- More than 100,000 people have signed a petition to change the date of Halloween.
- Those in favor of moving the holiday argue it's safer and more enjoyable for both parents and children.
People have been celebrating Halloween on the last day of October for centuries—but a few hundred-thousand parents are trying to change that.
Last year, a non-profit organization called the Halloween & Costume Association created a petition to change the date, and celebrate Halloween on the last Saturday in October instead.
The "Saturday Halloween Movement" recently resurfaced online and went viral, earning it more than 150,000 signatures in just a few days.
"It's time for a Safer, Longer, Stress-Free celebration!" the organization wrote on Change.org. "Let's move Halloween to the last Saturday of October!"
The description goes on to list a handful of unattributed statistics about "Halloween-related injuries" and the dangers of trick-or-treating at night, suggesting that a Saturday would be a safer and more enjoyable time to celebrate for children and parents alike.
Despite the large number of people eager to change the holiday, there seem to be just as many who think it should be left alone. The petition was quickly met with resistance on social media by Halloween enthusiasts who hold October 31 close to their hearts.
Don’t y’all DARE and try and “change the date” of #Halloween. You can’t. The universe won’t let you. So don’t bother.— oscar (@PoopsMcGoops) July 26, 2019
Others jokingly suggested that Halloween shouldn't be moved, but extended and celebrated for even longer (an idea we can definitely get behind).
petition to move Halloween to the entire month of October and also the other eleven months— Max Booth III (@GiveMeYourTeeth) July 26, 2019
Petitions to move the date of Halloween is irrelevant. We all know Halloween is the entire month of October. Problem solved.— Meagan Navarro (@HauntedMeg) July 25, 2019
Some major candy brands are even taking sides. The official Twitter account for Snickers wrote that if the date is officially changed, they'll give out one million free candy bars to America.
A Thursday Halloween? Not Satisfying. Halloween on the last Saturday of October? Satisfying. If the Fed Govt makes it official, we’ll offer 1 million free SNICKERS to America. Join the petition! https://t.co/EycXXuc0tB— SNICKERS® (@SNICKERS) July 26, 2019
Ultimately, the decision will be left up to the federal government. After the petition is passed on to the White House, an "official update" will be issued within 60 days.
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