A movement started by the Halloween & Costume Association to change the date of Halloween is gaining momentum across the country, as Americans are re-thinking the best time to trick-or-treat.

On the H&CA's website they say:

It's time for a Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration! Let's move Halloween to the last Saturday of October. Sign the national petition to move Halloween!

The argument is that moving Halloween to a Saturday each year not only moves the holiday from a school-night, but a Saturday holiday would allow events to start earlier in the day, reducing darkness related injuries.

According to the Halloween & Costume Association:

  • There are 3,800 Halloween related injuries each year.
  • 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 tick-or-treating. Grab a clip-on light if they don’t want to carry one!
  • 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.
  • 70%of parents don’t accompany their children trick-or-treating. You’re never too old to trick-or-treat!

Happy Halloween!

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