Democratic State Rep. Timothy Larson wants to move Halloween to the last Saturday in October.
“It would be so much more safe and convenient if it happened on a Saturday,” said Larson, who represents East Hartford and South Windsor. “I’ve talked to my neighbors informally while I’m outside raking leaves and in the grocery store and you hear stories of parents rushing home from work to get their kids fed and get them dressed in their costumes and get them out the door.
“I just think that on a Saturday, particularly in New England when it starts to get dark earlier, it would be a much more enjoyable event for everyone if it happened on a Saturday.”
Moving Halloween could also bring a boom to the economy, Larson said. If the holiday fell on a Saturday, youngsters would stay out trick-or-treating longer. And, in turn, residents would buy and distribute more candy.
There are also academic benefits to the idea, as Larson points out: ”When Halloween falls on a school night, kids eat candy and get all jacked up and then they’re unproductive the next day in school,” he said. “This would fix that.”
He added, “I don’t want to trample on anyone’s religious beliefs. But we proclaim Thanksgiving on the final Thursday of November and I think we should do that here, too.”
With Halloween just a few days away, Larson isn’t expecting to persuade residents to do their trick-or-treating on Saturday this year. But he hopes to see the holiday moved to the weekend by October 2012. He’s currently working to pass a resolution in the General Assembly.
“It’s kind of a whimsical idea,” Larson said, “but it’s backed up by common sense.”