It's bad enough that there are people who need counseling if they don't like a costume, now some people want to separate Halloween from October 31st!

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it, from the decorations to costumes to horror movie marathons to candy and even, yes, the date. Without getting into a long history lesson you won't read, Halloween has been tied to the date of October 31st for centuries because that's the date that marked the end of summer and the start of winter, a time associated with death in Celtic tradition. It's kind of like the Day of The Dead celebrations that focus on the fact that we are all going to die one day. That's why ghosts, goblins, skeletons, and other spooks are used in Halloween imagery. This has been the tradition now for centuries. That's right, centuries.

Now there are some knuckleheads (ironically calling themselves The Halloween Industry Association) who are petitioning President Trump to move Halloween to the last Saturday of October, whether that's the 31st or not. These people claim to represent companies that manufacture Halloween - related products and that Halloween should be celebrated on a Saturday so it can be a 'longer and safer' time for all who want to enjoy it. How it would be 'safer' on a Saturday night when more people are on the roads is beyond me. As far as longer, I'm pretty sure trick or treat times would not suddenly be extended because Halloween's on a Saturday night.

I'm against it as a Halloween traditionalist, but I'd like to hear your thoughts. Shoot me an email and let me know what you think!