Burlington Moving Trick-or-Treating t...

Burlington Moving Trick-or-Treating to Saturday

There are 25 comments on the Fox 8 WGHP story from Oct 7, 2010, titled Burlington Moving Trick-or-Treating to Saturday. In it, Fox 8 WGHP reports that:

Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, and FOX8 has been receiving many calls asking if their city's trick-or-treating has moved as a result.

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TeachGso

Reidsville, NC

#1 Oct 7, 2010
What about Greensboro? Has anyone asked if they are changing their day?
Alan

Olanta, SC

#2 Oct 7, 2010
When I in my younger years of trick or treating, some 40 yrrs ago, it was always common practice that if Halloween fell on Sunday, it was observed on the Saturday before everywhere. It wasn't an issue much less made the news. But today with everyone questioning God and religion I guess this younger generation coming up becoming parents are confused about everything...
La Paloma Blanca

Asheboro, NC

#3 Oct 7, 2010
Maybe the baptists can ban Halloween along with yoga.
Fuzz

Greensboro, NC

#4 Oct 8, 2010
Halloween is October 31st.
Virginia Lieske

United States

#5 Oct 12, 2010
I think Greensboro should move to Saturday (We use to call it Beggars night) for Trick or Treating when it falls on a Sunday. It is really hard on the kids and teachers the next day and on the Parents. Lets change it to Saturday!!!!
Jack H

Greensboro, NC

#6 Oct 16, 2010
You can't change a holiday. Kids go out trick or treating on Sunday are you going to arrest them? Just because Halloween is not a Christian holiday, does not make it a Anti-Christian holiday. I don't question God or religion, and letting my kids trick or treat will not make them any less devoted to God. But I do question the motives of people that are more concerned about things like this in an effort to be good Christians in name than being good Christians practice. We're "trick or treating", don't like it, close your door, turn off your light...just try and stop us.
Sam

United States

#7 Oct 17, 2010
Halloween is October 31! It's that simple! I totally do not agree with changing the date.
Unknown

Greensboro, NC

#8 Oct 21, 2010
Jack H wrote:
You can't change a holiday. Kids go out trick or treating on Sunday are you going to arrest them? Just because Halloween is not a Christian holiday, does not make it a Anti-Christian holiday. I don't question God or religion, and letting my kids trick or treat will not make them any less devoted to God. But I do question the motives of people that are more concerned about things like this in an effort to be good Christians in name than being good Christians practice. We're "trick or treating", don't like it, close your door, turn off your light...just try and stop us.
I beg your pardon. This was a Christian holiday before it was a secular holiday known as Halloween. All Saints Day..........do your homework. Just another way for the world to make a Christian holiday secular. Do kids really care if they get candy on the 30th or the 31st?? Seriously!
TRC

United States

#9 Oct 21, 2010
I just don't understand how anyone could consider a day when you can dress your kids up and send them out to strangers houses to go beg for food bad! Are there not enough things to worry about??
Unknown

High Point, NC

#10 Oct 23, 2010
Unknown wrote:
<quoted text>I beg your pardon. This was a Christian holiday before it was a secular holiday known as Halloween. All Saints Day..........do your homework. Just another way for the world to make a Christian holiday secular. Do kids really care if they get candy on the 30th or the 31st?? Seriously!
All Saints Day is November 1st.... October 31st Halloween is all Souls Day!!
Brandon

Greensboro, NC

#11 Oct 26, 2010
We use the excuse of having to get the kids home and in the bed as a cover so we don't offend anyone. In reality, we move it from a sunday so we don't offend the christians. We have four other school nights that never matter. Why not just make halloween the last saturday of October just like thanksgiving is the fourth thursday of November.
Tammy C

High Point, NC

#12 Oct 26, 2010
Doesn't matter to us, but I think it should be celebrated on whatever day it falls on. As far as the Baptists go, the ones where I live serve free dinners to folks after we trunk or treat in their parking lots. Thats what we always do now. They all dress up and enjoy it! Go to 3 churches and the kids are all loaded up with all the goodies they can eat :)
valleylady41

Mooresville, NC

#13 Oct 26, 2010
La Paloma Blanca wrote:
Maybe the baptists can ban Halloween along with yoga.
Well it is like this if you do not have respect for anyone or anything looks like everyone could give God the respect of doing what has always been done when Halloween is on sunday is Trick or Treating has always been done on saturday ,so why is it such a big deal to move it this year ...and for your info some baptist may ban yoga but I am a Baptist all the way and I like yoga ,and I also Love and Respect the Lords Day which is Sunday......
michele

United States

#14 Oct 28, 2010
this is the dumbest thing i have ever heard. halloween is on sunday. kids should trick or treat ON SUNDAY. i'm not opening my door on saturday!!!
and btw, the sabbath is on saturday, for those of you who do not know.
Judi Greensboro NC

Clemmons, NC

#15 Oct 28, 2010
Bottom line is Halloween is for the kids! They need to go to school on Monday so why not just let them have fun on Saturday. We all have our beliefs and everyone can not be happy no matter what day trick-or-treating happens. Adults sure have a way of making things so complicated! Life should be simple and happy and fun.
Oct 31 is All-Hallows Eve

