It seems there is a problem this year, what with Hallowe'en falling on a Sunday.
Now, I of course support everyone's right to practice their religion. However, I'd like to see the same courtesy in return (hey, I'm kinda funny that way). Anyway, Sunday is not my Sabbath. It isn't the Sabbath for other folks, too (Muslims, for example). Yet no one bats an eye when Hallowe'en falls on a Friday night or a Monday.
And, this is the Hallowe'en holiday we're talking about here - it's not like it's something that is used for worship. Uh, is it?
Note the quote (from the article):
It is an especially sensitive issue for authorities in the Bible Belt across the South.
"You just don't do it on Sunday," said Sandra Hulsey of Greenville, Ga. "That's Christ's day. You go to church on Sunday, you don't go out and celebrate the devil. That'll confuse a child."
By the way, why is confusion such a bad thing? Or does that <shudder> lead to questions that might not have answers?
I dunno, I'm stumped.
Here's an opposing viewpoint, from the same article:
"Moving it, that's like celebrating Christmas a week early," said Veronica Wright, who bought a Power Rangers costume for her son in Newnan. "It's just a kid thing. It's not for real."
Further confusion occurs among adults, who can't figure out when to give out candy:
In Vestavia Hills, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham, a furor erupts every time Halloween falls on Sunday. Local officials decided not to take a stand this time.
"About 15 years ago, we decided to have Halloween on Saturday instead. People went crazy. We said, `Never again,'" recalled Starr Burbic, longtime secretary to the mayor. "It messed everybody up to move Halloween. Some people don't like having it on a Sunday, but we just couldn't find a way to make everyone happy."
The patchwork of trick-or-treat zones could work to children's advantage: Some might go out on both nights to get all the treats they can.
So, the election is in a coupla weeks, gas prices are nutty and there won't be enough flu vaccine this year, so some people will die. And this is the big concern for these people?
Like I said before, I'm stumped.