The Halloween Costume Association (which is apparently a thing) has created an online petition to change Halloween from October 31st to the last Saturday of October.

If you trace Halloween's origin back to the Celtic festival of Samhain, it was always celebrated on October 31st, a midway point between the equinox and solstice. Since we no longer have to worry about "the end of the harvest season", why not just let the holiday become a 'floater' and shift the date around?

Normally I'm a traditionalist, but I'm totally down with making just about every holiday a floating holiday. Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving all have different dates each year; let's expand the list! I'd even support making Christmas the next-to-last weekend in December, because it's an annoying hassle to have a vacation day in the middle of the week. Who wants to work Monday, be off Tuesday, then back to work Wednesday through Friday? Just make every holiday a three-day-weekend and I'll sign the paper.

Halloween would be a great floating holiday! Kids won't have to worry about running around on a school night if trick-or-treating was always on a Saturday. Once you're past trick-or-treating age, having a nice party on a Saturday night is perfect.

Have I convinced you, or are you still a 10/31 loyalist?

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