October 24, 2011
REP. LARSON WANTS LAST SAT. IN OCTOBER
DESIGNATED “HALLOWEEN” IN CONNECTICUT
Says change would be good for kids, families, economy
State Representative Tim Larson 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.
Halloween is not an official state or federal holiday, but the popular cultural tradition is annually recognized on October 31, though many costume parties and holiday-related events are often held on a more convenient previous weekend.
Larson said he has talked with parents of young children that say weeknight trick or treating, such as Monday this year, presents a variety of problems for candy-stuffed children who have to get up early for school and limits the ability of everyone to enjoy celebrating. He also noted that Saturday allows for kid-friendly daytime events and the youngest goblins can begin their candy trek a little earlier when visibility is better.
“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. “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.”
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.
“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.”