demonic way.

  11. FreedomScribe says:

    yeah, good idea, doofus democrat…guaranteed longer trick or treating hours, more street crime, more alcoholic Halloween parties, more DUI’s, more pedophile predators on the loose, more candy, more rotting teeth = Obamanite stimulusplan. Idiot.

    1. mayor says:

      maybe in the crackhouse hood you live in. guess you dems are dbags

  12. Truth Detector says:

    I recommend the third Monday of January.

    Google it.

    1. CK says:

      “Google it.”

      Why?

      1. ZudZ says:

        Martin Luther King, Junior Day, I believe. I don’t blame you for not knowing that. I wish I could forget it, too.

  13. jenniferfoucher@gmail.com says:

    Talk about interference. Typically the night for Trick or Treating is up to the neighborhood HOA or other committees. Some decide to host it on the Friday or Saturday leading up or before the 31st and other neighborhoods always have it on the 31st. Leave it up to the locals to decide. Also, why on earth does a Representative have time to think about this issue?

    1. Hazmat77 says:

      He was just relaxing, waiting for his gummint check to hi his bank account, so he decided to propose legislation of the utmost importance.

  14. deacon says:

    tiim, go take your meds….you are a jerk beyond belief

  15. lucy says:

    I am a woman and I am so ashamed and sick to death of hearing how ‘women’ ‘mom’s’ just can’t get home in time to do a damn thing….

    Buck up….and have some discipline.

  16. jo says:

    I think the Superbowl should be played on a Saturday Night! We will all work better come Monday!

    1. DHams says:

      I posted the same thing then saw this I’ve been saying it for years!!

  17. Dennis in WV says:

    Next some Democrat is gonna make us buy small eggs instead of the messier extra large ones that are way easier to throw.

  18. Odins Acolyte says:

    Idiot.
    By the way; noon is when the sun is at its zenith too.

  19. van says:

    I’m a conservative and even I can recognize that this probably makes more sense. It’s essentially a secular holiday, unlike Christmas or Easter. I don’t understand why people are moaning as if this is the worst or stupidest idea in the world just because it came from a Democrat. C’mon now… aren’t we all happier that most Federal holidays are observed on Mondays (giving us a 3-day weekend).

    If it’s a bad idea then so be it… it makes conservatives seem wacky when they make irrational statements like somehow linking this idea to socialism. Save that for serious threats, not benign and reasonable (even if they’re wrong) ideas.

    1. Joan says:

      It is worse than socialism, it’s totalitarianism. This is a CULTURAL, and for some A RELIGIOUS event, based on the fact that All Saints Day is NOVEMBER FIRST! If THE PEOPLE want to celebrate on the 31 as they have for centuries, it is completely inappropriate, out of line, unsuitable and possibly unconstitutional for any govt body to change it.

    2. ZudZ says:

      Yeah. You’re a conservative who thinks more government intervention is a good idea. Liar. You’re as much of a conservative as Olympia Snow. In other words, not one at all.

      1. Van says:

        Zudz, I found this link on Drudge, which pretty much makes me a conservative. I’m also a conservative who thinks the government should intervene to prevent the willful termination of the unborn. Unless you’re to the right of Ron Paul, everyone has areas where they think it would be rightful for the government to intervene. This is a fairly benign issue and I think bringing up words like “socialism” and “totalitarianism” that stir up images of Stalin, Mao, and Hitler are inappropriate and make conservatives seem over-the-top and unreasonable. Besides, the Federalist in me feels like Connecticut should be allowed to change Halloween if it wants (as long as it doesn’t run afoul of the Constitution).

        Joan, any action by the government can be labeled and increase in totalitarianism. That’s why it’s important to distinguish between the reasonable and unreasonable. This idea likely stemmed from people who noticed that school is more disruptive the day after Halloween (sometimes the rest of the week is more disruptive in general). This may be a cultural event, but there’s no reason it couldn’t be changed (like MLK Jr or Columbus Day). I also don’t see how government intervention prevents YOU PERSONALLY from celebrating All Saints Day on Nov 1 or Hallows Eve on Oct 31. I think that you’d have to concede that most people don’t go trick-or-treating or get drunk out of religious observation.

