Halloween is traditionally celebrated on Oct. 31, but this year “All Hallow’s Eve” falls on a Sunday night. Mayor James Valley is encouraging Helena-West Helena residents to observe the special night on Saturday, Oct. 30.

 

Halloween is traditionally celebrated on Oct. 31, but this year “All Hallow’s Eve” falls on a Sunday night. Mayor James Valley is encouraging Helena-West Helena residents to observe the special night on Saturday, Oct. 30.
After weighing the pros and cons of allowing children to visit neighborhoods collecting candy on a school night, like Thursday or Friday, Valley stated that he felt that Saturday night would be the wisest choice.
Sunday night, said Valley, is traditionally a church night and some are concerned about the conflict with Sunday night church services.
“There’s a number of church groups that have events on Sunday nights and there’s just some community concern about the idea of coinciding a holiday like Halloween with a Sunday,” stated Valley.
Therefore, the mayor is asking local residents to observe Halloween on Saturday night, Oct. 30 this year.
“This is only a suggestion,” commented Valley. “Ultimately, it’s up to the individual.”
Valley added that the trend to switch the Halloween observe from Sunday to Saturday has been common across many communities across Arkansas and America.