Is it finally about time to move Halloween permanently to the last Saturday of October?  This has been a topic now for the last several years.  Proponents of the idea say it will be better for businesses and trick-or-treaters alike.

It's better for kids who won't have to worry about going to school the next morning after a long night of gathering candy or smashing pumpkins.  It's good for the big kids too.  They don't have to worry about that early morning and going to work after a night of partying.  It's also much better for area restaurants in Bismarck Mandan as Halloween could really turn into a profitable evening if it was on a Saturday rather than say a Sunday like it is this year.

According to CBS News, there was a petition that received over 80,000 signatures to move Halloween to the last Saturday of October.  It was addressed to then-President Trump back in 2019.  Since Halloween is not a federal holiday, changing the date might not be so easy.

Most surveys I've seen favor moving Halloween to the last Saturday before October 31st, like this one from MLive.

Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken had this to say about the possibility of moving the holiday permanently to the last Saturday of October.  "I fully support this idea.  It would be good for business in the city, good for parents who have to usher little trick-or-treaters well into the night, and good for party goers who want to stay up later without having to worry about working in the morning."

Now, it's time for you to make your choice.  Should we move Halloween to the last Saturday of October?




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