Why should we change Halloweens date? Well, according to the Halloween & Costume Association, there are 3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year. As less people work on a Saturday, these injuries could be cut down.
Aside from that – it’s one of the funnest holidays of the year that is crammed into a few hours on a weekday evening – surely it deserves an entire day off in anticipation of the big night.
The after-school homework routine is tricky enough, even without a kid who just wants to put on a costume and eat candy; early bedtimes curtail what could be hours of trick-or-treating. Even older fans of the holiday are disappointed — it’s hard to have a fun time when you know you need to be back at the office in the morning.
The petition mainly focuses on safety issues that can arise during Halloween. More kids are hit by cars on this night than any other night of the year, and according to the petition most parents don’t use visibility aids, making it harder for drivers to see children.
After months of stagnation, the petition is now gaining traction flying past its initial goal of 75,000 signatures and reaching over 129,000. The association is now planning to send it to President Donald Trump.
Offering more statistics in favor of the date-change, the association said:
70% of parents don’t accompany their children trick-or-treating. You’re never too old to trick-or-treat! Grab a costume and take advantage of some good ol’ fashioned family bonding!
The idea isn’t too outrageous – make a holiday less stressful by always having it on a weekend, meaning kids can stay out later without parents worrying about school the next day. It also means when trick-or-treaters hit the inevitable sugar rush, they have plenty of time to burn out before bed.
The association added some further benefits:
63% of children don’t carry a flashlight while they are tick-or-treating. 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. Discuss safety, pre-plan a route, stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks.
Halloween is a much bigger occasion in the US compared to the UK. Its origins date back 2,000 years ago to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1, and on October 31, they celebrated the ghosts of the dead returning to Earth.
The online reaction to the proposed date-change has been mixed. Some support it, with one Twitter user saying: ‘This would be awesome! It’s one of the best nights for kids & their friends, and it’s the most fun when it’s dark out!’
Another said: ‘I don’t know about it being safer moving it to Saturday, but it’s definitely more practical for the kids. Trick or treating on a school night leaves parents and kids exhausted the next morning.’
Many are against it however, with one Twitter user saying: ‘Christmas next? Move it to June for the weather.’ Another adding: ‘How about we leave the holidays as is and people stop whining and complaining?’
Halloween is a lucrative holiday for retailers, which may be another reason for the push to move the date from the traditional All Hallows’ Eve on October 31. Halloween spending on candy, decorations and costumes tops $9 billion in the U.S., according to the National Retail federation.
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