Halloween and all that comes with it is my favorite time of the year. The cooler weather, the colors of Fall and of course, creepy, scary Halloween decor, movies, etc. With that being said, Halloween is traditionally recognized by October 31st but now, thousands of people have signed a petition to change the date of Halloween. In fact, more than 100,000 people have at this point!
You might be wondering what made this strange petition begin in the first place.
Well, last year it was started by the Halloween & Costume Association. The association is designed to “promote and build the celebration of Halloween in the United States,” according to its website.
The petition was started by them to help encourage a safer Halloween for all.
It’s time for a Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration! Let’s move Halloween to the last Saturday of October! – The organization in their petition.
In addition, they list several statistics and reasons behind the idea to move Halloween. Those being:
- 3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year. Talk to your kids about safety before they head out!
- 82% of parents don’t use high visibility aids on their costume, be sure to incorporate reflective tape, glow sticks, finger lights or light up accessories
- 63% of children don’t carry a flashlight while they are tick-or-treating. Grab a clip-on light if they don’t want to carry one! Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween. Discuss safety, pre-plan a route, stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks
- 65% of parents don’t discuss Halloween safety with their children. Talk with your kids and offer ways to ensure a fun and safe experience
- 70%of parents don’t accompany their children trick-or-treating. You’re never too old to trick-or-treat! Grab a costume and take advantage of some good ol’ fashioned family bonding!
- 51% Of Millennials say Halloween is their favorite holiday, why cram it into 2 rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day!?!
People not only agree, they are signing the petition and asking for the President to make this happen. Currently there is more than 103,000 signatures with a new goal of 150,000 signatures!
Personally, I get why they’d want to change the date for safety reasons but should we change something that has been a tradition for so long? It’d be hard trying to remember Halloween every year without attaching a firm date to it. Maybe that’s just me…
If it did change, Halloween would fall on Saturday, October 26th this year.
So, what do you think? Does Halloween’s date need to be changed?
You can view the full petition here.