This year has been full of surprises, but there’s more fun coming. The perfect spooky storm will happen on Halloween night, which not only falls on a Saturday, but will also last for an extra hour, and on top of that, there will be a special moon.
Yep, so let me break it down for you.
- Halloween is on Saturday, October 31, 2020. That’s easy enough. I don’t really know how the trick-or-treats and parties will work, but we’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.
- Daylight Saving Time ends in Arkansas on Halloween night – or technically, it ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1st. That’s when we turn the clocks backward one hour – or whatever it is you do at your house in the digital age to make your microwave and car clock tell the correct time so you don’t mess up and go to church early. I mean, that is if you do “go” to church. If it’s online, you’ll still be early, so stop interrupting me and let’s go to the next bullet point.
- The last element for this spooky storm is the fact that we have not one but two full moons in October. The 1st is on the 1st and the 2nd is on the 31st. You thought I was going to say on the 2nd, but that’s ridiculous and not how the moon works, but it certainly would qualify to be called special. According to Almanac.com, this only happens once in a blue moon. And apparently that’s because when there are two full moons in a single month, it’s literally the definition of a blue moon. Yep. How old were you when you learned that? Nevermind how old I am, but I just learned it while getting the facts for this article. Read more here about the harvest moon and hunter’s moon, which is what these two full moons are called.
I know you still have questions, so here are the answers.
Q. Will the night clubs be open an extra hour? A. I don’t know if they’ll be open at all, considering the pandemic.
Q. Does this mean people who work overnight will get off early, or will they get paid for an extra hour, or will they work an extra hour and not get paid for it? A. Again, I don’t know. I should have started with the questions I did know the answer to.
Q. Can you trust your phone to update the time on its own? A. It depends on your phone, but most of the newer cell phones will update to the correct time automatically. If you have to be somewhere at a certain time, the worst you risk is being ready an hour early. Unless… It’s possible you could sabotage yourself in the morning hours, turning the clock which aren’t necessarily everyone’s greatest time to do math. If that’s the case, there’s a beautiful thing that existed when I was growing up and it still exists today. Call time and temperature at 501-376-8111. Oh wait. What if they don’t update it on time because it’s the weekend?
Right. So I didn’t say my answers would be great. Anyway… Happy Blue-Hunter’s-Moon-One-Hour-Longer-Halloween.