Lisbon, OH

#16 Oct 28, 2010
Unknown wrote:
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All Saints Day is November 1st.... October 31st Halloween is all Souls Day!!
Oct 31st is All-Hallows Eve
All Saints day is Nov 1,
and All Souls Day is Nov 2.
A brief history

Lisbon, OH

#17 Oct 28, 2010
Gather 'round and listen to the best ghost story of all, the history of Halloween. Over the years, Halloween has evolved into a completely different holiday than it originally was. While it still holds onto remnants of its spooky origins, America has molded the popular holiday into its own. With Halloween just around the corner, it might be wise to learn the tale of Halloween's beginnings - you know, to keep the ghouls and goblins away.

Halloween began as the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in.) With the new year beginning on November 1, the Celts believed October 31 marked a day when the dead and living worlds intertwined. The festival of Samhain took place on this night when ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. The Celts wore masks and costumes in hopes that the dead visiting their world that night would not recognize them and thereby mistake them for fellow spirits. When the Romans took over the Celtic lands, the festival of Samhain was combined with two Roman festivals, Feralia and a day honoring Pomona, the goddess of fruit and trees. Feralia was the Roman holiday for commemorating the dead, and it is likely that the present-day tradition of bobbing for apples came from the celebrations for Pomona. Christianity eventually spread to the Celts, and in the seventh century, the pope designated All Saints' Day to honor saints and martyrs on November 1. All Saints' Day was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas from the Middle English word alholowmesse, which means All Saintsí Day. This thereby made the evening before, the festival of Samhain, All-hallows Eve. All Souls' Day was established by the church later, and is celebrated on November 2 to honor the dead. This event included costumes as well; people dressed up as saints, angels and devils. In addition, poor people would beg for food and families would give them "soul cakes" with the promise that the person would pray for their dead relatives. This was the beginning of trick-or-treating. Together, all three celebrations came to be known as Hallowmas.

Today, Halloween still carries some of its original traditions. Trick-or-treating, while no longer involving poor people begging for food, is a focus of Halloween celebrations in America. Children everywhere turn out on October 31 and knock on doors begging for candy. Costumes are the core of today's Halloween traditions, but they are no longer disguises. Today, Halloween has become a more secular and commercialized event. The religious meanings behind Halloween have all but disappeared and been replaced with the notion that Halloween is a fun holiday for children (and many adults) to put on costumes and go trick-or-treating or to costume parties. Current popular Halloween traditions are mostly a result of the media, especially film. The characters that haunt Halloween today are Freddy Krueger, Jason, Leatherface, Michael Myers, Dracula, Frankenstein, Swamp Thing, Werewolf and the Mummy. In England, trick-or-treating did not become extremely popular until the emergence of the film E.T. Over the years, Halloween has almost become a season of its own. Theme parks across the country, including Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, begin celebrating Halloween at the beginning of October with parades, decorations, shows and spooky haunted houses

A similar holiday to Halloween is El Dia De Los Muertos, which is celebrated in Mexico, Latin America and Spain. In conjunction with All Souls' Day, a three-day celebration begins on October 31 to honor the dead. People everywhere construct altars honoring their deceased relatives and decorate them with candy, flowers, photographs, etc. Families burn candles and incense to help their relatives find their way back home. When All Souls Day rolls around, families hold gatherings at the gravesites of their relatives to reflect on their lives and pay tribute to them. El Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated at St. Thomas More during the first weekend in November.
Oct 31 is All-Hallows Eve

Lisbon, OH

#18 Oct 28, 2010
Unknown wrote:
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All Saints Day is November 1st.... October 31st Halloween is all Souls Day!!
Oct 31 is All-Hallows Eve
Nov 1 is All-hallows or All Saints Day
Nov 2 is All Souls Day
for the kids

Lisbon, OH

#19 Oct 28, 2010
I don't mind changing it for the kids or parents, or even teachers. However, I do have Catholic beliefs that make my heart strings attach to the day itself. I was born and raised Catholic, which is a form of Christianity. I have read the official history, but in my youth it was simply explained to me that the dead rose that night and we were to dress up to scare them back down, or to confuse them about who we were. I just always thought, as a kid, that we dressed up to avenge the dead spirits. But, as I have discovered about he holiday in my adult-life, it is also a time to celebrate and honor the lives of those who have gone before us. Trick-or-treating is associated with All-Hallows Eve. However, I am not sure why there is so much commotion about this. If we can come to one conclusion, it would be best it everyone could be consistent about it. Honestly, if kids come both nights, I am not going to have enough treats :(
observer

Clayton, NC

#20 Oct 28, 2010
that was a great history of the holiday. thank you. i would like to add that the day of the dead is celebrated on nov 2, when dead relatives are allowed to return to visit their relatives, and that dead children come back on nov 1, the day of the innocents. halloween is oct 31 & should be celebrated on oct 31. period. we don't change the day we celebrate christmas because of the day of the week it falls on. it was also a pagan holiday manipulated by the romans. jesus was not born on dec 25.

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