There is a petition currently in play online that asks people to change the date of Halloween to the last Saturday in October — during the daylight hours!
Halloween is celebrated on Oct. 31 because according to History.com:
“It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain.” Thus the night before was deemed All Hallows Eve and later Halloween.
The petition throws history out the window in lieu of safety and proposes that celebrating Halloween on the weekend is a lot safer than on a school night.
“It’s time for a Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration!” the change.org petition states, asking, “why cram [Halloween] into 2 rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day!?!”
The Halloween & Costume Association who started this petition claim, “3,800 Halloween-related injuries” happen each year.
Supporters of the petition think it makes sense to move the unofficial holiday to the weekend for both kids and parents:
“I’ve been saying this for years!!” said Brandon Mumme. “It only makes since [sic] to do something like this so the kids can celebrate Halloween and not have to worry about school the next day. Not only that but adults can enjoy a Halloween party without having to worry about work.”
Taylor Rinz writes, “I agree with changing it the last Saturday in October because then the parents arent stressing about school and work the following morning and having to try to get their kids’ sugar rush low enough for them to sleep, lol”
So far 25,073 have signed, they want to get to 35,000
The good news is that nothing really ever comes of these online petitions (who do they submit them to? This one says it’s going to the president of the United States), so it’s probably safe to say Halloween will remain right where it is on the calendar and at night.
What do you think?
Source: Idaho News.