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OK, I want to let you in on a little secret. We don’t really love Halloween in schools.

I know, kids love Halloween, and it can be a fun day in school.  But in our high schools, teenagers in not-always-appropriate costumes (I wrote about Halloween costumes before HERE) can be a real pain, and firecrackers are also never fun to police.  And in our elementary schools, if we make it through the excitement of the Halloween events, the day-after can be wild – the combination of children who stayed up too late the night before and had way too much candy and chocolate leads to a day where we often are counting down the hours to 3:00.

Now, I realize that everything is a little different this year with the pandemic, but that is not why I think Halloween is perfect this year.

This year, Halloween is on a Saturday.  Saturday is the perfect day for Halloween.  At schools, we can have Halloween events on the Friday, then parents can go out to their  Halloween parties on Friday night (well, not this year, but in a non-COVID year).  And then on Saturday, everyone can sleep-in and go trick-or-treating at night.  And best of all, there is no school the day after Halloween, so everyone can recover from the sugar rushes for a full-day before returning to school on Monday.

Oh, but it gets better.  Day Light Savings ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 1st this year.  So on Halloween night, a night that everyone stays up late – you get an extra hour of sleep!  It is hard to imagine a better day of the year for an extra hour than Halloween night.

So, how can we do this every-year? The origin of Halloween being on October 31st seem murky.  And does anyone really like to celebrate Halloween on a Tuesday?  How can we get Halloween to be aligned on the Saturday at the end of October or beginning of November on an annual basis that aligns with the end of Day Light Savings (and yes, I know there is some moves to get rid of this annual time change). 

If not for any other reason, think of us in schools.  A Saturday night Halloween would be a great move for all of us.

Now, I am not sure of the Halloween governance structure and how a change like this could actually be made.  But if someone was running for office with this promise, I would be interested.

Oh, and once we change this – I will propose Valentine’s Day moves to the second Saturday of February.

Have a good Halloween!

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