Trick-or-Treat? No Sunday Night Halloween for Livingston Parish
October 24, 2010 8 Comments
The Baton Rouge Advocate reports today that the ACLU of Louisiana is protesting a new policy moving the parish’s trick-or-treating to Monday, Nov. 1 from the traditional Oct. 31 because this year, Oct. 31 falls on a Sunday.
Sunday is traditionally a religious holiday, and rural Livingston Parish has decided that costumed kids and free candy doesn’t fit well with the Sabbath.
However, The Advocate also reports that a lot of residents, including the Parish President, are ignoring the ordinance, and the ACLU of Louisiana seems to be on the side of residents and some local politicians in this letter.
But the ACLU’s legal argument is an interesting one, it is two-fold, according to the letter:
1. Halloween is a Religious Holiday, and its observance should not be abrogated by a Parish Council’s Ordinance
2. The Louisiana and U.S. Constitutions provide a right of free assembly, which prohibits the Livingston Parish Council from telling people they can knock on doors and ask for candy any night of the week, much less Halloween.
What do you think?