"Wards at St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries are never busier than at Hallowe'en. There's still a wizard in there with his head on back to front from last year."
-- Stamford Jorkins, Ministry of Magic spokesperson (DP4)
Hallowe’en is the one time of year when wizards can be “out and about” without arousing the suspicions of Muggles, so the plans announced by Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge have not been received very well by the wizarding world. Celestina Warbeck, the Singing Sorceress, and others interviewed by the Prophet protested the decision.
Cornelius Fudge likes a quiet life, so his support of these restrictions are very much in character.
Although the date printed on the fourth Daily Prophet Newsletter (DP4) is 1 October 1999, the timeframe for this event is 1992-1993.