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Petition to change Halloween’s date is reaching its goal

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — 60,000 petitioners, and counting, want to change Halloween to the last Saturday in October instead of the 31st.

The petition was launched on Change.org in 2018 by trade organization Halloween & Costume Association. The argument is that by moving Halloween to a Saturday more parents could accompany their children to go trick-or-treating, and more time for celebration.

Despite being over a year old, the petition has not yet met its goal of 75,000 signatures, WCPO reported.

“It makes more sense to have it always on a Saturday so that we don’t have to worry about getting the kids home and in bed early for school the next day.” Danielle Paris commented on the petition. “Also, for most people, they wouldn’t have to worry about working that day or the day following.”

According to the History Channel, the date of the holiday was established in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, WCPO said.

“Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31,” the History Channel says, “and Halloween 2019 occurs on Thursday, October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.”

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