Would changing the date for Halloween be a trick or a treat?

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Registered: 08-06-2009
Would changing the date for Halloween be a trick or a treat?
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Tue, 10-25-2011 - 12:01pm
Since we move Thanksgiving to the last Thursday, should we move Halloween?
For many, October 31st is synonymous with Halloween, but one Connecticut lawmaker wants to change all that. ... Connecticut is suggesting Halloween should be moved to the last Saturday of October instead of being specifically on the 31st. ...

What do you think? Would this make it easier for parents and teachers not rushing around on school nights?
Does your community move trick or treating?

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Just pointing out the difference.. I also agree that Halloween should stay on Oct 31st but my reasons have to do more with tradition then anything else. Cities/towns are free to pass whatever laws they want about trick or treating but they are not free to actually change the date of Halloween. By the way, the British Commonwealth countries have agreed to introduce legislation in their various countries to remove the requirement for those in line to succession cannot marry Catholics an that first born inherits the crown,irregardless of gender.
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Registered: 10-25-2006

Thanks for the reminder of what Hallween is all about.

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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Registered: 10-25-2006

Wow!

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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Registered: 01-05-2005

I'm definitely not looking for debate here, certainly not about what Catholics believe, but hope that helps explain my personal "harrumph!"

I appreciate your response; it's very interesting. There has been a big debate at ds9's school over changing the "Halloween" party to a "fall" party and so it's been on my mind. It's good to get

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Registered: 04-16-2009

Goes back to the days of Elizabeth I and James.. the religious wars between Catholics & Reformers. The problem is that the Queen (or King) is the secular head of the Church of England. Prince Michael (the Queen's cousin) had to give up his place in the succession when he married a Catholic.

Given that there is very little difference between Church Of England & Catholics, it is long overdue. Here, the Anglican Church has many Catholics as members. The Anglicans recognize Catholic Church baptisms and marriages.

Times are changing, thank G...D. No one raised an eyebrow when the Queen's oldest grandchild Peter Philips, the son of her daughter the Princess Royal married a Catholic Canadian girl. He is "way down" on the line of succession but he is still on it. And,of course, the present Princess of Wales Camilla is a divorced woman. (Whoever is the wife of the Prince of Wales is automatically the Princess of Wales, whether she uses the title or not). Marriage to a divorce woman was a big "no no". Edward, the uncle of the Queen, gave up the throne in 1936 so her could marry the woman he loved- a divorced woman.

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The desire of Henry the 8th to divorce, was one of the nails in the Roman Catholic coffin in England. And in fact no Royal had divorced, AFTER taking the throne, since Henry the 8th, until Prince Charles divorced Diana.
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Theresa, I don't consider Halloween to be a religious holiday, just the Eve of a religious holiday and part of the name. So if it was moved to anytime other than the night before All Hallow's/All Saint's Day then technically it would no longer be "All Hallow's Eve". Kind of like making New Year's Eve a night other than the night before New Year's Day! I realize that most kids probably have no idea what the name means or the origins of the holiday.

My concerns are like Kelly's regarding messing with established holidays and traditions just because somebody decides its more convenient to change the date of the observance for some reason. Halloween and trick or treating is a practice that has worked fine for a long time, and its only one night of the year...I do understand that its hard for teachers to deal with a room full of kids that got too much sugar and not enough sleep the night before but somehow our teachers managed, right?

If communities want to move the trick or treating to another night then I guess that's their decision, but I wouldn't like it. And then they should change the name to "Dress in Costume and Go Door to Door Begging for Candy Night in Autumn" :smileywink:.

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Actually, Henry did not divorce his wives. He declared his first marriage invalid (annulled) because she had been married/engaged to his older brother. He did not consider that he had divorced her but that the marriage had never existed in the first place and the pope had erred in allowing the marriage to take place. The pope disagreed. The second wife was executed. His third wife died in child birth. His next marriage was annulled due to non-consummation.. His next wife lost her head and his last wife out lived hm (lucky her). The Church of England does not marry divorced couples. Charles & Camilla was not married in a Church. Ann & her second husband were married in Scotland, in a Church of Scotland church. The point is..the secular head of and the defender of the church can not been to disregard the Church's ban on divorce by marrying in a church a divorce person. Like the RC church, marriage is a sacrament for life. PS. I was a member of the Church of England, after I left the Catholic Church.

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