The campaign to change Halloween from 31st of October is going insanely viral and now it is up to the Trump government to take the final decision.
For years, decades, even centuries, humankind has celebrated Halloween on the 31st of October but it looks like things are finally changing. A petition started by Halloween & Costume Association months ago to move Halloween is suddenly spreading like wildfire and has been signed by over 137,000 supporters already. The campaign is gaining new signatures every minute and, like it or not, it is moving to the White House.
As per the government policy, any petition addressed to the White House which crosses 100k supporters is taken up by the officials who then give an update on the same in about 60 days, as reported by Cafe Mom.
Looks like it is up to the Trump administration now to take the final decision. In the petition, people are demanding that Halloween's date is moved from 31st of October to the last Saturday of the month to make the spooky festival more convenient for everybody.
'It's time for a Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration! Let's move Halloween to the last Saturday of October!' reads the petition. '3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year. Talk to your kids about safety 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.'
The petition further adds the dangers of celebrating Halloween on a weekday, '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!?!'
However, not everybody was in favor of the petition, obviously so when the campaign had about 80k supporters, Halloween & Costume Association updated their request to the White House with some changes and now even the ones who were not on board with the idea are signing it!
'We’ve listened to ALL of your feedback since the petition started in 2018 and view this as an opportunity to truly honor what Halloween is – a celebration of self-expression and unity. While we still believe an end-of-October Saturday observance will promote safety and increase the fun, this year we will be launching a national initiative designed to enhance the Halloween that we all know and love,' reads the update.
'Instead of changing the date that American’s celebrate Halloween, we will be adding an additional day of festivities in partnership with Party City and other brands. National Trick or Treat Day will take place annually on the last Saturday of October so families across the country can participate in community parades, throw neighborhood parties and opt for daytime Trick or Treating,' it adds.
So, basically, Halloween will still be on 31st October and Trick o Treating will be moved to Saturdays? Halloween will be officially celebrated TWO DAYS? Yes, please!!! You can sign the petition here and support the movement.