      2. glenp says:

        and you think GAY MARRIAGE is ok teaching LGBT courses is needed to be mandated by GOVT and everyone needs a GOVT SAFETY NET

        you’re a LEFT LEANING STATIST that has no clue what freedom is. Just like that traitor GOP MASS senator what’s his name

      3. Van says:

        glenp, I never said anything about gay marriage, but while we’re throwing baseless charges each other, let me ask you why do you like murdering babies and worshiping a holiday that glorifies witchcraft and satanism? (we can both play this game of charging each other of being evil. Quit being such an idiot.)

        You’re clearly a moron who can’t get out “political attack mode” and you either couldn’t read or couldn’t comprehend the arguments I was making. Thanks for ruining conservatism for the rest of us. Say whatever else you want. I’m done addressing you.

  20. Jerky Miester says:

    I’m as conservative as they come and no, I don’t want government intrustion into our lives but I have to admit that this is a great idea! It would be like Thanksgiving know that it always comes on the last Thursday of the month. I have no problems with Halloween coming on the last Saturday of the month. It will save all of us from nightmare traffic and school schedules and allow more people to participate which helps local economies.

    1. ZudZ says:

      If you are a conservative, why would you want to impose your government’s will upon a religious holiday? Another liar. You are definitely not a conservative.

  21. DHams says:

    If Congress wants to do anything that makes sense, change the freakin’ Super Bowl to a Saturday!

    1. ZudZ says:

      No. Better yet, make the Monday AFTER theSuperbowl a national holiday. Over 50% of the workforce calls in sick, anyway.

  22. Mike says:

    Stupid idea, but I’m sure some kids living near the CT border are contemplating some double dipping in a neighbor state.

  23. glenp says:

    same typical buttcheese politicians having grand ideas that would save us from ourselves tell this guy to stfu

    1. Shanikaque says:

      Nicely put.

  24. "That Guy" says:

    Great, the one important pagan day that managed to survive the last 2000 years without getting a makeover into a “christian” holiday, and now someone want to change the day of it for commercial reasons…

    1. Mallen says:

      Do you worship witches too? Are you one of those year-round Gothic vampire fans?

  25. Concerned Citizen says:

    I think this is a great idea, whats so special about the 31st. The majority of people who do indeed walk around for candy are children who do indeed have school in the morning, why should they have to the festivities short because of it?

    1. ZudZ says:

      So walk around for candy on the weekend and leave the holiday alone. Why should the holiday be changed for candy walking if the date isn’t important to you anyway? Selfish narcissist.

    2. wiserbud says:

      How do you plan on enforcing this?

  26. Elinor says:

    My understanding is that Halloween or “Samhain” is a sacred day for Wiccans. I would think that legislators would not be eager to set a prececent by establishing what day a religion must celebrate its holidays.

    This sounds like something best left to individual communities or housing developments and be confined to what day “Trick or Treating” would occur rather than when individuals had to celebrate “Halloween”. When I was a kid in the South during the 60’s when Blue Laws were still in effect, our little town decided that when Halloween fell on a Sunday, Trick or Treating would be held on Saturday evening. I don’t remember it bothering us kids.

  27. Mallen says:

    Please make sure our secular Democrat children enjoy their pagan holiday. Maybe they can dance around a fertility pole next and worship Ba’al.

    1. ZudZ says:

      I am a conservative Christian and I see no need to change the date of an observed holiday. I just happened to have gotten married on Halloween. How am I supposed to remeber the date if you allow the bloated liberal government to proceed with this charade? Sounds to me like you don’t mind big government intrusion into our lives, as long as it doesn’t affect you. Not exactly a conservative attribute.

