Halloween 2020 October Is an Eerily Favorite Month for Marriage
Most couples give a great deal of consideration when it comes to deciding on a marriage date, which for more than half of them will take place in one of the four most popular months. No one would be surprised that the top three are July, August and June, but the close fourth may raise an eyebrow.
One out of every ten marriages takes place in October, ranking that month ahead of eight others. Other than the changing colors of the leaves, there are few advantages to tying the knot in the tenth month.
The month is mostly associated with Halloween, making the marriage step even scarier than it already is. Most couples find that marriage has more tricks than treats, given that over half end in divorce.
There is also an old superstition warning against getting hitched in October, which cautions, “Married when leaves in October thin, Toil and hardships for you begin.” Superstitions are not to be disregarded when it comes to marriages, so brides may want to avoid the altar for those thirty one days in the fall.
Another problematic quality about October is that it has no holidays except for the one honoring Christopher Columbus, a guy who was so incompetent that no one besides banks or libraries even recognizes that day. To have any prolonged honeymoon time in October, one has to burn up his limited vacation leave.
No day of the week can test a marriage as much as a Monday, which leads to another problem. Over the last ten years, October has had more Mondays than any other month. This fact increases the chance of your anniversary falling on the most dreaded of the week, assuming your marriage lasts long enough to have an anniversary.
I made the plunge in October nearly twenty years ago, when my fiancé and I exchanged vows on Halloween. We were divorced five and a half years later, when the magistrate signed the decree, fittingly enough, on February 14.
On his latest album, Loudon Wainwright sings about looking for a good day to end a relationship. After eliminating Christmas, Valentine Day, Thanksgiving and various other occasions, he finally settles on April Fool’s day.
With apologies to Wainwright, one of my all-time favorite singers, I have to disagree with him on this one. April Fool’s day is a far more appropriate date for a marriage than a breakup. Anyhow, it cannot be worse than any of the thirty one days in October.