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Is Halloween About Holiday Spirit or the Actual Date?

The lil ghosts and goblins in Oxford, MA, won't be celebrating Halloween in October this year. Instead, tots will take their bags out trick-or-treating the following night, Nov. 1. The Board of Selectman decided it was too dangerous for children to hit the streets during Friday night traffic. What's your opinion?

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NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
I so tired of hearing that Halloween is for the kids, does no one else remember the origins of this holiday? It's a spirit but that spirit's not for the kids! It's great that it has become more child friendly, but lets not make it into a child fixation.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i was thinking how great it was to have halloween fall on a friday this year, for the kid's sake! this is crazy. just be careful, like any other night.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
It's about the special powers of making people feel the need to escape reality and feed children ungodly amounts of candy. Or profits. Same difference. :witch:
Aphrosette Aphrosette 8 years
My neighborhood did the ALL THE TIME when I was a kid. It was always the Sunday closet to the actually date (sometimes in Oct, sometimes in Nov) from 3-6. I remember hating it, because most of the people in our neighborhood were older and never paid attention to the scheduled date and never had any candy. So we would come home with an assortment of money, fruit, and canned goods. My dad was the real winner we always got a few packs of beer. So to answer the original question, no I don't agree with scheduling it. They certainly aren't the first, last, or only town doing it, but it just doesn't work.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
This is ridiculous....Keep the date! Kids always look forward to the last night of October to go trick-or-treating. I think parents should just take more responsibility and walk along with their kids through the neighborhood.
kindo1313 kindo1313 8 years
I think the spirit of the holiday is more important than the actual day. We observe Sunday as the Sabbath, so when Halloween falls on a Sunday, our kids trick-or-treat the night before with all of the other kids/families from our church.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I'm all about keeping kids safe but I think they are being a bit silly. Halloween is the 31st!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
One year when I was a kid it was blizzarding on Halloween and they postponed it for a few days.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
The spirit is the night, in my opinion. I think it's silly to do it on Nov 1st. For starters, for me that's a holy day of obligation so my kids would miss out on Trick or Treating altogether because mass is at 7.
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