Everybody’s mad over trick-or-treating, but here’s the truth…

Already breaking one of they key rules of this site: don’t mention H*lloween.

If you live in Western Pennsylvania and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast, there’s a slight chance you, your neighbors, your community and the myriad of Facebook groups have shared a conversation about the date of trick-or-treating this year.

For many folks in that region, severe weather (wind gusts of like 35 mph, possible lightning, etc) could put a damper on Halloween.

Some communities across the Pittsburgh metro region opted to move trick-or-treating from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 or 2.

And that decision has left people across Facebook groups, TV station pages, Twitter and probably living rooms and Kings Family Restaurants everywhere mad.

Like, people are fast-tracking their space on Santa’s Naughty List, that’s how bad it’s gotten.

There are the folks who vocally support any change to keep kids and families safe.

And there are the traditionalists who refuse to see anything other than how they lived their life. So how dare the sacred holiday of *checks notes* Halloween … be moved to a different date.

But, let me offer this hot take from somebody who doesn’t even like Halloween in the slightest. (Hint: Me.)

Why do people care so much if trick or treat is moved? Who cares!

I grew up in a Pittsburgh suburb that always did trick-or-treating on the Tuesday before Oct. 31 no matter what day of the week Halloween landed on. Didn’t matter to us what day it was. What mattered to kids is that it happened. Other places have always done the Saturday afternoon before Oct. 31.

Yeah, I trekked door-to-door in costumes with snow suits and raincoats.

But if people want to move it because they don’t want to trick or treat in the rain, who cares?

And listen, Oct. 31 is the hard cutoff for anything Halloween. So these little free candy seekers are encroaching into my holiday season, which, as we all know, technically started last Friday with Hallmark movies, but officially kicks off Nov. 1.

But, let’s get back to the issue at hand here: who actually cares when trick of treat is?

Now, stash away that candy until Saturday, but use Thursday night to get out all of the holiday decor because we’ve got to get an early start to putting up the tree! Between trick or treat moving and a late Thanksgiving, Christmas isn’t getting a fair shake here!


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