100,000 People Have Signed A Petition To Change The Date For Halloween
The holidays can be rough. Which holidays? Any of them, really. Let’s go through the list. If you’re single (and especially if you’re very recently single), Valentine’s Day is the worst. It seems like international “Remind You That Nobody Loves You Right Now” day, and everyone is happy to celebrate and shove it in your face. The Fourth of July? If you have dogs, have fun reassuring them that it’s all going to be okay all night long as maniacs outside blow up whatever they can because, you know… ‘Merica.
Then of course there’s Thanksgiving and the winter holidays where you have to spend way too much money on inflated airline tickets to spend your precious free time with your family and desperately try to avoid getting into political discussions that will result in huge fights. Then, before you know it, it’s Valentine’s Day again. Yaaaaaay. Luckily, in the middle of all this, there is one holiday that is still pure and wonderful. However, as great as it is, there’s a growing movement to change it…
Come and have a sit, friends. We’re about to get real with you. Halloween is the best holiday there is.
That isn’t an opinion, it’s a fact. October 31st is the greatest date on the calendar whether you’re a young child or a senior citizen.
It’s a wonderful release to get you prepared for the holidays coming up afterward, which are way scarier than anything on Halloween. And if you don’t believe us, let’s count the ways that Halloween rules.
First of all, how can you not love how the whole world turns into a spooky movie for those last few weeks in October?
It’s weird to say that being scared is fun, but it totally is. It’s a physiological joy to be scared and then realize it was just a joke.
In a way, being scared makes you feel more alive, and appreciate your life more. Plus, haunted house attractions are a blast to walk through. And this isn’t even the best part of the holiday…
Trick Or Treating
Come on, you knew it was going to be this. Everyone loves candy, and we got tons of it.
And how did we do it? By walking door to door and showing off our costumes. Yup, costumes are the best part.
You know how we know? Because to this day as adults, we all still love dressing up and going to Halloween parties on October 31st. However, that may all be changing very soon. You may have to prepare to kiss Halloween on this day goodbye.
We’re living in a day and age where if you don’t like something, you can easily get thousands of people to protest it.
The final season of Game of Thrones was terrible, and well over a million people signed a petition for it to be re-done.
Now, a petition has been going around that wants to change the date of Halloween. As absurd as this sounds at first, it already has over 100,000 signatures and… it isn’t the worst idea?
Are you giving your screen a Michael Myers head tilt in confusion at that last statement?
The petition suggests that Halloween be moved from October 31st to the last Saturday of October every year. And based on the number of signees, many people like that idea.
Look, we don’t want to sound like Halloween traitors. We spent all this time hyping it up to let you know just how much it means to us. But here’s why this may be a great idea…
When Halloween is on a fixed date every year, that means it’s never consistent on what day it will fall.
Remember growing up and being excited all year to go Trick or Treating, only for it to fall on a Tuesday or some other day in the middle of the week?
You had school the next day, so your parents would tell you that you had to pack it in early because you couldn’t stay up that late on a weeknight.
Plus, there was nothing worse than trying to go to school the day after Trick or Treating.
The night before, you were a zombie or a ninja or a superhero, and now you have to learn about division or whatever? No thanks.
Not to mention the fact that you were all jacked up on sugar, so you know that you didn’t get any sleep the night before, so being able to learn anything new on November 1st was always next to impossible.
However, when Halloween fell on a Friday or Saturday, that was always the best. Friday and Saturday Trick or Treating was unparalleled.
You got to stay out extra late, and then when you came home you could count up your candy haul a little longer.
And best of all… you could sleep in the next day! Your parents appreciated it as much as you did. We know it’s traditional to have the holiday on the 31st, but every Halloween being on a Saturday is too good to pass up.
Not only will it be more fun for the kids, but it will also be a lot safer.
Because when Halloween falls on a weeknight, that means that they can’t start their candy collecting adventure until their parents get back from work.
That means that they will start when it’s already dark, meaning less visibility for drivers. But when you have it on a weekend, it means that you can start earlier and do the bulk of it while there’s still light out.
Safer, Longer, Stress-Free
Posted on Change.org, the petition insists that in changing the date from the 31st to the last Saturday of the month, Halloween will become a “safer, longer, stress-free celebration.”
This initiative was launched by the nonprofit Halloween And Costume Association.
It was launched a while ago, but it’s starting to pick up steam now that we’re approaching the holiday. Its goal is to make it to 150,000 signatures, and it looks like they won’t have any issue reaching that.
“It makes more sense to have it always on a Saturday so that we don’t have to worry about getting the kids home and in bed early for school the next day,” one person wrote.
“Also, for most people, they wouldn’t have to worry about working that day or the day following.”
It’s an idea with merit and it obviously has a ton of supporters behind it. But once they reach their goal, what are the next steps?
To The President
Once it reached 150,000 signatures, it will be sent to President Trump for his consideration on the matter.
So, is it realistic that this will make the change they all so desperately want? Well… not really, as it turns out.
Though it definitely has good intentions, the president can’t actually do anything to change the night of Halloween, since it’s not an official national holiday. However, there is still hope, even though it’s a bit of a long shot and would require a Halloween miracle.
If for some reason President Trump is moved by this idea, he can take action to try and make it a reality.
He could push the legislative branch of the government to pass a bill making Halloween a government regulated holiday, at which point he could then sign it into law.
However, that’s a mighty big “if.” Considering all the other issues going on these days, changing the date of Halloween is likely low on the totem pole of priorities.
Then again, maybe there is hope. Perhaps Trump has a soft spot for the holiday.
After all, based on his artificial skin tone, what’s his favorite color? Why, the same color as the pumpkin pales kids use to collect their candy.
And you can’t look at a candy corn and not immediately think of our Commander in Chief. Considering how many laws they failed to pass, this would be an easy one, and it’s something any person of any political leaning could get behind.
So for now, even though it will definitely get enough signatures, we wouldn’t hold our breath on getting this petition’s goal to be made real.
We wish every Halloween fell on a Saturday, but it just doesn’t seem likely that it will be made into a federal holiday (as much as it totally should be).
So kids, listen to your parents, try to do well in school the next day and be safe out there. And parents… bring lots of coffee for yourself, cause it may be a long weeknight.