While Halloween celebrations seem to last for days, the holiday itself has and always will be on October 31st, right? Well, not if some folks have a say in it.
Believe it or not, a group calling itself the Halloween & Costume Association has started a Change.org petition to change the date of Halloween from October 31st to the last Saturday in October, arguing it would make for a “Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration!”
“Why cram it into 2 rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day!?!” the group argues, noting that Halloween itself can be dangerous because parents don’t usually take proper precautions and most parents don’t accompany their kids trick or treating.
And it turns out a lot of people agree. The petition so far attracting over 24,000 of the 25,000 signatures needed. “It makes more sense to have it always on a Saturday so that we don’t have to worry about getting the kids home and in bed early for school the next day,” one woman commented. “Also, for most people, they wouldn’t have to worry about working that day or the day following.”
Of course there are plenty of people are opposed to it, calling out the petition as being motivated by money. “This is ridiculous. People already celebrate the weekend before regardless of what day of the week it falls on. You clearly do not know the origins of Halloween,” one writes, while another adds, “The ONLY reason they want the date changed is for money reasons. The more people trick or treat, the more costumes sold, the more money in their pocket! Get real!!”
Personally, I don't necessarily think this petition is motivated by money...but think that people can suck it up for one day a year. It was so much fun to go to school dressed up on Halloween (though I'm not even sure if they do that anymore...people are so uptight and complain about everything, so they've probably pulled the plug on that one) ...and it was fun to have something to look forward to during the week! I don't think our parents minded having to take us trick-or-treating on a school night, because it was fun for them too!
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