State Rep. Larson: Standardize Halloween in Connecticut to fall on a Saturday

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October 25, 2011

Connecticut State Representative Timothy Larson

By Greg Janetka

HARTFORD, Connecticut: With a week to go before children all over the country dress up in their finest costumes and go house to house begging for candy, Connecticut State Rep. Timothy Larson (D) proposed moving the holiday from October 31 to the last Saturday in the month. This, he says, will make it more convenient for families to celebrate as well as increase revenue and create jobs.[1]

In a statement issued October 24, Larson explained:

"Halloween is 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.

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.”[2]

In fact, the legislature is scheduled to begin a special session on jobs tomorrow. Not all agree it would be the best method, however. Republican state Sen. Robert Kane shot back at the idea, saying, "You want to create jobs in Connecticut? Start by getting government out of the private sector's way. Start by lowering taxes and regulations. More laws like these will continue to take Connecticut in the wrong direction."[1]

Governor Dan Malloy, according to his press secretary, does not support the idea. "The Governor is worried about confusing the ghosts, goblins, and witches - so he thinks leaving Halloween on Oct. 31st is the right thing to do. No disrespect intended toward Rep. Larson, of course," she stated.[1]

While it is too late to impact Halloween this year Larson said he hopes the legislature takes up the matter during the 2012 session.[3] No word on how it would impact the schedule of the Great Pumpkin.