Brave man, Tim Larson.

The Democratic state representative from East Hartford wants to mess with Halloween. Larson proposed today that the legislature designate the last Saturday in October as Halloween, so trick or treating never would take place again on a school night.

“Halloween is fun night for the whole family, but not so much when you have to race home from work, get the kids ready for trick or treating, welcome the neighborhood children, and then try to get everyone to bed for an early school and work morning,” Larson said in a press release.

He doesn’t expect the notion to come up Wednesday during the special session on jobs, although he says his idea would be good for the economy.

“Halloween has also become one of the top holidays for retailers selling candy, decorations, costumes and general party supplies. Jobs are created by this holiday, so let’s make it a little more fun and safe for everyone, and create some jobs too,” he said.

If he really wants to make sure kids and parents in Connecticut get a good night’s sleep during the week, maybe he can do something about the starting times of World Series games, just in case the Sox or Yankees get their acts together.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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