If you’re like most parents and partiers, you hate it when Halloween falls in the middle of the week. Not only do you have to take your kids out trick or treating after a workday, but you also have to worry if they’re going to come home late for school the next day. And if you don’t have kids, you can’t celebrate on the actual day of Halloween because of work and have to figure out whether to go to parties the weekend before or the weekend after.
If you hate it when Halloween falls during the middle of the week, there’s a solution for you. One person is organizing a petition to get the day of Halloween changed, so it always falls on a Saturday. The petition, which proclaims Halloween shouldn’t be crammed “into two rushed weekday evening hours when it deserves a whole day,” would also give you a chance to celebrate it at your leisure on the weekend.
When it comes to holidays, Halloween is pure fun. While some people don’t approve of it, those that celebrate get to wear costumes, eat candy and have fun with friends. But the petition that was launched by the Halloween & Costume Association hopes to change the day Halloween to one that is more convenient for everybody.
Instead of Halloween being on October 31, the petition aims to reschedule the holiday, so it falls on the last Saturday of the month of October. If you ask me, that makes a lot of sense.
The petition has already amassed more than 100,000 signatures and counting.
“51% of millennials say Halloween is their favorite holiday. Why cram it into two rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day?”
The petition is addressed to President Trump, so the ball is in his court to get this changed. But since Halloween is not a federal holiday, federal officials are not responsible for changing the date.
The celebration of Halloween is very old and dates back more than one thousand years. It was originally called All Hallows’ Eve, which was shortened to Halloween. It was a Samhain, a pagan, a holiday celebrated by the Celts in Ireland.
In the eight century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 the day to honor the saints. Saints Day stole traditions from the pagan tradition and became very similar. The even before was therefor known as All Hallows’ Eve.
CNN reported that back then people traveled from door to door “souling,” in which they asked for treats in exchange for song or dance.
The petition hopes to make Halloween safer since it will be on a Saturday which more people have off from work. This could mean that kids could trick-or-treat during daylight hours.
The mission of the HCA is “to promote and grow the safe celebration of Halloween and year-round costumed events throughout North America.”
Safety is the main reason they’re allegedly circulating the petition. However, critics and cynics believe it is just another day for retailers to make more money.
Do you think Halloween should fall on the last Saturday of October?
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