Halloween can be lots of fun for the whole family, but let’s be honest: it’s mainly for the kids. While the little ones are collecting Reese’s and staying out past their bedtimes, parents are sacrificing a lot behind the scenes. In an effort to make Halloween more enjoyable for both parents and their kids, the Halloween & Costume Association launched a petition to move the holiday from October 31st to the last Saturday of the month.
This is not the first time people have tried to move the holiday but the current petition, hosted on Change.org, has 58,980 signatures and counting and strives to make Halloween a “safer, longer, stress-free celebration.” Having Halloween on a Saturday would mean parents could take kids trick-or-treating during the daylight hours. It can be tricky to get out of work early enough to go trick-or-treating, and even if you do, there’s not much time before the streets get dark (and potentially dangerous). Not to mention, kids can get super cranky during the late-night hours.
In addition to recruiting signatures, the petition shares some statistics regarding Halloween safety. “63% of children don’t carry a flashlight while they are (trick)-or-treating,” one bullet point reads. “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.”
When you think about it, it really makes a lot of sense. There’s no pressing need for Halloween to be on October 31, aside from the tradition we’ve all become used to. Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday, so why not have Halloween follow suit and become a permanent weekend holiday?