We really love Halloween. It's one of our favorite holidays of the year! The costumes, the decor, the activities, and of course, the treats - it all comes together to create memorable and fun holiday the whole family can enjoy. Even though it's still summer, we've already started thinking about our costumes for this Halloween (and don't pretend you haven't been doing the same). While the whole family can definitely get in on the Halloween fun, let's be honest - this is a holiday for the kiddos. They love to get dressed up and go trick-or-treating, celebrate with their friends, and trade from their candy bags for weeks.
HOWEVER. There's one thing we don't particularly love about Halloween, and that's the date. Not the actual date, October 31. Nothing against it at all! But because Halloween is on a specific DATE, and not a specific DAY, it can be a bit stressful and not entirely fun for plenty of families. That's why the Halloween & Costume Association (HCA) has launched a petition to move Halloween from October 31 to the last Saturday in October. Honestly, we are all for this idea!
Think about it: Halloween falling on a weekday means a lot of stress for parents and kids (not to mention teachers on November 1!). Working parents need to somehow arrange to get home in time to take the kids out trick-or-treating while it's still light enough outside. Prepping costumes in the morning before school can be a real pain in the butt. With homework and school the next day, kids need to be home and in bed earlier. When October 31 falls on a weekday, we don't really get to fully enjoy the holiday! Halloween always being on a Saturday means that parents and kids could hit the street for some trick-or-treating while it's still light out. Kids won't be out late or up late (and even if they are, it's Saturday, so it's not as big of a deal!). Plus, you could fill the day with lots of Halloween-themed activities, or still have time to plan and pull off an adults-only party later that night. It just makes sense!
There's no real reason Halloween has to be on October 31. And moving it to the last Saturday in October doesn't mean we can't still celebrate on the 31st! It just means that the organized Halloween activities will fall on a day that gives parents and kids a chance to fully enjoy them. Sounds like a win-win to us.