New Petition Aims To Improve Halloween
Activists working to observe Halloween on the last Saturday in October
By: Halloweekend USA
The Halloweekend USA campaign was created by Koren Young from Santa Clarita, California. He says, "Celebrating Halloween on a work night isn't feasible for everyone. There's no reason it shouldn't be observed on a weekend every year." Alicia Moore, a mother of three in Fresno, California says, "Less people participate in handing out candy if it's a weeknight, so the trick-or-treating experience suffers for the kids." Berri Winnick, a retired elementary school teacher in Los Angeles adds, "It's difficult to teach the kids on November 1st when they're tired from the night before and loaded up with sugar. They really need a weekend to recover."
The petition claims many benefits to adopting this resolution. "More adults will be able to attend parties with their peers without using a sick day. Children will be able to enjoy more bountiful trick-or-treating later at night and then return to school after the weekend refreshed and ready to learn. The Halloween industry who earns 7 billion dollars annually could greatly increase their revenue by tripling the number of people who are able to stay out late and celebrate on Halloween."
Many holidays fall on the same day of the week each year. Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday. Presidents Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day are celebrated on Mondays. Father's Day, Mother's Day, and Easter are always on Sundays. Holidays like New Years Day, Independence Day, and Christmas Day could occur on any day of the week, but are recognized federal holidays.
There are some traditionalist who don't like the idea of changing the holiday. Becky Newman of Gresham, Oregon commented via Facebook, "Halloween is an ancient holiday and should never be changed just because it isn't convenient for you." Many American holidays have had their dates changed. In fact, there is a precedent for changing the day of the week on which a holiday is observed. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day to the fourth Thursday in November. In 1968, Congress enacted the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which established the observance of Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, and Columbus Day, and Veterans Day on Mondays instead of their original fixed dates.
Supporters of this idea are encouraged to sign the petition and share it with their friends. The link can be found at http://www.halloweekendusa.com.