After a wild night of avoiding zombies and skeletons in haunted houses, befriending Disney princesses and superheroes while trick-or-treating, or partying among a sea of supernatural creatures, the prospect of facing a rigorous school day the next morning can be more than daunting.
Students who spend the night applying hair spray, intricate make-up, and perfecting their costumes are left with little time for their assigned homework. The quest for candy takes priority for many students, who stumble home after midnight with hours of homework left and little motivation to do it.
For some, this realization forces them to stay home and effectively ruins one of the few breaks students have throughout the school year. Parents concerned over their children’s workload and lack of sleep often prohibit their kids from attending parties or going out, increasing the injustice of the situation. What’s the point of having a holiday that no one can really enjoy?
The next day teachers face exhausted classes, an abundance of undone homework, and a multitude of empty seats. Lessons taught are missed by students who opt to stay home and catch up on sleep and work, and aren’t truly absorbed by the tired students who did attend.
Although this year students won’t have to worry about facing the dreaded day after Halloween, it’s a recurring issue that has students worried year after year. Letting students take the day after Halloween off allows them the freedom to actually enjoy the holiday and come back to school well-rested and ready to learn.