Your Halloween Tradition May Be Changing This Year—Here’s Why

This could change Halloween forever!

October is right around the corner, and you know what that means—the return of all things PSL, quirky costumes for the kids and, of course, homemade Halloween treats. The whole spooky season leads up to tricks on October 31, but Halloween as we know it may be changing.

Why Parents Want to Change Halloween

It’s pretty common knowledge that Halloween takes place on October 31. For a lot of parents, it’s a night of headaches. The kids have to be dressed and out the door for two hours of trick-or-treating time, which can be tough to manage, and it’s hard to pack all the holiday fun into a school night.

In 2018, a nonprofit organization called the Halloween and Costume Association began a petition to change the date of Halloween. Instead of October 31, they proposed that Halloween take place on the last Saturday of the month. Now, as the petition approaches its goal, the objective has been changed to allow Halloween to stay on Halloween, but provide an extra day of celebration, dubbed National Trick or Treat Day, on a nearby Saturday so kids can really enjoy the festivities. It would allow parents to spend a full day celebrating with their kids. We can’t argue—the request makes sense!

Eating all that candy right before bed won’t make for an easy school day the next morning, and this way, Halloween gets to keep its original date, and kids can trick or treat all Saturday long. Plus, parents would have all day (and night!) to host a haunting Halloween party.

Will You Sign the Petition?

The Halloween and Costume Association started this petition in 2018, but it’s picking up speed once more. Right now, more than 150,000 people have signed. When the quota of 200,000 signatures is met, the petition will be delivered to the President of the United States, and the government will be making the final call on National Trick or Treat Day.

Really, the petition isn’t about breaking tradition but about making Halloween more family-friendly. It technically makes Halloween longer, so what fan wouldn’t be raving about all-day spooks? If you’d like to sign the petition and make your voice heard before October, you can find it here.

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Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.