The Halloween & Costume Association started a petition to change the date of Halloween to the last Saturday of October, that's garnered over 151,000 signatures. The petition states that having the holiday on the Saturday would create a "Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration!" With no luck changing the date, the group has decided to move forward and change the last Saturday of October to "National Trick or Treat Day," to "Create a safe, all day celebration."

Their petition reads:

"It's time for a Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration! Let's ADD a Halloween celebration to the last Saturday of October!

  • 3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year. Talk to your kids about safety before they head out!
  • 82% of parents don’t use high visibility aids on their costume, be sure to incorporate reflective tape, glow sticks, finger lights or light up accessories
  • 63% of children don’t carry a flashlight while they are trick-or-treating. Grab a clip-on light if they don’t want to carry one! Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween. Discuss safety, pre-plan a route, stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks
  • 65% of parents don’t discuss Halloween safety with their children. Talk with your kids and offer ways to ensure a fun and safe experience
  • 12% of children 5 and under go trick or treating without the supervision of an adult. Grab a costume and take advantage of some good ol' fashioned family bonding!
  • 51% Of Millennials say Halloween is their favorite holiday, why cram it into 2 rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day!?!"

The HCA's petition has been backed by large companies like Mars (Snickers, Twix, Milky Way), Skittles, and even has gained attention from The Addams Family's twitter accounts.

Read more at USA Today

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