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Utah resolution proposing Friday designation for Halloween celebrations advances
SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would encourage Utah communities to bump Halloween festivities — like trick-or-treating — to the last Friday in October every year, passed out of the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee meeting Wednesday and will go to the full Senate for a final vote.
Senate Majority Assistant Whip Kirk Cullimore, R-Sandy, who is sponsoring SCR5, said his bill would provide a big benefit to parents and teachers across the state.
While the bill wouldn’t change the date of Halloween itself, it would recognize a designated day for Halloween celebrations.
“We’re not so presumptuous to think that here in Utah, we’re going to change the date of Halloween,” Cullimore told the committee. “What it does, is it says that we would like to recognize the celebration of Halloween to be the last Friday of October.”
He said he’s heard the most feedback on the bill from parents and educators who think the bill would be “fantastic,” adding that students trick-or-treating late into the night poses educational problems the following day.
It would also be beneficial for workplace Halloween celebrations, where offices often dress up to celebrate the holiday.
“For those adults that just love Halloween, I would say that this extends your Halloween celebrations. You can celebrate Friday, Saturday and on the actual Halloween night. In my estimation, this is a win-win-win,” Cullimore said.
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