The date of Halloween originates from Ireland in the fifth century BC where summer officially ended, Oct. 31. The holiday was called Samhain, the Celtic New Year. Apart from that, millions of families in the Western world have celebrated Halloween on Oct. 31, despite if it falls on a weeknight.
In an interview with the Hartford Courant
, Tim Larson, a Democratic State Representative, said that he wants to change the date of Halloween to the last Saturday of October. Larson argues that the revision would make it easier for parents, it would be safer for children and there would be economic growth.
The State Representative compared his suggestion to the government’s decree that Thanksgiving be commemorated on the fourth Thursday in November, although Halloween is not an official state holiday.
“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,” said Larson.
“Clearly this is not the highest priority. But it does present an opportunity to make a safer, more enjoyable holiday. It's a nice thing to help families out, neighbors can get out to see each other, it's the small things that start sending a good vibe.”
He explained that if Halloween was celebrated on a Saturday then there could be even more celebrations and even more Halloween-themed spending, which will lead to job growth.
According to the National Retail Federation
, Americans spend approximately $7 billion on Halloween.
Larson’s proposal has met opposition. Press Secretary for Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Juliet Manalan, told the local news outlet in an email that he does not support the idea to change the date of Halloween.
Republican State Senator Rob Kane also disagrees with the idea. Kane said that if the government wants to create jobs then get “out of the private sector’s way.” He added: “More laws like these will continue to take Connecticut in the wrong direction.”