Should Minnesota Move Halloween to Last Saturday in October?
There's a national movement underway to move the official date we celebrate Halloween each fall, but should Minnesota join the movement?
Halloween has been celebrated for a looonnnggg time now on the last day of October, the 31st, which is the day before All Saints Day on November 1st. And how did dressing up in costumes become a thing on Halloween? Well, this Newsweek story says it's a custom that dates back several thousand years, to Celtic times.
"Historically, people dressed up as creatures and spooks to scare off any ghosts trying to harm them. Halloween got its first start as a way to celebrate the end of summer, which led into the winter months that typically took the lives of many citizens," the story noted.
But more recently, there's been a push to get Halloween moved to the last Saturday in October, no matter what actual date that might be. (It would be October 26th this year, for instance; while October 31st actually IS the last Saturday of the month in 2020.)
In fact, Newsweek says, there's an official Change.org online petition collecting signatures to officially move Halloween. The thinking is, the story says, is that having Halloween on a Saturday would make it safer-- and easier-- to celebrate.
"First, it would allow Halloween festivities to take place all day long, which would keep families and children roaming the streets a little safer, come claim. Another reason says when children are forced to celebrate on a school night, it's difficult for parents to get their children to bed at a normal hour. By changing the day to a Saturday, some say, these issues would be irrelevant," Newsweek notes.
The official petition has already nearly 100,000 signatures on it! I'd be OK with moving the 'official' designation of Halloween to that Saturday. It seems like most adults celebrate Halloween then anyway, and though we don't have kids, having Trick-or-Treat hours on a Saturday sure seems easier than when it's during the week.
Whether or not it will be officially addressed by either the President or Congress remains to be seen. But what do YOU think... should Minnesota move Halloween to the last Saturday in October?