This morning my son's musical alarm clock went off at 6 A.M. He didn't wake up (he never does until he hears my voice, apparently mama's voice is the best alarm), so I went in, offering wake-up cuddles and a toy ghost.
"It's Halloween today!" I told my soon-to-be 3-year-old.
He was thrilled to get into his Spider-Man outfit, but as I watched my little superhero walk down our dark driveway with his dad at not even 7 o'clock in the morning, I wondered if he would still be excited for trick-or-treating after a long day at daycare.
I wished Halloween were on a Saturday every year and I am so not the only mama to feel this way.
As CBS reports, more than 33,000 parents have signed a change.org petition suggesting we move Halloween to the weekend, specifically the last Saturday in October. Parents in favor of the move say the holiday is just not as much fun when it happens on a hectic workday (although it is totally possible to make it work).
It's not like moving the day around a bit is an unprecedented move. Thanksgiving isn't on a specific date, but rather the fourth Thursday in November. Likewise, Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May.
But unlike those holidays, Halloween isn't a "real" holiday in the sense that nobody gets the day off. Businesses aren't closed. The world is still running, we're just running it in funny clothes.
But honestly, wouldn't it be a lot more fun for families if we could trick-or-treat on a weekend every year? There would be no stress over which costumes are allowed at school, or having to fix face makeup that has already been worn for eight hours.
There would be time to enjoy a scary movie or a spooky supper in the afternoon, instead of nibbling on our kids' candy and ordering pizza after the trick-or-treaters go home. In short, it would just be more fun and more chill.
In some communities, parents are already making this change on their own, arranging trick-or-treating around the block on the last Saturday of October in order to save themselves the hassle of a weekday Halloween, but if more parents push for the change, we could all do it.
According to Fox Cleveland, "the White House requires 100,000 signatures to receive a response" to a petition, but maybe more moms and dads will add their signatures to the change.org list by next Halloween.
And maybe, eventually, Halloween can be more of a relaxed affair, rather than a mad dash to complete school pick-up, costume touch-ups and trick-or-treating (and the pizza, don't forget the pizza) all before bedtime.
Here's a few tips to add chill to a weekday Halloween:
- Make a light dinner in advance so that you're not surviving on candy and pizza.
- Give yourself some extra time: Maybe school pick-up happens 30 minutes earlier today, or bedtime gets pushed back just slightly. It's okay to change up the routine a little if you need to.
- Give yourself—and your kids—some grace tonight. We're packing a lot into today, so it's totally normal if your kids (or mama) have moments of overwhelm.
And remember: There's only one more weekday Halloween until we get a Saturday in 2020!