Why did Halloween not happen on Halloween?
October 30, 2009 8:06 AM Subscribe
Why did we go trick-or-treating the night before (or the night after) Halloween one year when I was a kid?
posted by bondcliff to society & culture (27 answers total)
One year in the late 70s or early 80s we went out trick or treating the night of October 30th rather than the 31st. It may have been on November 1st but I'm 98.3% sure it was the 30th. This was some sort of officially sanctioned thing, possibly promoted by the schools, government and/or media. It was not just limited to my family and friends. I don’t know if it was local to my town (Boston ‘burbs), the state, or national. I don’t think I’m imaging it because I remember The Cool Kids claimed they were going to go out on Halloween as well, to get double the candy. I’m pretty sure we got no trick-or-treaters on October 31st because everyone complied with the change of nights.
Do you also remember this? Was it only a local thing? What was the reason for it? Am I crazy?