Halloween is always celebrated on the 31st of October, but should it be? Some parents are petitioning to change the date of Halloween to make it more like Easter. Here’s what they want.
Despite horror movies, crazy parties, and “sexy” Halloween costumes, the holiday itself is totally a day for children to play dress-up and get treats. As such, having the actual day of Halloween fall on a different day of the week year-to-year is kind of nervewracking. Unlike holidays where families stay home with each other (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah) Halloween is a holiday where you go out with your kids and do stuff. Meaning, if it were just only on the last Saturday of October, every single year, it would make it a lot easier to plan.
Like a lot of petitions of this nature, this one is over on Change.org. As of this writing, the organizers have 18,000 signatures and want to get to 25,000. Interestingly, as of yesterday, they only had 8,000, meaning the number of parents who threw their support into this has nearly doubled in 24 hours.
“Have it always on a Saturday so that we don’t have to worry about getting the kids home and in bed early for school the next day,” said one parent in the petition. Another parent pointed out “Halloween Trick or Treating for children would be much safer if celebrated during daylight hours, which can only happen on nonschool days like Saturday.”
The bottom line is that these parents have a point. Trick or treating is a giant pain in the ass, which is why often going to a Halloween event that isn’t on an actual day ends up being easier anyway. Why not codify that and just have it on a Saturday?
Having Halloween always happen on a Saturday would obviously be better for parents, but probably for partying adults, too. Though, even if the petition organizers get a ton more supporters, what would it really take to get the date changed on the calendar The answer is: Congress. The U.S. Senate would have to actually change the date of Halloween, and make it a Federal Holiday for everyone’s calendars to sync up. And though nearly 20,000 signatures on the internet is impressive, it might not be enough to make the Senate take notice, particularly not when a huge election is looming.
You can sign the petition to make Halloween fall on a Saturday (forever) right here.