- A petition to move Halloween from October 31st to the last Saturday in October has gone viral.
- So far, it's received 70,000 signatures, with the ultimate goal of 75,000.
- The Change.org petition was created by the Halloween & Costume Association, asking for a "safter, stress-free Halloween."
Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition asking President Donald Trump to move Halloween from October 31st—All Hallows Eve—to the last Saturday in October, in order to make trick-or-treating easier on both parents and kids.
The Halloween & Costume Association is asking for a "safer, stress-free Halloween" in a Change.org petition that so far has accumulated more than 71,000 (!) signatures. Ultimately, the organization is hoping to reach 75,000.
Because Halloween often falls on a weekday, kids end up trick-or-treating after school, and since it gets dark early in October (duh), many children end up trick-or-treating in dark, some unsupervised. In fact, according to the petition, "70 percent of parents don’t accompany their children trick-or-treating," and there are apparently "3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year."
The petition even includes an argument to get millennials, who likely spend Halloween at a house party, on board. "51 percent Of Millennials say Halloween is their favorite holiday," it reads. "Why cram it into two rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day?" (Tbh, I'm convinced.)
The Halloween & Costume Association (HCA) describes itself as the "preeminent authority on Halloween" and says it "serves as a non-profit voice of the industry," on its website. It was incorporated in 2005 and was previously known as the Halloween Industry Association.
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And while Halloween might be a light-hearted holiday, the Halloween industry is no joke—last year, Americans spent $9 billion celebrating the occasion, according to the National Retail Federation. The HCA represents the entire Halloween industry and produces industry events like the International Halloween Show and the Halloween and Party Expo. Its mission statement is reportedly to "promote and grow the safe celebration of Halloween and year-round costumed events throughout North America."
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