Do Not Move Halloween

Who Would Do That?

Elyzabeth Andersen, Features Editor

October is the season of spooky stories and creepy decorations. Halloween is about dressing up and getting candy. It is the most important part of October. When it comes to when Halloween should be, there is no question that the date should remain Oct. 31 every year.

In some ways, having Halloween on a weekend may be beneficial. It allows for time to stay out trick or treating for younger kids and parties for us. However, we have a tradition to uphold and, honestly, school-related Halloween activities are fun.

The first issue is where would the “new” Haloween date go? If it is moved to the last weekend in October, then what good is the 31 anymore? Halloween is supposed to be on All Hallow’s Eve. If it gets moved to a weekend, that tradition is ruined.

If it gets moved to the weekend after the 31st, then the holiday is in November. We do not need another major holiday in November. We already have one, Thanksgiving. Plus, it would ruin the whole “spooky feel” of October. Neither option is ideal.

If you aren’t a big fan of tradition, just think about all the Halloween themed activities that you get to do at school. We have a costume contest, and in elementary school, we would always have those parties. Sure, you can still do these things on a different day, but it is so much more fun to experience these activities on the actual holiday.

Imagine going to school dressed up in your costume to participate in the costume contest, for example. If anyone sees you after school or, for the seniors, at lunch wearing your costume, that would be a little awkward, don’t you think? If I saw someone on the street dressed up in a costume on any day besides Halloween, I would be a little skeptical.

Now, imagine being in elementary school. The best part of those Halloween-themed parties was being able to go trick-or-treating after school. With Halloween on a weekend, children won’t be able to experience that same joy anymore.

If you are concerned about not getting enough sleep or staying out too late, let’s be honest, no student gets enough sleep anyway. Second of all, you can still go to parties on the following weekend. As for children, parents can manage candy intake and a proper sleep schedule.