Petition to move Halloween garners over 60,000 signatures

Petition to move Halloween garners over 60,000 signatures
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A petition to move Halloween to the final Saturday of October is gaining significant traction online, notching more than 62,000 signatures as of Thursday evening.

The petition, launched by the Halloween & Costume Association (HCA), aims to reach 75,000 signatures. 


HCA — a trade organization that serves as a nonprofit voice for businesses that manufacture, import and distribute Halloween products — supports the petition, which argues that moving the holiday could be safer for parents and children who are trick-or-treating.

The group said that 3,800 Halloween-related injuries occur annually, adding that 70 percent of parents do not accompany their children while they are trick-or-treating. 

"51% Of Millennials say Halloween is their favorite holiday, why cram it into 2 rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day!?!" the group concluded. 

The group does not indicate how moving Halloween to a weekend would solve issues related to injuries and parental supervision.  

Halloween is celebrated each year on Oct. 31. A number of municipalities already hold trick-or-treating events on days other than Halloween to avoid possible incidents.