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Should Halloween Change to the Last Saturday of October?


 A national petition via focuses on a national movement to change Halloween from Oct. 31 to the last Saturday of the month, regardless of what specific calendar date it would fall. The public query has gained more than 140,000 signatures.

Proposed by the Halloween & Costume Association, the petition will be pitched to White House staff for a final decision. Any official date changes would likely take place in future years rather than the current 2019 season. Instead of Halloween as it’s currently known, the celebratory date would be rebranded as National Trick or Treat Day. The organization wrote on its online petition that "it's time for a safer, longer, stress-free celebration!" 

Supporters cite the ability to celebrate for a full day, instead of a few hours at night, with less of a rush to get home in order to prepare for school and office hours the next day.  More children are fatally struck by cars on Oct. 31 than any other day of the year, according to the National Safety Council. More parents could, in theory, accompany their children to trick-or-treat during a weekend night than on a school night. Candy sales, which have dropped in recent years, could also benefit from a full-day celebration that revolves mostly around collecting packaged sweets. 

Those against the petition are quick to point out the movement’s commercial interests and the eschewing of tradition in favor of convenience. 

At Kern County Family Magazine, we reposted a TODAY Parents article about the petition and asked our readers to tell us what they think: Should Kern County consider the idea to move Halloween trick-or-treating? 

The vocal majority was not in favor of moving the celebration. Here’s what some of our readers had to say, both for and against the proposal:

Kara Olson: Yes! It would be so much easier!!!

Pamela Rodgers: Yes yes yes!!!

Christina Martinez-Vas: Why not move it to Saturday? That would make things so much easier for teachers and parents!

Karrie McNeal: As a teacher and parent, keep it the way it is. Just because someone doesn’t like something doesn’t mean we go and change it. You can control YOUR world, not everyone else’s world.

Veronica Gomez: No. It will be hard for the parents who work on Saturday nights. They will not be able to celebrate it with their kids. Why change something that does not need to be changed? 

Tori Ramay: I won’t teach my kids to live for the weekend. Every day is a great time to celebrate. 

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