Alright, so Samhain is not October 31st. It’s not Halloween. It’s not All Hallow’s Eve. It’s not the day before November starts. It IS a cross-quarter day meaning it is the day exactly between the Fall Equinox (September 22nd in 2012) and the Winter Solstice (December 21st in 2012). That means that Samhain in 2012 will be on the night of November 5th, 2012 by my back of the envelope calculations.
Now, why is this important? Well, why do you celebrate Samhain? I don’t think it’s because it’s someone’s birthday (e.g. the fake reason for Christmas), it’s not remembering an event (e.g. fake Easter), and it’s definitely not in memory of a person (e.g. MLK day). It’s because it’s supposed to be the day of the year that the veil is thinnest. Why in the world would you celebrate that on the wrong day? It’s not going to be the same date every year for the same reason the solstices aren’t the same date every year. Sigh.
Now, the only other day that I could consider being a good day to celebrate it is on the dark moon nearest the cross-quarter date because the dark moon helps to get through the veil to the other side, so it’s probably a pretty thin line as well.