A few random thoughts on moving Halloween to Saturdays:
If we move Halloween to Saturdays, as Halloween falls and has always fallen on October 31st the last day of October, it would have to be moved to the Saturday before. Moving it to the Saturday after would move it to November. This would not work. The scary belongs in October.
If we move Halloween to the Saturday before, unless it falls on a Saturday that month, there are going to be people who will take advantage and celebrate two Halloweens. (Over the next decade, Halloween will fall on Saturday twice, in 2020 and again in 2026.) There are going to be those who will celebrate two Halloweens. How can you stop them? This applies as much to adults who hold annual masquerade parties as it does to trick-or-treaters (is trick-or-treating still a thang?)
If we move it at all we will be messing with a religious celebration that stretches back to the ancient Celtic harvest festival, Samhain, (It would later be Christianized as all Pagan festivals have been because Christians were never very original with anything they did. A cursory search into the backgrounds of any Christian festival would reveal that they did much to deny Pagans the right to have fun. Why even the Bible was plagiarized. This is no surprise to Biblical scholars.)
As many European cultural traditions hold that Halloween is a time when magic is most powerful and spirits can make contact with the physical world unless those spirits were sent a memo that Halloween had been changed and had been moved to another day, you would have a lot of spirits confused by this. Imagine them showing up at your doorstep on the 31st, only to find that your party had changed without notifying them. You could have pissed off spirits here, and you don’t want to piss off a spirit.
Halloween (also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve) occurs on the day before All Saints Day. It is a day that is dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. Do we also move All Saints Day? Depending where on the calendar Halloween would then fall, you would have to tell all these departed as well. It would be wise to clear this with them, again for reasons already stated.
If you are beginning to sense the enormity of moving Halloween to a Saturday, you are beginning to get the picture. It is more than arbitrarily changing a date. It is matter of changing a tradition and a religious holiday that stretches back before it moved to North America. Hell, notifying everyone of this would be a daunting task.
Moving Halloween to Saturdays though would be advantageous in this respect. It would give celebrants the following day to recover before they would have to return to work (for employed adults) and for all children who made an evening of collecting candies, who rushed home to hunt through what they have received and then sugar-loaded until they could puke. That following Sunday would give them a day to recover from that sugar-crash which as everyone knows can be a really debilitating shock as bad as any hangover.
Lastly, moving Halloween to Saturdays, we can teach our children that what they collected, they can keep. They don’t have to take their goodies to school the following day and share it with their classmates and other kids. (We all knew of that kid in school who became instantly popular, at least for the day when they shared their candies with everyone else. Perhaps you were the child) This would help enforce the idea of greed in children. What’s mine is mine, and I needn’t share.
Happy Halloween, David W. King
Now have a scary good time.