Hate that Halloween is falling on a Thursday this year? You’re not alone. Matt Douglas, CEO of Punchbowl, a digital invitation and celebrations company, is trying to make #SaturdayHalloween happen.
What is #SaturdayHalloween ? It’s the thought that Halloween should always fall on the last Saturday in October and not be Oct. 31 every year.
Of course, that ignores the history of Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve, being the day before the Catholic holiday of All Saint’s Day on Nov. 1.
But what about this idea of Halloween being on Saturday every year?
Douglas in his blog makes these points:It’s healthier for kids (and parents): Who wants to get home from work, stress about dinner, try to wrangle kids into costumes, and then be out trick-or-treating way past normal bedtime? Kids wake up the next morning overtired and parents drag themselves to work. It’s better for schools and teachers: Weekday Halloweens are disruptive for schools and teachers. When Oct. 31 falls on weekday students lose not just one, but two days of productivity. Halloween itself is full of distractions, but the next day is even more challenging. The combination of lack of sleep and dealing with sugar-infused children is difficult. It’s safer: Halloween’s most important cultural ritual is trick-or-treating. If observed on a Saturday, trick-or-treating could begin earlier in the evening before nightfall. Local authorities could block roads to protect the busiest neighborhoods. Accidents and fatalities would be reduced. Families can celebrate together: Weekday Halloween makes it difficult for families to celebrate together. A weekend holiday would suit working families and enable celebrations for the whole family. Punchbowl has the date: there are more Halloween parties on Saturday than on any other day of the week.
So what do you think? Would you support a movement to make Halloween be celebrated on a Saturday every year?
Alas, there’s no Saturday Halloween this year. How can you make a Thursday All Hallow’s Eve work for you? We have some tips:
Have the slow cooker or instant pot ready with dinner. This is a perfect night for a bowl of chili or stew.
Have the costume (if they aren’t wearing it that day) ready to go, by the front door, the night before. Skip costumes that require a makeup job or anything difficult to change into.
Have the candy bowl stocked and ready by the front door the night before. If you have pets, used a sealed tub as your bowl so that no one can get in it.
Prepare for more traffic. Everyone’s going to try to get home earlier on this day. The traffic will be a nightmare. Leave work even earlier if you can. If you can’t, team up with a neighbor who can pick up your kids from school and feed them before you can get home.
Set a time limit for trick-or-treating. Let the kids know ahead of time. Set an alarm on your phone of when you need to turn around and go home. For older kids, have a set curfew. Hint, most of your neighbors don’t want you trick-or-treating after 8 or 8:30 p.m.
Organize your neighborhood, or your block, to start Halloween trick-or-treating earlier. It will start getting dusk-like around 6:30 p.m., but maybe your neighbors agree to start at 6 instead.
Avoid the sugar high and next-day sugar low. Once you return home, sort the candy and limit the amount you will eat that night. Do a look to make sure everything is well-wrapped and a known food. Let the kids pick out one or two pieces (set that limit ahead of time). Then have them head to bed. One idea that is growing into a tradition is the Candy Witch. The Candy Witch comes after a few days and replaces the Halloween candy with money or a gift. Then she takes the candy to a local food bank, homeless shelter, orthodontist to get paid for her candy haul, or she takes it to her office.
Turn off your porch lights as soon as it’s time for the kids to go to bed. That way, your children’s sleep won’t be interrupted by older trick-or-treaters.
Provide a protein-rich breakfast the next morning to give kids good energy for school the next day.
Work with your school district to consider making a change for the next year’s calendar. Maybe it’s a late-start day for high school the next day. Maybe it’s one of those teacher in-service days that pop up on a random Monday or Friday.