CBS Connecticut brings us news of a state representative who thinks Halloween should be a bit more flexible:
A recent proposal by Conn. State Rep. Tim Larson pitched the idea of celebrating Halloween on the last weekend of October, rather than the holiday’s traditional Oct. 31 date. Larson (D-East Hartford, South Windsor) came up with the idea after talking with parents of young children, who usually find themselves either having their night of trick-or-treating cut short if Halloween falls on a school night.
“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,” Larson said in a statement. “Halloween has also become one of the top holidays for retailers selling candy, decorations, costumes and general party supplies.
“Jobs are created by this holiday, so let’s make it a little more fun and safe for everyone, and create some jobs too.”
I know what you’re thinking: Connecticut must be a charmed land, if its legislators have time to worry about rescheduling Halloween. Nothing else on the old legislative radar screen, eh?
The office of Governor Dannel Malloy, also a Democrat, decided to have some fun with their response to Larson’s proposal:
“The Governor is worried about confusing the ghosts, goblins, and witches – so he thinks leaving Halloween on Oct. 31st is the right thing to do,” Juliet Manalan, press secretary for Gov. Malloy, said in an email to FOX CT. “No disrespect intended toward Rep. Larson, of course.”
Personally, I don’t waste any time worrying about the kind of dim-bulb hellspawn that could be faked out by simply changing the date of Halloween. Do you think the relentless invisible demon from the Paranormal Activity movies would fall for that kind of cheap trick? Don’t bet on it. You can’t get rid of that thing by filing a phony change-of-address card, either.