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There's a national push underway to move the official date we celebrate Halloween each fall, and Minnesota should join the movement.

Halloween has been celebrated for a looonnnggg time now on the last day of October, the 31st, which is the day before All Saints Day on November 1st. And dressing up in costumes became a thing on Halloween, this Newsweek story says, thanks to a custom that dates back several thousand years, to Celtic times.

So, yeah, there's a lot of tradition involved. But more recently, though, there's been a push to get Halloween moved to the last Saturday in October, no matter what actual date that might be. (Which, this year, would be THIS Saturday, October 29th; though it could actually land on the 31st-- as it did back in 2020.)

In fact, Newsweek says, there's an official online petition collecting signatures to officially move Halloween. The story says the thinking is that celebrating Halloween on the last Saturday in October would make it safer-- and easier-- for both kids and parents to celebrate, instead of trying to squeeze all that Trick-or-Treating and other Halloween celebrating in during the week.

I'd be OK with moving the 'official' designation of Halloween here in Minnesota to the last Saturday in October. Wouldn't that be easier than doing Halloween on Monday this year? It seems like most adults hold Halloween parties this Saturday anyway, and having Trick-or-Treat hours on a Saturday sure seems easier than when it's during the week.

As of Friday, October 28th, the official petition only has just over 157,000 signatures on it-- but needs to get to 200,000 signatures before any official action is taken. So, no, Halloween won't be moving again this year. But what do YOU think... should Minnesota move Halloween to the last Saturday in October?

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