Hey MORPC, Leave Halloween Alone!

Posted on October 31, 2010

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I’m not ready for Halloween to be over.

“But it’s not,” I can hear you saying (or thinking). It’s today–dress up, scarf some candy, carve away.

Except that in Columbus, Ohio, Halloween is over–and it has been over for three days.

Trick or Treating, or Beggar’s Night as it is called in un-PC fashion, was held here on Oct. 28. We had the trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, ghosts and ghouls. It was all fun–but it was all days before Halloween, days before we could really feel the fall holiday season. Heck, my kid’s class party didn’t even happen until a day later, and by then we had practically  composted the pumpkins.

And we changed a 2,000 year old tradition for what?

Because the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has been empowered to set  the date and time in which trick-or-treaters can go door to door–and they decided it may coincide with Oct. 31 when it falls on a weekday. But if the 31st falls on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, it’s too dangerous for our children to be trusted on the streets in their costumes. Plus, it might interfere with some party somewhere.

Oh, please.

Oct. 31 is Halloween. End of story. Just like New Year’s Day is Jan. 1, Christmas is Dec. 25 (no matter Jesus reportedly was born in the summer) and the green beer flows every March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day, whether it be weekday or weekend. To compromise arguably a kid’s best holiday for convenience is simply ridiculous. Hey MORPC–Halloween wasn’t broken. You don’t need to fix it.

Around our house, we love Halloween. We spend weeks preparing the costume–two-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves (“Dancing With the Stars” champion!) was our model this year–plan out our candy-seeking route days in advance, and collect pumpkins for a month to carve the weekend before the Big Event. My husband used the holiday 18 years ago as the backdrop to propose–wearing a gorilla mask.

Don’t let government take that way from us.

They say you can’t legislate morality, but they are doing an awful intrusive job legislating our holiday fun.

I hope you will join me in contacting the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (614.228.2663, 111 Liberty St., Suite 100, Columbus 43215, fax 228.1904) to tell them to LEAVE HALLOWEEN ALONE.  Somewhere in Columbus, a ghost or ghoul will thank you.

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