Ah, Halloween. A night when we rush home from work after waiting forever in the drive-thru line at Sonic, only to dress our kids from head-to-toe in their very specially chosen Halloween costumes that we paid too much money for, only so they could wind up completely covered by winter parkas, hats and gloves.
Every parent knows the dreaded drill. Every year, Halloween is a night where we spend two hours at the end of every neighbor’s driveway only to spend another two hours at home, bargaining with sugar-buzzed kids to go to bed because there’s school tomorrow.
Parents and kids alike suffer year in and year out from post-halloween sugar-hangovers, and it’s all just something that could be completely avoided if Halloween was simply on a Saturday.
Well now there’s an official Change.org petition that seeks to make every parent’s Halloween dreams, a reality.
Created by the Halloween & Costume Association, the official petition, dubbed the “Saturday Halloween Movement,” seeks to permanently change the date of Halloween to the last Saturday of October.
Where do we sign?
The organizers want it to be a full day of celebration, much like many fall festivals and Halloween activities seek to accomplish, rather than cramming the holiday into “two rushed evening weekday hours” after school and work.
Sounds like a promising idea to me!
The petition also notes that making Halloween an all-day long event would mean festivities would start earlier. Doing things during the day, or at least getting an earlier start to the trick-or-treating routine would mean a safer experience for kids and parents, along with warmer temperatures, and a lesser chance of kids getting injured while crossing the street at night in their all black grim reaper outfits.
Now that’s a holiday tradition we can get behind!
The petition offers these statistics along with tips for staying safe this Halloween:
- 3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year. Talk to your kids about safety before they head out!
- 82% of parents don’t use high visibility aids on their costume, be sure to incorporate reflective tape, glow sticks, finger lights or light up accessories
- 63% of children don’t carry a flashlight while they are tick-or-treating. Grab a clip-on light if they don’t want to carry one!Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween. Discuss safety, pre-plan a route, stay on side walks and use cross walks
- 65% of parents don’t discuss Halloween safety with their children. Talk with your kids and offer ways to ensure a fun and safe experience
- 70%of parents don’t accompany their children trick-or-treating. You’re never too old to trick-or-treat! Grab a costume and take advantage of some good ol’ fashioned family bonding!
- 51% Of Millennials say Halloween is their favorite holiday, why cram it into 2 rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day!?!
Since it was first launched earlier this year, the petition has garnered more than 29,000 signatures, with a goal of 35,000.