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Laugh With Lisa: The Halloween Debate

...Every year we’d have a huge SPOOKTACULAR event at our home generally hosting at least 30 but up to 60 kids – plus parents. We’d deck out our entire yard . We’d carve pumpkins and we always had a hayride. Everyone ALWAYS enjoyed themselves, and even our neighbors and passersby responded positively...

Lisa DeMarco says that Halloween, a day of good family fun, should always be celebrated on October 31st - even when the 31st falls on a Sunday.

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For nearly 40 years I have been celebrating Halloween on October 31st. During those decades, the holiday has fallen on every day of the calendar week. However it wasn’t until Sunday, October 31, 2004, the actual day that Halloween fell on that became an issue.

I lived in Tavares with my husband and two daughters, Amanda was 8 and Makenzie 3. We were very involved in our community and our neighborhood, and we prided ourselves on being involved in our children’s lives. We participate in all school activities. We enjoyed meeting our daughters’ friends and their families. We also more than anything loved Halloween.

Every year we’d have a huge SPOOKTACULAR event at our home generally hosting at least 30 but up to 60 kids – plus parents. We’d deck out our entire yard . We’d carve pumpkins and we always had a hayride. Everyone ALWAYS enjoyed themselves, and even our neighbors and passersby responded positively.

That year was different though. As Halloween approached I noticed a slight friction among my community, and it seemed to be about Halloween falling on a Sunday.

We always had our party the weekend before Halloween so that we wouldn’t get in the way of our friends’ “Trick-or-Treating” plans, and as always that year it too was a tremendous success. However, when I found out later that week that everyone was planning to observe Halloween on Saturday I got a little confused. Some people said, “Halloween never falls on a Sunday,” which baffled me, because I knew according to my calendar that statement was untrue. Some said, “It’s a school night,” which also didn’t make sense to me, since 5-out-of-7-days a week are school days, and we never Trick-or-Treated on Saturday when the 31st of October fell on a Wednesday. Finally I heard “Sunday is a Holy day and Halloween means Devil worship.”

To which my only response could be, “Then don’t celebrate it at all – regardless of what day of the week it falls on!”

“Halloween” is generally accepted as a day of simple childish fun. Candy and costumes, family and friends – welcoming in the Fall season. Nothing more. Nothing less. So until someone in authority declares that the last Saturday in October will be the day Americans observe “Halloween,” my family and I will continue dressing up in costumes and carefully walking around our neighborhood – knocking on doors where the front lights are on and the yards look inviting. We will shout “Trick-or-Treat” and “Happy Halloween” to all who choose to welcome us. We will be friendly and courteous and respectful. We will not disturb or disrupt anyone. And most of all we will have fun – together as a family on Halloween – OCTOBER 31st.

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