So a group known as the Halloween & Costume Association has started a petition to postpone the Halloween date.
But the day on which we celebrate Halloween from October 31 to the last Saturday in October is changing , the answer?
Thousands of people seem to believe that. As early as Friday morning, nearly 8,000 people had signed a Change.org petition to President Donald Trump asking them to join the "Saturday Halloween Movement", which is calling on the government to celebrate the Halloween celebrations
The petition was launched by the Halloween & Costume Association, a nonprofit organization representing the costume and Halloween industry.
In the petition, the association argues that changing the date becomes a "safer, longer, stress-free celebration".
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No word yet from the White House when Trump is on board.
According to History.com, the origins of Halloween come from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived in the area of Ireland, Great Britain and Northern France 2,000 years ago, celebrated their New Year on November 1st.
This day marked the end of summer, the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of the year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that the night before the new year, the border between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain when it was believed that the spirits of the dead were returning to earth.
The petition provides these statistics and tips:
- There are 3,800 Halloween-related injuries every year. Talk to your children about safety before they go out;
- Eighty-two percent of parents do not use high visibility aids in their costume. Be sure to use reflective tape, light sticks, finger lights or glowing accessories;
- Sixty-three percent of children do not wear flashlights while they're ticks or treats. Grab a licking light if you do not want to wear it!
- More than twice as many children are hit by a car and killed on Halloween. Discuss safety, plan a route, stay on sidewalks, and use zebra crossings
- 65 percent of parents do not discuss safety with their children in Halloween. Talk to your children and provide ways to ensure a fun and safe experience;
- Seventy percent of parents do not accompany their children during treatment. The petition advises parents to wear a costume and join in;
- 51 percent of Millennials say Halloween is their favorite holiday. "Why do you stuff it into two hurried evenings during the week when it earns a full day?" the petition asks.
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