“There will be school tomorrow!” yelled Mrs. Treadwater, my third-grade teacher. And I should probably explain that I was still in third grade. This didn’t happen recently. It would be pretty weird if at my age I were still hanging around my third-grade classroom which is why I stopped doing it a few years ago, but that’s another story.
Mrs. Treadway was letting us know that even though Halloween fell on a Wednesday that year it was still a school day. I’m not sure why she sounded angry about it. Maybe she was tired of kids asking her if it was a holiday. Maybe she was annoyed she didn’t get the day off either. Maybe it was both.
Last year Arionis over at Just A Small Cog lamented the fact that Halloween 2017 fell on a Tuesday and offered up a petition to have Halloween officially moved to the last Saturday in October. It made sense then. It makes even more sense now. Halloween should be a moveable feast, even if those are usually reserved for saints, since it’s a time when the spirits are on the move.
In some areas, such as here in Tennessee, Halloween on a Wednesday can be, or at least once was, problematic. Wednesday was, and still is for some, traditionally a church night—it’s a night when those of certain faiths gather for a mid-week dose of preachin’ to get them over hump day, which reminds me of the old joke: why is Wednesday called “Hump Day” when most people get laid on the weekend?
Anyway the number of people who have Wednesday worship has fallen off so much that it’s no longer a problem but I distinctly remember the city council devoting whole sessions to whether Halloween on a Wednesday should be moved to another night, and getting into lengthy fights over whether it should be moved and which night would be more appropriate. There were even a few years that some of us kids were lucky enough to get a double dose of Halloween as the compromise was to spread it over two nights.
We still had to go to school, though.
And that concludes the 2018 Halloween Parade, but, whenever it is, it’s Lou Reed who gets the last word.