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.


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