Daylight saving time 2023: As Halloween fun starts in Florida, here's when we fall back (2023)

Before 2023 daylight saving time, bills to permanently adopt it were reintroduced. But, in November we'll still change our wall clocks and "fall back."

Jennifer SangalangPensacola News Journal

Daylight saving time 2023: As Halloween fun starts in Florida, here's when we fall back (1)

Daylight saving time 2023: As Halloween fun starts in Florida, here's when we fall back (2)

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  • Daylight saving time for 2024 will start at 2 a.m. EST Sunday, March 10
  • If permanent daylight saving time ever takes effect, the biggest pro by far would be no sleep disruption
  • Some might think it's odd to trick-or-treat when it's still sunny out. Ironically, a week after Halloween it'll be dark -- a much better setting for Halloween and all things scary

Why is daylight saving time after Halloween?

For states that observe daylight saving time, we will "fall back" the first Sunday in November, which, for 2023, means five days after Halloween.

Why does it matter?

In Florida, the time before the time change gives parents and trick-or-treaters more daylight and more opportunities to collect candy on Oct. 31. Whether it will be hot and muggy and eerily sunny at 6 p.m. when trick-or-treating traditionally starts remains to be seen.

On the flip side, for those wanting Halloween festivities to start at night when it's dark out − trick-or-treating, haunted houses, Halloween parties − that means a later start time.

There's also the theory that candy makers had something to do with daylight saving time since Halloween ranks up there in terms of candy-giving holidays (Valentine's Day and Easter also are popular).

Below are things to know about Halloween in Florida, daylight saving time, fall back and spring forward.

When is Halloween in 2023?

Halloween is on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023.

What time does trick-or-treating start on Halloween?

This is subjective. While most of Florida is in the Eastern Time Zone, the time change and when to trick-or-treat can be a challenge for residents in Panhandle cities that observe Central Time.

For young children up to age 5, it's not uncommon for parents to ring the doorbell with their costumed-kids yelling "Trick or treat!" at about 5:30 or 6 p.m. EST Halloween night. Older children ages 6 and up typically start trick-or-treating when the sun sets and continue while it's dark, regardless of time zone.

When is daylight saving time in fall 2023?

Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, for "fall back." That's when people will change their wall clocks and set them back one hour, giving them an extra hour of sleep. And after daylight saving time, it should be lighter out earlier in the day. Supporters say this will increase visibility and possibly reduce car crashes and car accidents involving pedestrians or children walking to school.

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What is daylight saving time?

According, "daylight saving time is the practice of setting the clocks one hour ahead of standard time to make use of more sunlight in the spring, summer, and fall evenings.Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used to save energyand make better use of daylight. It was first used in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Canada."

Daylight saving time became a national standard in 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act, which was established as a way to continue to conserve energy. The thinking was, if it's light out longer, that's less time you'll need to use lights in your home.

Why all the hype around daylight saving time?

We live in a time-obsessed culture. What time is it? When's dinner? How soon till I take my 30-minute lunch break from work? What time can I start trick-or-treating on Halloween? What time should I start my Halloween party? How many days or hours until we celebrate Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas?

And, of course, one of the most popular holidays of all time revolves around a clock— New Year's Eve. Worldwide, we love that holiday so much, we dress up, drink Champagne at midnight, or watch a ball drop (in person, virtually or on TV). So when we have to alter our schedules or time, it has a big impact on our lives.

Was daylight saving time affected by Halloween or candy makers?

This has been a popular search topic: Did candy makers have anything to do with daylight saving time changes?

An NPR report in March 2007 addressed the query during an "All Things Considered" interview with host Melissa Block and Michael Downing, author of "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time."

"This may be kind of an urban legend, but I thought I had heard that one of the backers behind extending Daylight Saving Time into the beginning of November was the candy industry, and it all had to do with Halloween," Block said in the NRP excerpt.

"This is no kind of legend," Downing responded, adding, "this is the truth. For 25 years, candy-makers have wanted to get trick-or-treat covered by Daylight Saving, figuring that if children have an extra hour of daylight, they'll collect more candy."

A 2020 story in USA TODAY also mentioned the Halloween-daylight saving time tie: "Lobbyists for the golf industry told Congress in 1986 that just one hour of extra natural light during the day would result in about $200 million in extra sales; the barbecue industry estimated that extra revenue for them would be around $100 million. The candy lobby wanted to benefit as well, claiming that one more hour of sunlight on Halloween would result in more trick or treating and therefore more candy purchases," the story states.

In reality, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended daylight saving time from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March (three or four weeks earlier than the previous law), and in the fall from the last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in November (one week later than the previous law), according to a U.S. Department of Energy report. It went into effect in 2007.

Which cities in Florida are not in the Eastern Time Zone?

