State Rep. Tim Larson (D-East Hartford, South Windsor) wants to see Halloween designated as the last Saturday in October in Connecticut, he said in a press release issued Monday.
In the release, Larson said he has talked with parents of young children that say weeknight trick or treating, such as Monday this year, presents a variety of problems for candy-stuffed children who have to get up early for school and limits the ability of everyone to enjoy celebrating.
He also noted in the release that Saturday allows for kid-friendly daytime events and the youngest goblins can begin their candy trek a little earlier when visibility is better.
“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 the release. “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.”
With Halloween only a week away, Larson said he does not expect his Saturday proposal to come up during the upcoming special session of the legislature, but is hopeful the 2012 General Assembly will consider the idea.
“This would be good for the economy and make Halloween a more family-friendly event every year,” he said in the release. “Everyone looks forward to Halloween a little more when it falls on the weekend.”
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