  28. Gerald R. says:

    I guess this legislator is bored and has nothing else better to do.

  29. lauderga says:

    Halloween has become all about trick-or-treat, giving out candy and such. That seems to be what’s behind this legislation. How bout establishing last Saturday of October as trick-or-treat night and leave the actual “Halloween” date alone? Having gone through 3 kids of trying to get home, get them fed, in their costume, then out to trick-or-treat while also preparing for the arrival of neighborhood kids at my door, that’s a huge pain and would have been great to have the trick-or-treaters stopping by Saturday evenings.

    1. ZudZ says:

      But that won’t make them feel powerful enough. No. They need to change the actual holiday. Then they know they have done something substantial.

      Most communities around the country already hold trick or treat on the weekend. This guy is just another big government weenie.

  30. LindaP says:

    A Christian nation such as American should not be celebrating this day period!! Why celebrate a day designated for the devil and his followers and bring yet more curses on our nation and the people of this nation? The Bible says do not call evil good and good evil. Christians especially should get a clue and not acknowledge this day in ANY way, including so-called alternative activities at your church, etc. This is STILL celebrating Halloween.

    1. OiyVey says:

      You’re celebrating All Saint’s Day, which occurs on November 1st. The ‘Eve’ of many christian holidays is when many services take place, at least that is the case for Eastern Orthodoxy.

      1. mayor says:

        no dumbo it’s Halloween nothing more a day to dress up and have some fun getting candy for the kids nothing more Who give a f(*& what it was for 4000 years ago when your ancestors the neanderthals where here

  31. OiyVey says:

    In MANY cities around the country, Trick-or-Treating is already moved to a more convenient date, however ‘All Hallowed Eve’ is technically a religious holiday (for those not in the know, the evening before a holiday is typically when services start, certainly for Eastern Orthodox). So, move the candy crawl, but keep the holiday. Done and done.

  32. SWDD says:

    For many years, municipalities have scheduled “Trick-or-Treating” on days other than the 31st for several reasons. One, to allow participation during times/days more conducive to a safer environment. Two, to afford the opportunity for parents to choose when and where is better suited to their situation. And three, to control the amount of people on the streets, and to better control trouble-makers.

    Obviously, this person is up for re-election and is trying to find a way to tie anything he can to the buzzword “jobs”-pure and simple. I guess that’s easier than finding anything substanitive to do to keep his job.

  33. Tom says:

    Wow, I guess I missed the fact that elected officials have fixed all our real problems that they have time to work on Halloween. Feel good laws like this are a waste of time.
    I can tell you from personal experience, it won’t work. They tried this some 40 years ago in my town when I was a kid and it was a disaster. No one knew what day to go out and we ended up with kids going to doors on two different days.
    I could be wrong but I think the taxes still needs some work.

  34. JAC says:

    In the area where I live, communities routinely schedule trick-or-treating for specific hours, and not always on October 31. But they only schedule t-o-t; they don’t try to reschedule the whole holiday.

    Since t-o-t isn’t actually related to holy day activities, there shouldn’t be a problem with rescheduling that part of it. Still, a law shouldn’t be necessary.

  35. Justin says:

    Holy cow.. you people are nuts. You take a simple suggestion and politicize it. It’s an idea. Like it or dont, but dont attack the man just for proposing an idea. Lord. I think its a good idea. Who wants to celebrate Halloween on a Monday? Is anyone talking about passing a law or are they just saying we agree to celebrate the holiday on the last Saturday.

    1. Elinor says:

      Rep. Larson is talking about actually bringing this up before the legislature.

      From the article:

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

      “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, but is hopeful the 2012 General Assembly will consider the idea.”

    2. mayor says:

      your nuts along with that socialist Larson who should be impeached from office…. Why not change your moms bday and all holidays …. your an idiot

    3. wiserbud says:

      How would you enforce this?

      And it is Larson who made it political, but suggesting this legislation in the first place.

      At what point will you say “Stop.” Justin? At what point has the government intruded too far into your life?

