Move Halloween to the last Saturday in October

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Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. According to a 2015 CNN study, a whopping 64% of Americans celebrate each year.

Halloween is currently observed on October 31st every year, which could fall on any day of the week. There are several drawbacks to this current date when it falls on a Sunday-Thursday night. Families with young children have to take the kids trick-or-treating past their bedtime on a school night. Our educators struggle to reach our children when they return to school the next morning tired and with sugar hangovers.

Many adults are not able to participate in Halloween festivities when they occur on weeknights. This means that they're not buying costumes, and not buying drinks or other party supplies. They're going to bed early in preparation for work the next morning. They're not even staying up to pass out candy to the children, making it a crummy experience for the kids.

We the people believe that Halloween needs to be observed each year on the last Saturday in October. There are many benefits to adopting this resolution. More adults will be able to attend parties with their peers without using a sick day. Children will be able to enjoy more bountiful trick-or-treating later at night and then return to school after the weekend refreshed and ready to learn. The Halloween industry who earns 7 billion dollars annually could greatly increase their revenue by tripling the number of people who are able to stay out late and celebrate on Halloween.

Many holidays fall on the same day of the week each year. Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday. Presidents Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day are celebrated on Mondays. Father's Day, Mother's Day, and Easter are always on Sundays. Holidays like New Years Day, Independence Day, and Christmas Day could occur on any day of the week, but are recognized federal holidays.

There is a precedent for changing the day on which a holiday is observed. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day to the fourth Thursday in November. In 1968, Congress enacted the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which established the observance of Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, and Columbus Day, and Veterans Day on Mondays instead of their original fixed dates.

Let's work together so more people can enjoy Halloween each year. Share this petition with your family and friends to get the word out.