When planning a vacation and festivities for Halloween, my hubby always asks me (well in advance) what day does Halloween fall on. As we know Halloween date is always the same 31st October, although some local schools have their fireworks and celebrations a few days earlier. The kids are always off Halloween week which is handy and I am a stay at home Mom so I am here too but hubby draws the short straw and has to work. He is only off if Halloween falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
When is Halloween 2019?
Halloween is on a Thursday in 2019 which means my hubby has to book the Thursday and Friday off work, as we like to celebrate in style. Many Halloween parties will be held on the Saturday 26th October. We will probably stay around home this year so that the kids can get changed into their pumpkin costumes and go and do some trick or treating.
Why I need to know what day of the week Halloween falls?
As I have already said hubby needs to sort leave from work for the special occasion but there are several other reasons I need to know! We always carve 2 pumpkins each year and like these to be looking their best for the big trick or treat event. Many people do not realise but Jack O Lanterns do not last as well as pumpkins when they are carved and they go bad. Yep, we should carve our pumpkins no sooner than 5 days before Halloween. This year as Halloween falls on a weekday (Thursday) we will probably design ours on Sunday afternoon. We will be too busy the few days before this and afterwards so Sunday has been marked off as making our Jack O Lantern masterpieces.
We have the advantage of having an ample supply of pumpkins as we produce our own. Sometimes we mess up our carving (or the kids change their mind what design they want) and decide to start over. These specimens alongside our extra supply are used for cooking divine pumpkin recipes. If you also know how to grow pumpkins you also need to know when best to pick them and optimal storage conditions for carving them as late as possible. You do not want all your effort in nurturing them lost. Uncarved pumpkins can rot if they are not well hydrated and treated. I must get around to writing up some pumpkin preservation and storage tips.
What day is Halloween in future years?
If you want to be super organized here is when Halloween is in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Make sure and stick this date on your noticeboard for future use.
In 2020 Halloween is on a Friday, in 2021 it is on a Saturday and in 2022 it is on a Sunday.