Call this controversial if you'd like, but I think we should move Halloween each year to the weekend before the actual day. So this year that would be October 27th. Why? Because Halloween has always been a kids holiday, but why should they 'celebrate' (Trick-or-Treat) on a school night? It sends the wrong message. It tells kids they should ignore homework and focus on... candy. Again, that sends the wrong message, no?

I talked to my neighbor over the weekend about just this exact issue. He has two young kids (under 10) that are jazzed to trick-or-treat. Not jazzed: He or his wife. They both at work until nearly 6pm, then they have to grab the kids from after school sports/functions, come home, make dinner and... yep, go trick-or-treating. I guess his point was, it's hardest on mom and dad the night of Halloween. Harder on the kids the next day when they try to pay attention in class.

I know this won't be popular with some adults who want the weekend before Halloween to celebrate and party in ways only us grown-ups can. But hey, when you have kids, you have to put 'em first, no? And besides, you can party the week AFTER Halloween. It all evens out in the end.

One more quick point: How many towns in Iowa move their 4th of July celebration to the Saturday before the 4th? A lot. And that is during the summer when kids aren't even in class. (Maybe this change is more for us early risers).

I want to know what you think about this subtle movement to move the observed night of Halloween to the Saturday before the 31st. Would you be on board with handing out candy on the weekend instead of Wednesday nightr? Or are you a purist? I respect that too. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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