It’s the same story almost every year — parents rushing out of work early to get back home and escort their children to go trick-or-treating on the night of a workday. It’s late and it’s getting stressful. You’re stuck in traffic and the few minutes of daylight are shrinking.
Uh-oh, it started to rain, too. Do we cancel the door-to-door campaign?
There’s an easy way to relieve the stress: simply designate the last Sunday of October as Trick-or-Treat Day.
Parents can be with their kids, rather than shooing them off to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to make the rounds with them.
No more rushing home from work. No more battling the sunset. No more having the kids get home at 6:30 to start gobbling wads of sugar and having them bounce off the walls right before bed.
Moving the Halloween festivities to a Sunday will make it more of a family affair and enhance safety for all involved.
To make this work, we would need our elected officials to pass advisory legislation that officially designates Sunday as the day for trick-or-treating. It, of course, could never be a mandate. And there would be glitches in the first few years where some would go on Sunday and some would continue to go on the 31st. But we believe that, after a few years, it will be ingrained that Sunday is the way to go.
Is there a legislator out there who will take on the cause?