Halloween Saturday

I'm not sure what to think about an idea that was floated out recently by some politician.

A state legislator in Connecticut is suggesting that we should shift the date of Halloween each year so that it always falls on the last Saturday in October. So, instead of Oct. 31 every year, it would move to different dates, but would always take place on Saturday.

I see some sense in this. Never on a school night, so kids could stay out a little later, eat a little more sugar and not have to worry about getting to school in the morning.

Adults have Halloween parties on that night and not have to worry about getting to work the next morning. And they wouldn't have to schedule their party on another night around Halloween.

But All Hallows Eve on Oct. 31, with Nov. 1 All Saints Day and Nov. 2 All Souls Day, has a place in the religious world. Shifting Halloween to the 26th would disrupt the progression and detract from the traditional meaning of the days.

Of course, it wouldn't be the first time we've altered traditions for convenience or better marketing potential.

So, in the end, I'll say, I'm against the idea. Let's just keep Halloween on the 31st.

Now, I'd be in favor of making the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday. Anyone suggesting that?