Should Halloween's Date Be Changed?

Should Halloween's Date Be Changed?

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The Halloween & Costume Association started a petition 3 months ago. It wants the public's help in asking President Trump to move Halloween from October 31 to the last Saturday of October. 

The petition's writers say they want to make Halloween a safer and stress free celebration. 

"I think it's probably a good idea with the way the kids have to get up in the middle week, then they wouldn't have to get up if it was the last Saturday in October,"  said Karen Blackwell of Sackets Harbor. 

Mark Taylor, principal of the Ohio Street School in Watertown, says he has wanted Halloween to be celebrated on the weekend for a while.

"In the school buildings, kids are hyped on that day so no matter when it falls, it's kind of a wasted day," he said.

The day after Halloween also poses challenges in the classroom.

"A lot of times attendance isn't great, but if they do come in, they are either hyped up on sugar or they're dead because they've been up all night trick or treating," said Taylor.

Taylor says the Watertown City School District now has an early dismissal on Halloween in the elementary schools. Teachers make use of the afternoon by having a staff development day.

"We've found out the last few years that that has worked out pretty well," he said. 

One parent we spoke with doesn't think the Halloween needs to be on a weekend.

"To me, maybe a little earlier would be better so it wouldn't be as cold but it doesn't make sense to change it to the last Saturday of the month," said Theresa Mitchell of Sackets Harbor. 

Some kids don't like idea idea either.

"I wouldn't be able to go to school and show people my costume," said Clayton Mitchell of Sackets Harbor.  

So far more than 30,000 people have signed the petition, but in order for it to be looked at by the White House, it need to have to have 100,000 signatures. 
 

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