The ‘September 30th vs. October 1st’ meme is here for Halloween

Today’s the day, everyone! Dust the cobwebs off your spookiest regalia (or add some more) and say hello to October. This is a month that is totally different from September. Like, completely different.

What the hell does September have going for it besides the inability to wear white, a sad anniversary, and national coffee day? Not a whole lot. That’s why the internet has been littered with memes highlighting the superior month while showing what a big difference a day can make.

You’re not spooky when it’s Sept. 30th. But once it hits Oct. 1st, ooh boy.

Some people have embraced the Sept. 30th vs. Oct. 1st meme by not changing at all. And that’s perfectly ok! You do you, blue dumpster, Kanye West, and festive Justin Bieber.

The less popular “Me on Sept. 30 vs. Me on Oct. 1” dates back to Sept. 2015. “Sept. 30 vs. Oct. 1” has endured for much longer, however. It dates back to at least 2014 and really hit the big time with this goth-tastic Lana Del Rey meme.

Given just how hyped up major holidays can be, it makes sense that it would take a person a full month to get ready for Halloween. Sure, stores like Target and Home Depot have you beat when it comes to being way too early, but I guess they don’t get the significance of Oct. 1. When the next president is elected, here’s hoping an executive order follows rallying against premature spookiness.

April Siese

April Siese

A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.