Back in the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a day to honor all saints. The evening before, became to be known as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. Now an effort has been started to change the date of Halloween from October 31st.
Saying "It's time for a Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration!" the Halloween & Costume Association, a trade association designed to "promote and build the celebration of Halloween in the United States" has started a Change.org petition to change the date of Halloween. They are hoping to get 75,000 signatures, the trigger at which point it'll be sent to President Donald Trump for consideration. The petition is calling to move Halloween to the last Saturday of October. So this year it would be on October 26th. The reasons are about safety as, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, "Twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween than any other day of the year," and parties that would be so much better on a weekend than a weekday.
As of 7 this morning, more than 66,000 people had signed the petition. If you'd like to sign, simply click here.