Thanks for covering this. We're new to Utah and it is a good heads-up.
I'm glad the writer included prominent discussion of how Halloween this year
will likely be observed primarily in Saturday in places all across the nation,
especially in the south, NOT just here in Utah. Otherwise we surely would have
had a bunch of naysayers register their complaints about quirky Mormons.
Actually, they probably will, anyway....On another note, I've always
thought trunk-or-treats sounded really cheesy and lame. I've never been, nor
taken my kids. But then, I live in what I consider a very safe neighborhood.
For those who don't have that, I suppose this is a good option to help the kids
have fun. I just don't know why it's done in my area. Sounds anti-climatic to
Halloween is October 31. Football can be practised on Monday evening. I don't
mind if you don't feel this way, but these things are just your religion.
Paraphase: "By judging others there is no time to love them." Trick or treaters
will be welcome at our home on Saturday night or on Sunday night regardless of
their personal beliefs. The candy will be stocked each night, the pumpkins lit
and the porch light turned on so the wanderers can find their way.
Saturday is my choice, but then it doesn't really matter. In the eight years
that I've lived here, the only trick or treaters I get are my grandkids. So my
football game will not be interrupted.
I always hated "trunk or treat" - the kids end up going out for TWO nights of
sugar instead of one. As a Bishop the last time Halloween was on Sunday, I
encouraged everyone to take advantage of the night to get to know all their
neighbors and not be the "house with no lights on", even though it was on
Sunday. This seemed a good approach in a city with very few LDS or other
I believe that Halloween is pure and simple Devil Worship. We talk
about kids being healthy and eating good and not being obese. Yet we send them
out to gather gobs of candy.Halloween should be on Saturday, just as
Christmas Presents should be opened on Saturday if Christmas Falls on Sunday.Nothing should get in the way of the Sabbath.At my Chapel we
have had Trunk or Treat with a Chili Cook off Pot Luck. Mine came in 2nd last
year. We would do it as a 3 Ward event supposedly to keep kids from going door
to door. I am not Anti Halloween if its not on Sunday my kids go out
and I pass out Candy. My 22 year old Son calls it a Major Candy Holiday. I consider it a Prime Marketing Event to make Money, Selling stuff
people would otherwise Not Buy. My Son is dressing his dog up. We
don't get much action because my house is in a cul-de-sac, on a huge hill. My
house overlooks Poki Bay. At Church they are having an inside event
this year, and I am not attending. My Wife and Kids Can.
I do Not want to Mix Halloween and Jesus in any way.No more then I
want to Mix Santa Clus and Jesus.When we got the Wards to get
togeather and do Trunk or Treet as opposed to an Inside event, I thought we
where making good progress.I wanted to get Santa Outside also but
was told Not to even try that. I knew who Santa was anyway so its been okay.I really do not want my kid sitting on the knee of some unknown,
unchecked Store Santa.There should be no Question that for
Christians that Halloween is on Saturday.ON Sunday the Pourch Light
should be out and the Door not answered. Gate Closed Dog Out In The Front
Yard.My Sons Dog and My Cats are good friends and my 35 pound cat
would scare more people then my sons dog.The 3 Wards that use our
Chapel are having an inside event on Saturday during the day. Instead of Trunk
or Treat. Heck why not ruin what works.I have better things to do
that day, like shine my Sandles. I will give Candy out Saturday
Night, but Sunday my Proch light off.
I live in Arkansas and most people are planning on Saturday. Here many work
offices invite the families to drop by Friday afternoon and cubicle trick or
treat. It is a fun tradition that brings the whole family together, and
contributes to work morale. The employees try really hard to decorate for their
families. So really, we always have more then one day of Halloween out here.
Doesn't every ward have trunk or treat? Many business, shopping centers,
malls,etc also do. Your kids have plenty of opportunities to dress up and get
their sugar. On the other hand, if someone wants to pass out candy outside the
door of my church on Sunday, I will gladly accept your Reese's peanut butter
cups and leave you alone at night.
It's Saturday for me...at least that is when I'll be answering my door.
Our kids will be out Saturday, but we keep some Sunday candy reserved for those
going that night.It is a religious thing and not just here. However,
I'm sure the TEACHERS are quite grateful come Monday morning. Not so much for
the youth teachers on Sunday school though!
why not both!! I love when it's on sunday, that way the kids can do their thing
on Saturday and the grown ups can go out and do theirs on sunday!!
To awsomeron1: How can you say "I believe that Halloween is pure and simple
Devil Worship" and then say "I am not Anti Halloween". If I really believed
something was devil worship I certainly WOULD BE "anti". Your post makes no
sense whatsoever! Loosen up and live and let live.
Trunk or treats are not and will not be as good as door to door. My kids
will be going door to door. no-one really trick or treats here, so everyone in
my neighborhood gives out full-sized candy-bars.See you in south
central Logan. From the Ghetto; Northern Out.
Growing up October 30 was called "beggars night" with Halloween on October 31st.
I will not be giving out candy this year as we only had 4 kids show up last
I guess it comes down to if You will keep the sabbath day holy holy or not.And if parent will be teach their children the importance keeping the
This Halloween my lights are out Saturday and Sunday. With weirdos living in
our neighborhoods it is not a good idea for the crumbcrunchers to go door to
door where the folks are not known. Obviously churches and cities, states
should have made some kind of a statement on how Halloween should be observed
when the 31st falls on a Saturday or Sunday. With some religions observing
services on either of those days, why can't the day be Friday? The states and
feds are always telling us to observe Mondays for certain holidays, so why not?
Joe Moe, If I had children I would never do trick or treating here in
Ypsilanti. There are too many hoodlums lounging around on a normal night, I
would hate to have my children face the risks of halloween night. When I
was on my mission in Las Vegas I think most wards did trunk or treat. In some
it was in part because some of the neighborhoods were only marginally safe.
In Detroit October 30th used to be Devils Night, when people would burn things
down. Later under Mayor Archer there was the Angels Night initiative with
people watching the streets, and we got to the point where their were fewer
arsons that day then any other.In the suburbs people would just
throw eggs on houses. I remember one of my elementary school teachers telling
us about how when she was a child her and her friends would egg all the
neighbors houses on Devils Night and then the next day they would have to see
all these dirty houses as they went trick or treating.
This is not about adults!! Its about the kids, and halloween is on the 31st, so
if it makes people feel good to icnore kids coming for candy or telling them you
wont give candy because they choose to trick or treat on the 31..Shame on you.
It's for the kids...And on that note I say go for both days!!! Get all the candy
you can...My kids will be going on sunday, and I would hope lds people would be
a good sport.