EDITORIAL – Why there are so many petitions to change Hallowe’en


An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

HALLOWE’EN IS A ROYAL PAIN in the Poltergeist, isn’t it?

Nobody likes having to grab boxes of leftover miniature candy bars from the super market at the last minute but we do it so the trick or treaters have something for their extra-large pillow cases.

And the costumes — we or our kids must not wear anything that smacks of cultural appropriation, which limits the choice largely to inanimate objects. We must, of course, find something incredibly cute for our cat to wear so we can post Mr. Snuggles’ photo on Facebook.

Fireworks used to be fun. In the old days, we’d run around tossing fire crackers everywhere; now there are all kinds of regulations and even bans.

And safety. Hallowe’en falls at that time of year when it gets dark at exactly the time you have to pack the little gremlins into the SUV and go in search of the most densely populated streets.

Speaking of safety, carving the obligatory pumpkin requires a steady and patient hand, and a good power tool.

Then, there’s the commercialism; it’s one of the most lucrative days of the year — behind only Christmas and, maybe, that other national holiday, Black Friday.

No wonder there are petitions to get rid of Hallowe’en, always circulated by parents, never by kids.

There’s a new petition to move Hallowe’en to the last Saturday in October. The purpose is to make it more convenient for working parents who feel the need to rest up the day after Hallowe’en.

It won’t succeed, because parents aren’t in charge, the kids are. And the kids have their own petition on the go — to leave Hallowe’en where it is but make the next day a holiday from school, no doubt to recover from their sugar binge.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Why there are so many petitions to change Hallowe’en

  1. Get rid of it. Why have the fireworks? What are you celebrating. First responders will tell you it is one of the busiest nights for them and not in a good way. Last night, fireworks going off constantly after dark and dogs barking everywhere.

  2. All the dogs we have had have been frightened by fireworks.
    On the upside, the kids coming to the door are often cute & it’s a way to be friends with neighbours.
    On the upside, roasted pumpkin seeds are tasty and it can be a way of doing something together as a family project.
    Watch out for ghosts in City Hall…………

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