Should America Move Halloween to the Last Friday in October?
There's an ongoing dialogue happening across America. Maybe you're part of it.
On the topic of Halloween, there is a growing movement wishing to move All Hallows Eve to a standardized place on the calendar—specifically, the last Friday in October.
Fans in the pro-column suggest this will make things like Tick-or-Treating more convenient for parents, and they're insisting an arbitrarily chosen Friday will be safer for children to collect their candy.
Those who are against such a move argue that convenience shouldn't be a priority when it comes to holidays in the US and that basing safety on a chosen day is nothing more than guilt-tripping manipulation.
Things have changed since we were kids.
Growing up an Elder Millennial, I remember when Trick-or-Treating was a free-for-all across the entire neighborhood.
Sure, mom or dad went with us in the early days, but by the time my sister was old enough to look after me (+/-11yrs old) we grouped up with friends and mobbed door to door as a roving pack of wild kids until porch lights started turning off.
Halloween is not that way anymore due to the rise of parental smothering... granted, there is probably more stranger danger out there now than in the 90s.
We've done the same thing with Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and a ton of lesser federal holidays... Should Halloween be standardized to the last Friday of October from now on?
As much as I want to say no, municipalities all across the nation have been doing just this for decades. Places like OKC, Tulsa, Lawton, Stillwater, Norman, etc... release "Official Trick-or-Treat Hours" on a specific day that isn't usually Halloween. Instead, for the convenience of everyone, they pick a day and opt for mostly daytime hours for kids to collect candy.
What do you say?