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.

  • wiserbud

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


    • John Steele

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

    • mewp

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

      • ZudZ


    • Doug

      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!

      • mayor

        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

      • ZudZ

        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!!!!!

      • wiserbud

        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.

      • Bob

        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.

  • jason

    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.

    • Doug

      Ironic comment is ironic.

  • Mike

    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.

  • BigBoa

    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……

    • Lazybum

      Tax day should be the first Wednesday in November,

    • Elm

      Halloween= the day before All Hallows Day.

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

    • Imus

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

    • Frank

      Now that’s a plan I can support.

  • joe

    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?

  • aquint

    Wouldn’t 2015 be the next time?

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

    • ZudZ

      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.

    • Frank

      No, because 2012 is a leap year

      • aquint

        Ah, thank you!

  • watermelisha

    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.

  • Nicholas

    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.

    • Hazmat77

      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.

      • ZudZ

        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!

      • Elm

        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.

      • Hazmat77

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

      • wiserbud

        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.

  • TJG

    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?

  • thenamelessfool

    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.

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  • FreedomScribe

    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.

    • mayor

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

  • Truth Detector

    I recommend the third Monday of January.

    Google it.

    • CK

      “Google it.”


      • ZudZ

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


    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?

    • Hazmat77

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

  • deacon

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

  • lucy

    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.

  • jo

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

    • DHams

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

  • Dennis in WV

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

  • Odins Acolyte

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

  • van

    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.

    • Joan

      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.

    • ZudZ

      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.

      • Van

        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.

      • glenp

        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

      • Van

        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.

  • Jerky Miester

    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.

    • ZudZ

      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.

  • DHams

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

    • ZudZ

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

  • Mike

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

  • glenp

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

    • Shanikaque

      Nicely put.

  • "That Guy"

    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…

    • Mallen

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

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