      When is enough going to be enough for you, Justin?

  36. Susie says:

    I’m against this proposal simply because I think there are far more important issues to be tackled by the legislature. I don’t want my tax dollars wasted on this. I went to the local GoodWill store on Sunday to get a shirt for a decoration and a coat. I have never seen a GoodWill store so packed! People need work, housing and food. Maybe some people have nothing more to whine about then how hard it is to take the kids out on a weekday Halloween but more and more people every day are losing their jobs and homes. I want ALL the legislators to do REAL work.

  37. glenp says:

    why doesn’t this clown just LEGISLATE AWAY POOR PEOPLE?

  38. mayor says:

    can he make xmass always fall on a Monday I would like that

  39. mayor says:

    can he make my bday always on a Saturday

  40. mayor says:

    How about MLK day alway on a Friday

  41. mayor says:

    Oh and all paydays MUST be paid on Fridays

  42. mayor says:

    All CT residents must do grocery shopping on Sunday’s

  43. mayor says:

    Larson is Ct’s biggest Jack A@@

  44. Joann says:

    Does’t the name Halloween stand for “All Hallo’s Eve”? Which means the night before all saints day? How ridiculous is it that a politician has the arogance to feel he has the right to change a holiday that has been celebrated for hundreds of years on the same day. Concentrate on the job that the people of CT hired you to do.. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. Don’t worry about whether or not people have to rush home from work to take their kids trick or treating. Worry whether they have a job at all!!

  45. Nicole says:

    Legislators need to stay away from what is essentially a religious holiday. It should not matter that the majority of people have secular celebrations – it is not a secular holiday and it is not the job of congress to mandate the day that we celebrate a religious holiday. If they want to change Veteran’s Day, Labor Day etc., while I wouldn’t necessarily want any of them to change, I can concede that they would it would be within their jurisdiction propose a change.

  46. Cecil F says:

    Forget about the “religious” aspects of Halloween. Think about it in terms of small children being out on dark streets in dark costumes. Now… do we want our kids out on the streets at the same time that most of the drunks and partiers are out driving on those same streets?
    It’s a blessing in disguise (pun intended) that Halloween seldom falls on Friday or Saturday nights. The first time a drunk runs over a costumed kid on the “last weekend in October”, Mr. Larson should be held responsible. Let Halloween fall on whatever night it falls on, and pray for the safety of our kids.

  47. Deborah says:

    Everyone keeps talking about it being a “religious” holiday. Halloween is no such thing, and if you say it is, you are only fooling yourselves. Halloween has been nothing but candy companies making it rich. Kids love going from house to house dressing up as their favorite characters and getting candy. And it doesnt matter who suggests this new law, whether it be a congress man, the president, or “Fred” next door, people are going to have something negative to say about it. Because unfortunatly, thats what this world has become, nothing but negative. I have to say this is a GREAT idea and I am ALL for it. I have been saying all along that I wish someone would change this holiday to the last Friday or Saturday of the month. There is nothing “religious” about this holiday at all. It may have started out years ago, but sorry folks, times have changed and this is holiday is now all about kids going out and trick or treating and having fun. PLEASE CHANGE HALLOWEEN TO THE LAST FRIDAY IN OCTOBER!!!

    1. Tod says:

      Right on Debora, I have been reading through these comments and can not believe these people. Religious holiday OMG… If it once was it is no more. If I could post a link to Charlie Browns Great Pumpkin then all these nuts can understand the real world (USA) Halloween. ITS ALL ABOUT THE KIDS. AND IT WILL ALWAYS BE ABOUT THE KIDS. SIMPLE AS THAT.

  48. kris says:

    Halloween is for kids!!! In this day and age kids have after school activities, sports and homework. All this leaves little time for Trick or Treating and makes for tired kids the next day (or longer) at school!!! Plus teachers don’t understand why they have tired kids and keep piling on the homework. I would love to celebrate on the weekend…..

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