State Rep. Tim Larson, a Democrat who represents East Hartford and South Windsor, has proposed designating the last Saturday of each October as Halloween in Connecticut instead of the traditional Oct. 31, citing both parents' concerns and economic issues.
Larson said in a news release that he doesn't expect the General Assembly to take up the issue this year, when Halloween falls on a Monday. But, he said, he would like to have his proposal considered in 2012.
"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 in bed for an early school and work morning," Larson said. "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."
While Halloween is not an official state or federal holiday, Larson said that parents of young children have complained to him about weeknight trick or treating and would prefer a weekend day. Saturday allows for events during the day as well as an earlier start to trick or treating, Larson said.
"This would be good for the economy and make Halloween a more family-friendly event every year," he said. "Everyone looks forward to Halloween a little more when it falls on the weekend."