Rep proposes new day for Halloween

HARTFORD, CT (WVIT/NBC) - One Connecticut lawmaker is trying to change the age-old tradition of celebrating Halloween on October 31 in an attempt to make things easier for busy parents and the economy.

Rep. Tim Larson, D-CT, wants the state to move fright night celebrations to the last Saturday in October in the state.

"Halloween is a fun night for the whole family," Larson said in a news release. "But not so much when you have to race home from work, get the kids ready for trick or treating, welcome the neighborhood children, and then try to get everyone to bed for an early school and work morning."

Moving it would mean there could be kid-friendly daytime events and children could "begin their candy trek a little earlier when visibility is better."

He also said the holiday should move for economic reasons, as "Halloween has also become one of the top holidays for retails selling candy, decorations, costumes and general party supplies. Jobs are created by this holiday."

He has gotten some push back from fellow politicians, including Sen. Rob Kane, R-CT, who said the "well-intentioned" proposal symbolizes what is wrong with government. According to him, less government is needed.

Larson hopes the General Assembly will consider the idea in 2012.

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