Last week was unseasonably warm for October; Sunny and temperatures in the 70s, even 80s. But this week is more season appropriate and on Halloween the expected forecast is 50s and maybe even rainy. It is time to embrace the practicality of celebrating this holiday on a day other than the last day of October.
Halloween doesn't need to occur on Oct 31st anymore. Move it to either the last Saturday of September or the first Saturday of October so that more of the USA can enjoy better weather while engaging in Halloween festivities. In most parts of the country, it's too dark and almost always too cold on Oct. 31 for a proper celebration. Any historical or religious associations with Halloween are vestigial at best.
Many believe Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids, which split from the mainline Pagan groups over dogmatic changes and a particularly contentious game of Monopoly. I'll leave all that for the alien anthropologists that explore our post-apocalyptic planet to sort out. I just want to move Halloween to a more practical day.
I'm not just advocating for this now because I'm a parent. When I was a kid, I recall the majority of Halloweens growing up as being cold, dark and rainy. As in sucky weather for trick-o-treating, which was the sole motivation for it being my favorite holiday. I'm not even sure I thought if it as a holiday in the true sense of the word. I just knew I liked scary things and getting free candy. Think how disappointing it is to a kid being told that you cannot go trick-o-treating because it's freezing cold outside and raining cats and witches. Or if you do venture out, you have to bury your costume under a winter coat.
Apparently I'm not the only person to consider the practicality of celebrating this holiday in its present form on the last day of October. There was a petition last year, don't know how it went but I hope the cause gains momentum. While we're at it, let's move Thanksgiving too (watch for that post next month).
If you like this post, here are some more things we need to move or eliminate.
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