October 31st falls on a Sunday this year, which in Utah always brings up the question: Will the kids be trick-or-treating on Sunday, or on Saturday the 30th? Utah's predominant religion stresses Sunday Sabbath observance, and if public events are any indication, most area Halloween celebrations will take place Saturday night. Public Halloween parties will be on Saturday the 30th, and many area haunted houses and corn mazes will end their seasons that night.
Of course, some Utah residents will choose to trick-or-treat on Sunday the 31st, and many quick-thinking kids have already realized they might be able to get in two nights of trick-or-treating this year. Halloween fell on Sunday in 1999 and 2004, and in both of those years most Salt Lake area kids did their trick-or-treating Saturday night, with some going out on Sunday.
Salt Lake isn't the only city in the country where many people will trick-or-treat Saturday night rather than Sunday. According to my About.com colleague Adam Knapp, Oklahoma City officials issued a proclamation this year declaring that Halloween festivities will take place on the 30th. For some reason, the officials also changed the term "trick-or-treating" to "Meet and Treat," maybe because it sounds less threatening. I just don't know how I'd react if a bunch of little future politicians shouted, "Meet and treat!" at my door on Halloween night.
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