Should We Move Halloween to the Last Saturday in October?
This year, Halloween fell on a Wednesday. A Wednesday! What should be one of the most fun days of the year happened on a weekday. Kids have school the next day. Most of us have jobs to go to the next morning. So how are we supposed to fully enjoy the holiday if we can't stay up late?
It's really disappointing, but tradition has dictated that Halloween fall on October 31 for centuries. The ancient Celts celebrated Samhain, a festival during which they made great bonfires and danced in costumes to ward off spirits. Traces of their rituals were preserved after Pope Gregory III declared November 1 All Saints Day in the Eighth Century, probably a means of easing the conversion of pagan Brits to Christianity.
So yes, there's traditional grounds for celebrating Halloween on October 31, but should we cling to that here in the States? After all, the holiday isn't a federal one or officially a religious one, and Americans have amended it before. In the late 1800's, there was a widespread attempt to make the day more about community gatherings (fall festivals) than about pranks and celebrating the macabre. That didn't last long, though traces of it remain.
It's probably obvious at this point that I'm pretty biased when it comes to this topic. I'd be all for designating the last Saturday of October Halloween rather than October 31. I've joked about with friends in the past, but now one group is getting serious about it.
An organization calling themselves the Halloween & Costume Association have started a change.org petition asking that President Trump move the holiday. Their goal was set at 50,000 signatures. As of my writing this article, it had already gathered almost 44,000.
Their reasons for moving the holiday center mostly around safety and togetherness.
It's time for a Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration! Let's move Halloween to the last Saturday of October!
3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year. Talk to your kids aboutsafety before they head out!
82% of parents don’t use high visibility aids on their costume, be sure to incorporate reflective tape, glow sticks, finger lights or light up accessories
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 side walks and use cross walks
65% of parents don’t discuss Halloween safety with their children. Talk with your kids and offer ways to ensure a fun and safe experience
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!
51% Of Millennials say Halloween is their favorite holiday, why cram it into 2 rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day!?!
Sign the Petition Today!
They make some good points. And honestly, wouldn't it be nice to be able to make plans for Halloween without having to worry about getting up early for work or school the next day?
I can't be alone on this, if those signatures are any indication. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section!