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But what does "official holiday" mean anyway?

If "official" means it's a paid holiday for everyone from the Feds, the state on down to most businesses the kids get a day off school, then it's not. But if "official" means it's a celebrated & recognized all over the world then yeah, it's "official" so I guess it depends on what the official definition of "official holiday" means.

Either way, it's not happening.
 

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If Halloween falls on a weekday, TOT ends up being held the Saturday before the actual holiday in almost every city around me. Usually from 5-7, a few cities do it from 6-8. Ours was tonight from 5-7.
 

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Ok this sets me off a little bit, (warning: This is a rant) but every year I've noticed the advertisements ratcheting up. For the past two weeks I've been seeing commercials with Christmas music (Disney for one, and there's another one or two). Holy COW, we haven't even had Halloween or Thanksgiving for that matter. By the time Christmas is _actually_ here, I'm already burned out thanks to greedy commercialism. I think there was a medical study done somewhere that said Christmas music can cause brain damage or lower the IQ... Ok, that explains a few things in my life... But think of this: if the same sickly commercialism advertised Halloween like the do Christmas -- would it kill Halloween for you? Try to image a song like "The 12 days of Halloween" -- I think my head would explode. So Goggled it and OMG! This is really a thing!? The horror! Ahhhhh!
 

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A bunch of Knee Jerks. Silliness really. Holliday’s have dates, not days. Yay for Trick or Treaters! Have them walk around on a Saturday afternoon. I’m sure the soccer crowd will be in full participation as well as all other youth sports. It is safe, and that’s paramount. But that doesn’t change the date of the Holiday, it changes the “recognized on” day. Like Monday federal holidays. Tattoos for everyone “10/31 for life”
 

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THANK YOU FOR THE TITLE OF THIS THREAD!

I've been telling everyone to look up who is behind the petition! It’s basically it’s a huge marketing ploy because people just spend more money if the holiday is on the weekend.

I see the point of “if it’s still safer, why not?”

Well, the stats they give are not verified and they didn’t/won’t list any resources. (I do plan to look them up when I have the chance.)

My Husband is a First Responder and when I told him about this, his first reaction was it would be a horrible idea. That it could increases the risks of kids being hit by drivers. So not wanting to be like the folks behind this petition, I looked it up. And he was right:

https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/640781002

Saturday AFTERNOON is statistically the MOST dangerous time of the week for roadways. Followed by Saturday evening/night.

Weekday Trick Or Treating is likely safer.

I've seen people try to argue that drunk drivers wouldn't be out early in residential areas. But on days like 4th Of July, how many spend the day 'pre gaming' before the big event that night? It could become just like that. Drunk drivers don't follow 'rules' for where they drive. They kill plenty in neighborhoods. And kids live in the city/urban areas too.

So the whole idea of 'Day ToT' isn't safer. Plus Saturday is a normal work day for many parents. The two main reasons everyone wants it moved. I don't think we should live in a bubble for safety, I just want people to be given facts.

I can honestly admit that I would be pissy about the idea no matter what. Yes, both kids and parents having the day of off and the next is most convenient. But if they had actually facts and evidence that it was the safest option for kids I would begrudgingly be okay with the idea. Nothing is ever going to be convenient for everyone and I’m not going to want to go against the safety of anyone’s children cause of ‘tradition’.

But fear for profit just isn’t cool. It’s just corporate greed disguised as compassion, concern and ‘family first’.

This is some straight up Silver Shamrock shadiness!
 

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Y'all... this comes up every single year as far back as I can remember. It's a clickbait article. They want to stir things up and get the folks talking so their article gets lots of views.

It will never happen. Same as Christmas, or any other holiday tied to a specific date. Might as well expect folks in the U.S. to celebrate Independence day on the first Saturday of July instead of the 4th, or British folks to not "remember" the 5th of November... <img src="http://www.halloweenforum.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
I’m in the Houston area too (between Galveston and Houston) and this has been getting crazy traction around here! All the ‘Mom Groups’ are jumping behind it big time.
We noticed that this year all the local news outlets went with the ‘sex offender danger’ is (which is annoying to begin with since Texas is a ‘No Candy’ state) and joked it was because they get trolled really hard on social media when they try the ‘drugs in the candy’ stories now.
But then out of nowhere all the local networks have pushed this, tons of national outlets and every Mom blog.
Just in the last 24 hours we have been bombarded some much with this from everyone we know, we basically have a ‘statement’. (The joys of being the local ‘Halloween Family’!)
Just this evening after the local carnival I told my Husband I’d come on here and see what y’all were saying.
And of course we are doing NOTHING this year. (Harvey recovery. Still. *annoyed noises*) So it’s like we can’t ‘fight back’ or something.
 

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Not for it. Here it makes no difference the times are the same. I believe it would actually be less safer since people seem to always forget about the holidays that come on the "what ever day of what ever week" until the last minute. Unless they have a paid day off. Besides it screws with the schedule to get set up in time. 🙂
 

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I'm all for the last Sat idea. That gives me Friday night for the final touches on the house and yard, all day Sat to enjoy the holiday and then all day Sun to break everything down. It's perfect for me.
 

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Being that Halloween is not a federal holiday, asking President Trump to change it will literally do nothing. I don't think a change will ever happen, as everyone is so used to the 31st that a change would be 99% impossible.
 

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What a bunch of BS!!!! #1 It’s not about the costume companies. I would much rather folks make their own. #2 it’s not about the proper day of the week to troll for candy! Why don’t we just make every single holiday on the best day for the corporations?!?!?
 

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there will be more drunks out starting Friday afternoon and going thru the weekend so I don't see it being any safer. Not sure which is safer to be around drunk drivers or people using cellphones while pointing their vehicle in the general direction they want to go. Spent about fifteen years riding a motorcycle from one side of Houston to the other when I worked for a living and people on cell phones were by far the worst drivers out there. Hang up and drive.
 

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I know it'll never happen. But frankly I'm not a fan of the 31st. The weather always sucks the last week of October. Always a storm to wait out when decorating. At best it's just windy on the 31st which is no bargain. Plus I'd love Halloween after the clocks roll back, although THAT is what should really end. Weekend Halloween isn't great either. Tot counts are low because everyone throws a party instead. Plus you have to be set up earlier because they can start earlier. I love knowing that I have most all day till 5pm for more set up before anyone shows up. That alone is a big deal for me. So I'd be torn with Halloween ever being moved to a weekend for good.
 
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