Tens of thousands sign petition to move the date of Halloween
Meridian, Mississippi, Belleville, Illinois, and certain towns in Virginia all have age limits on trick-or-treating. Those over 12 caught with a candy bag in-hand face a hefty fine. But even those who aren't allowed to trick-or-treat - or rather, think they're too old for it - want more time to celebrate Halloween.
At the time this article was written, more than 69,000 people have signed a change.org petition to move the date of Halloween. That's right, these brave souls are looking to change a whole holiday that has been around since the 1700s. And I'm here for it.
The movement calls for shifting the day of celebration from the usual October 31 to the last Saturday of the month. This way, participants will have more time to celebrate and relax. While this fall, October 31 is on a Thursday, if we move Halloween to Saturday, it will be on October 26. An ideal date.
The Halloween and Costume Association came up with the idea last year. Their goal is to reach 75,000 signatures. Once that happens, they can send the form straight to Trump himself.
The petition argues that shifting the date will create a safer, longer and more stress-free experience for kids and adults alike. The website even boasts a handful of interesting safety statistics like:
"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 side walks and use cross walks."
Though the main reason for the shift seems to be to please the youths: "51% Of Millennials say Halloween is their favorite holiday, why cram it into 2 rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day!?!"
And it's true. As a borderline millennial, I'm a hoe for Halloween. Even if you're not trick-or-treating, why not decorate the house with skeletons and serve some festive appetisers just because? Maybe jump out from a bush to scare your best friend? The possibilities are endless with the amount of time we could have.
Make this spooky cheesecake if you're looking for a festive dessert:
And the public agrees. Those who commented on the post were at no loss of support. Many said that it would be less of a struggle to get their kids - or themselves - up the following day. Also, it would be much safer to celebrate Halloween in broad daylight, which is only feasible on the weekend if kiddies spend all day learning.
If you're as much of a die-hard Halloween fan as these suckers, hop on board and offer your signature. You never know what an extra day of celebration might bring.