Most of Florida is in the Eastern Time Zone, except for Pensacola, Panama City, Marianna, Chipley, Defuniak Springs, Valparaiso, Fort Walton Beach and Crestview.

Does daylight saving time affect Floridians in Central Time Zone?

Yes. Central Time can be a big frustration for Pensacolians and other Panhandle residents. In a work sense, it could be very difficult scheduling meetings if you're on CT and a colleague is in the Eastern Time Zone.

When is daylight saving time 2024?

Daylight saving time for 2024 will be at 2 a.m. EST Sunday, March 10, for "spring forward" and 2 a.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 3, for "fall back."Fun fact:Election Day 2024 is Tuesday, Nov. 5, two days after daylight saving time.

What is the Sunshine Protection Act?

Daylight saving time has been a divisive issue for a long time, so much so that Florida politicians have attempted to end the practice permanently over the years via the Sunshine Protection Act.

TheSunshine Protection Actwould permanently extend daylight saving time from eight months of the year to the full 12 months. The bill wasfirst introduced in January 2021 by Buchananand reintroduced bySen. Marco Rubio, R-Floridaand seven other bipartisan members of Congress in March 2022. The bill would make daylight saving time permanent across the U.S. The measure has not yet been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, nor has it been signed into law by President Biden.

Clickhereto read the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021 bill

Did the Sunshine Protection Act pass?

The Sunshine Protection Act of 2021 passed the Florida Legislature, but Florida could not implement the law without Congress' approval. It did not pass the U.S. House.

Rubio sponsored the bill in the Senate while Buchanan filed the House companion bills.

According to thebill on, all actions have taken place in March — in 2021, Rubio introduced it; in 2022, the House "held at the desk," which means they never voted on it.

On March 2, 2023, 12 U.S. senators reintroduced legislation that would make daylight saving time − commonly referred to as daylight savings time, daylight-saving time, and daylight's saving time (all are incorrect, by the way, according to Associated Press Style) − permanent, nearly a year after the Senate voted unanimously to end changing the wall clocks twice a year.

Another strong supporter ofnixing daylight saving time? Sen. Rick Scott. In 2018 when he was Florida governor, Scott signed legislation aimed at putting the Sunshine State on year-round daylight saving time — but such a change required congressional approval. Scott is one of the legislators who reintroduced the Sunshine Protection Act of 2023.

Is it daylight savings time, daylight saving's time, daylight saving time?

It's daylight saving time. No hyphen, no apostrophe and no extra S in the phrase. Also, no capitalization. However, for people searching the term online, these results come up: "Daylight Saving Time," "daylight savings" and "daylight savings time."

What does "spring forward, fall back" mean?

According, daylight saving, commonly referred to as daylight savings, "is begun in the spring by setting clocks one hour ahead. They are then set one hour back in the fall. ... People often use the simple mnemonic spring forward, fall back to remember to set clocks forward one hour (e.g., from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m.) in the spring and backward one hour (e.g., from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m.) in the fall."

Who's in charge of daylight saving time?

The U.S. Department of Transportation oversees the nation's time zones and the uniform observance of daylight saving time, according The oversight of time zones was assigned to the DOT to help keep track of transportation. The DOT manages daylight saving time and cites energy reduction and reduced crime as reasons for the time change.

Which states don't observe daylight saving time?

Arizona and Hawaii do not recognize DST. There's also no need to change the clocks in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.

Which states don't want to observe daylight saving time?

More than 30 states are considering legislation related to the practice of changing clocks twice a year, and seven states — Alabama, Arkansas, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and Florida — have already approved the legislation. However, these states still need the OK from Congress to enact the change.

Which countries observe daylight saving time?

Daylight saving time is used in more than 70 countries worldwide and affects more than a billion people each year. The beginning and end dates vary from one country to another.

What are the pros of daylight saving time?

If permanent daylight saving time takes effect, the biggest pro by far would be no sleep disruption. No need to change your clock twice a year before, at or after 2 a.m. on a Sunday in the fall and spring.

Other perks would be more time during the day to be out and about, and experts say it's better for your health — no sleep disruption. No preparing-for-bed or waking-up habits to change.

What are common complaints about daylight saving time?

Likely the No. 1 complaint about daylight saving time is the disruption of sleep and habit.

Safety is another hot topic: Schoolchildren at bus stops became the issue, and after eight Florida school kids died in accidents, then-Florida Gov. Reuben Askew led an effort to curtail daylight saving time to eight months between late February and late October.

Contributing: Lisa Nellessen-Savage, Pensacola News Journal, and Antonio Fins, Palm Beach Post

Sangalang is a lead digital producer for USA TODAY Network-Florida. Follow her onTwitteror Instagram at@byjensangalang. Support local journalism.Consider subscribing to a Florida newspaper.

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