Lawmaker Wants to Move Halloween to a Saturday

State Rep. Tim Larson wants Halloween to be the last Saturday in October.

 On Monday night, ghosts, goblins, Angry Birds, Lady Gagas and pirates will be going door to door, looking for treats.

It’s Halloween and, in Connecticut and beyond, the trick or treating happens on Oct. 31. It does not matter if that falls on a Monday, Thursday or Friday.

But a Connecticut lawmaker wants to change that.

State Rep. Tim Larson, D-East Hartford and South Windsor, wants the state to designate Halloween as the last Saturday in October in Connecticut.

“Halloween is a 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 news release.

According to Larson, celebrating on a school night causes problems for “candy-stuffed children who have to get up early for school,” so it would be better to celebrate on a Saturday. Moving it would mean there could be kid-friendly daytime events and children could “begin their candy trek a little earlier when visibility is better.”

Larson said moving Halloween to a Saturday would also be good for the economy.

“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,” he said.

Larson does not expect to decide this during the upcoming special session, but is hopeful the General Assembly will consider the idea in 2012.

“This would be good for the economy and make Halloween a more family-friendly event every year,” he said. “Everyone looks forward to Halloween a little more when it falls on the weekend.”

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Republican state Sen. Rob Kane told the Associated Press that the "well-intentioned" proposal symbolizes what's wrong with government. Less government is needed, he said.

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