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Should Halloween Always Be on a Saturday?

An online petition suggests that moving Halloween to the last Saturday of October would make Trick-or-Treat safer and less stressful.




An online petition to celebrate Halloween each year on the last Saturday of October, rather than October 31, has nearly 70,000 signatures. 

The Halloween and Costume Association (We bet they have a cool office dress code.) started the petition, arguing that forcing kids and their parents to rush home from school or work, gobble down dinner and scurry out to Trick-or-Treat, is not only stressful and a hassle, but dangerous. It says there are 3,800 Halloween-related injuries every year.

"It's time for a safer, longer, stress-free celebration," it argues. "Let's move Halloween to the last Saturday of October."

And to whom does one submit such a culture-shifting idea? Well, HCA intends to send its petition to the President of the United States. Okay.

So what do you think about moving Halloween to Saturdays forever? Yes, it would eliminate the scramble of a work/school/dinner/costume dash. And as the HCA notes, adults like to celebrate Halloween too.

"51 percent of millenials say Halloween is their favorite holiday," HCA says. "Why cram it into two rushed, evening, weekday hours when it deserves a full day," (It actually ended that quote wih an exclamation point, question mark and another exclamation point, but, no.)

We have to give HCA credit for being upfront about its motivation. At least they didn't disguise themselves as a grassroots "Citizens Afraid of Scary Wednesday Trick-or-Treating." But for those of us who don't make money off of costumes and candy, does this sound like a good idea?

Our sentimental side says no. We cherish the memories of running home to get ready and try to be one of the first to hit the streets for our pick of the best candy. But our parental side knows how much less stressful if we had a full Saturday to prepare every year. 

We'd come to a conclusion, but it's only July and we have other things on our mind, like what to do with the kids for the rest of the summer. If you feel the same way, maybe this will help.

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