Should Halloween be celebrated on Saturdays?
Nothing beats giving kids a bunch of sugary treats on a school night, said no parent ever.
But is changing the day we celebrate Halloween from Oct. 31 to the last Saturday in October the answer?
Thousands of people seem to think it could help.
As of Saturday afternoon, nearly 20,000 people had signed a Change.org petition to President Donald Trump, urging him to “Join the Saturday Halloween Movement,” which calls on the government to change the date Americans celebrate Halloween.
The petition was started by the Halloween & Costume Association, a nonprofit that represents the costume and Halloween industries.
In the petition, the association argues that changing the date for trick-ortreating would make it a “safer, longer, stress-free celebration.”
There was no word from the White House on whether Trump is on board.
According to History.com, Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on Nov. 1.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of Oct. 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.