A holiday is a holiday when it comes on the calendar. It can’t just be postponed … right? Towns in Texas will be challenging that very notion on Friday.
With Halloween falling on a tradition Texas high school football night, multiple Texas towns are officially postponing the holiday until Saturday, November 1 or moving it up a day to October 30, to avoid a conflict with a scheduled Friday night game.
We here at USA Today High School Sports already noted the case of Decatur, Texas, where the Mayor officially declared that Halloween would come on October 30 to avoid a Friday night football face off. Now Van, another town in East Texas, is moving All Hallows Eve into November so its residents can be present at the football game without worry of missing out on Trick-or-Treaters.
Here’s what Van Mayor Dean Stone told Texas NBC affiliate KETK:
“I thought about it, I had several calls over the last weekend and I came in and talked to the city manager and I made the decision to change it to the Saturday night due to the fact there’ll be a tremendous amount of people out of town Friday night,” said Stone.
“This is one of the most family oriented towns probably around, you know, and yeah we like football but when you’re winning you really like it. I think sometimes changes are necessary and it won’t leave our town quite so vacant.”
Pragmatism wins out, even against an official holiday. Expect to see plenty of Van fans at Wills Point on Friday night, costumed or not.