Should Halloween Be A Floating Holiday?
If you trace Halloween's origin back to the Celtic festival of Samhain, it was always celebrated on October 31st, a midway point between the equinox and solstice. Since we no longer have to worry about "the end of the harvest season", why not just let the holiday become a 'floater' and shift the date around?
Normally I'm a traditionalist, but I'm totally down with making just about every holiday a floating holiday. Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving all have different dates each year; let's expand the list! I'd even support making Christmas the next-to-last weekend in December, because it's an annoying hassle to have a vacation day in the middle of the week. Who wants to work Monday, be off Tuesday, then back to work Wednesday through Friday? Just make every holiday a three-day-weekend and I'll sign the paper.
Halloween would be a great floating holiday! Kids won't have to worry about running around on a school night if trick-or-treating was always on a Saturday. Once you're past trick-or-treating age, having a nice party on a Saturday night is perfect.
Have I convinced you, or are you still a 10/31 loyalist?
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