BALTIMORE (WJZ/KYW) — Would it be easier for you if Halloween were on a Saturday and not just on whichever date Oct. 31 lands?

The Halloween & Costume Association wants to move Halloween to the last Saturday of October.

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They say eliminating Halloween from falling on a school night would ensure for a “safer, longer, stress-free celebration.”

The petition, “Join the Saturday Halloween Movement,” cites darkness as its main safety concern and believes starting the celebration earlier in the day could keep kids safer.

According to the petition, 82 percent of parents don’t use high visibility aids on their costume, 63 percent of children don’t carry a flashlight while they trick-or-treat, 65 percent of parents don’t discuss Halloween safety with their children, and 70 percent of parents don’t accompany their children during trick-or-treating.

The group hopes to get at least 10,000 signatures. They currently have more than 7,500 signatures.

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In Maryland, there are several kid-friendly events on the Saturday before Halloween.

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Some communities even have a Halloween night curfew.

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Comments (2)
  1. Lorri Gustafson says:

    Moving Halloween is bull doo doo. Period. There’s more traffic and accidents on Saturdays than any other day of the week . And more drunken driving on Saturdays. Samhain and Día de Muertos and Halloween and All Hallow’s Eve have been religious holidays for many and are set date, not floating date, holy days. Both my Godsister & I were born on Halloween, Oct. 31 not to mention around 19 million other people here & around the world and parts of our identities are tied up in it. The Halloween and Costume Association just wants to capitalize on & take advantage of Saturdays being big party and drinking days and hope to realize more profits by moving people’s religious holy days & birthdays. Many restaurants give free meals to a person celebrating their birthday. My birthday is HALLOWEEN, so, if TH&CA moves Halloween to a floating date, I should be able to get free meals on whatever date Halloween falls on. Pure fricken bull doo doo. Period.

  2. Lorri Gustafson says:

    If retailers and merchants came up with the idea and are pushing it, you can bet my last Halloween birthday present that it’s all about profit no matter what they’re trying to sell it on being better, safer, longer fun.

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