“We’ve had people take off work to help us get prepared,” said Burnside Mayor Ron Jones. “There’s been so much planning down, we decided to just go ahead and give the kids a place to go on Halloween if everybody else cancels out.
“You don’t know, the weather may turn out to be beautiful,” he added. “We thought we’d go on ahead with our plans as scheduled.”
Of course, November 1 is a holiday too — All Saints Day. Though it’s not recognized much by Protestants, the day is a special occasion to many Catholics worldwide, and a special mass service is typically held. (In fact, the name “Halloween” comes from the phrase “All Hallow’s Eve,” referring to “All Hallows Day” — or “All Saints” — on the first of November).
When Halloween falls on a Sunday here in rural Kentucky, trick-or-treating is often moved to another day. So what does the local Catholic community think about Halloween festivities being held on a distinctly more religious occasion?
“It’s not really an issue for us,” said Father Jeffrey Estacio of St. Mildred’s Catholic Church in Somerset.
That said, he explaied that “when we celebrate ‘All Saints Day’, we think about the saints, and we think about the saints that are not known to us, not canonized, people that live holy lives according to the Gospel. If it’s on a Sunday, then we transfer it to Monday.”