Should Trick-or-Treating Be Moved When Halloween Falls on a Weeknight?
To be honest, I'm a little surprised I haven't written about this before, but we got a message on the WBKR Facebook page asking a question about trick-or-treating, so I'm gonna use that as my cue.
For as long as I can remember, we have gotten phone calls or Facebook messages asking us when the kids would be trick-or-treating in years when Halloween falls on a weeknight.
And, this year, Halloween is right smack dab in the middle of the week, on a Wednesday.
When I was a kid, the issue never came up. We'd just trick-or-treat on Halloween whenever it fell. Most of the time, that was fine. (The one time Halloween fell on a Sunday made for tricky trick-or-treating; I didn't go out until we got back from church and just about everyone I knew was done.)
But, you know, when you sit down and erase all the emotions you might have about tradition, when it comes to Halloween, then, yeah, you start to think it WOULD be way more convenient if it happened, say, on the LAST Saturday of October, which is something that came up among Connecticut lawmakers earlier this year.
The idea was to call it "Trick-or-Treat Day." One lady in the story even commented to the effect that it wouldn't make any difference what DAY the kids got the candy.
Also, five years ago, nine cities in central Kentucky officially moved trick-or-treating from Halloween, which was on a Thursday that year, to Friday, November 1st. But that was because of terrible weather on the 31st, not really for pure convenience.
Since Halloween is not a federal holiday, there are no laws, outside of local ordinances, that dictate very much, at all, about it.
I've been searching and I can't find a year when Owensboro made a declaration about moving trick-or-treating to another day.
If you know of such an occurrence, I'm all ears.