I’m not omnipotent, but if I was there are certain things I would do; big, lofty things like making sure no child was ever abused and making sure all children had a warm, safe place to call home. On a much smaller scale, I’d amend Halloween. Me, with my new powers, would change Halloween so it occurred on a fixed day-of-the-week rather than a fixed date. Specifically, I’d choose the last Saturday of October.
As an elementary school teacher, let me just say that there isn’t a whole lot of teaching that occurs on Halloween. There are parties, but not teaching per say. I try to strike a compromise. For the last several years, my upper-grade students enjoy a bagel and fruit brunch while they read aloud their October-themed fiction stories they’ve been working on all month. Even with a more relaxed teaching day planned, most of my teacherly duties fall in line with “maintain order.”
Additionally, you have to factor in time for children to change into their costumes for the school-wide parade. Understandably, kids have other things on their minds besides being attentive in class. Furthermore, most children have special events planned for later that afternoon and evening. Which means homework completion is challenged, children aren’t getting the same amount of rest, and they will consequently come to school the next morning with the equivalent of a candy hangover. Let’s not forget, the other part of our student population - the children who don’t celebrate Halloween so they choose not to attend school that day.
On the other hand, if Halloween had a fixed day, specifically a Saturday, parents would be responsible for all Halloween festivities and their side-effects. Schools could then decide on a case-by-case basis how they wanted to celebrate this day of tricks-or-treats.
On that note, I hope my readers are enjoying more treats than tricks today (and everyday)!