Halloween takes place on October 31st, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day or All Saint’s Day which is on November 1st. The Christian celebration of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven and the living.
Halloween has always been on October 31st. Now, a few cities want to change the date and time that Halloween is celebrated, so that it's more convenient for families, and safer for children.
The Halloween and Costume Association has started a Change.org petition asking the government to move trick-or-treating to the last Saturday in October. So far, the petition has 29,000 signatures.
According to the petition:
- There are 3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year
- 82 percent of parents don't use glow sticks, reflective tape or other "visibility aids" on costumes.
- 63 percent of kids don't carry a flashlight while they are trick-or-treating.
- 65 percent of parents don't talk about Halloween safety with their kids.
- 70 percent of parents don't accompany their kids trick-or-treating.
- 51 percent of millennials say Halloween is their favorite holiday and hate that they have to cram it on on two hours during a weeknight.
"It makes more sense to have it 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," wrote one person who signed the petition.
"Halloween trick-or-treating for children would be much safer if celebrated during daylight hours, which can only happen on non-school days like Saturday," wrote another.
Also, a few cities are changing the times of Halloween trick-or-treating for kids, but not because of the petition; instead, you can blame Mother Nature. A forecast of heavy rain and possibly a thunderstorm Wednesday night has some southern Indiana communities changing their Halloween trick-or-treating times.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer took to Twitter to warn residents:
Decisions about when to trick-or-treat have to be made at the neighborhood level. With inclement weather expected on Halloween, I'd encourage neighbors to speak with each other about the best date for a safe, fun trick-or-treat.— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) October 29, 2018
Kentucky is also slated to get a downpour on Wednesday too, and many counties have changed times for trick-or-treaters to go out from about 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How far is too far? Should we change Christmas Day to ensure it takes place on the weekend so it’s more convenient for families? Should New Year’s Day take place earlier in the day so kids can be able to stay awake for the countdown?
Halloween is supposed to be the scariest day of the year. It seems to be scarier that people are trying to change the day and time of this holiday.