Think back to your childhood days of Halloween festivities; you’d run home from school after a day packed with Halloween activities, and eagerly await your parent’s car pulling up in the driveway with takeout steaming up the windows. You’d carve the pumpkins while scarfing down dinner and then get into whatever Ninja Turtle or Princess costume you were dressing up as that year. Running from house to house, you would collect your spoils in oversized pillow cases and binge on it at home before the sugar high came down later than your bedtime, and you’d zonk out on the couch before your parents carried you upstairs. Halloween was a jam-packed day full of activities as a kid, but now that we’re older, it’s just not the same.
Now as a parent you race around in the morning trying to get your kid fed and into a costume for school and then end up late for work. You race home in crazy traffic, picking up greasy takeout on the way, and don’t have a single minute to spare between carving pumpkins, taking photos and getting your kids out the door. Then you walk for an hour or two with the neighbours and stay vigilant so your kid doesn’t fall in the street with that annoying mask on. Once home, your kid just won’t go to bed so you stay up late, cleaning the candy wrappers off the floor and carrying your exhausted child to bed before making them wake up too early the next day; talk about a ghoulish night. But what if it didn’t have to be this way?
A petition on Change.org has been created by the Halloween and Costume Association titled “Saturday Halloween Movement”, and has been signed by over 13,000 people. They’re calling for an end to the October 31st weekday Halloween festivities, and instead making a move to change it to the last Saturday of October each year. The organizers say it should be a full-day of celebrations rather than “two rushed evening weekday hours”, and would reduce the 3,800 Halloween-related injuries that occur each year.
And the move isn’t just for parents; they claim 51 percent of millennials say that Halloween is their favourite holiday, making a two-day weekend the ideal time to party.
Would you sign the petition, or is the 31st a hallowed date for you?