Recently The News-Times published its opinion regarding the county declaring Oct. 31 as Halloween. The editorial seemed to feel that was silly since every year Halloween falls on Oct. 31.
What The News-Times failed to acknowledge is that this year Oct. 31 falls on a Sunday. I, and many others, wish that the county had declared that Halloween would be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Some might say that is a better choice for convenience reasons, such as avoiding having the kids out late on a school night. That is a good reason, but my reason is purely religious. I grew up in a conservative, religious family in a liberal area (San Francisco Bay area). My husband and I have chosen to raise our children in the South because we wanted our values and the community's values to be in alignment. One of the values that we hold dear is keeping the Sabbath Day holy. This is a commandment most faiths in the area teach.
I hope next time Halloween falls on a Sunday, the county commissioners will support this shared community value and declare Halloween to be on Saturday, Oct. 30.
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