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Petition Asks White House to Change Halloween to Last Saturday of Oct.

A petition on Change.org is nearing its goal of 50,000 signatures to have Halloween moved from October 31, to the last Saturday of the month.

October 31, 2018 - 11:56 am

More than 40,000 people are asking for the White House and President Donald Trump to officially move Halloween to the last weekend in Saturday. 

A petition on Change.org is nearing its goal of 50,000 signatures, as of Wednesday afternoon, to have the trick-or-treating holiday moved from October 31 to the last Saturday of the month. And despite what you may assume, it's not about being able to stay up late and eat candy without worrying about school or work the next day. 

The petition is about a "safer, longer, stress-free celebration." It gives stats and figures about "3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year" and claims "65% of parents don’t discuss Halloween safety with their children." 

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If the petition, which is addressed to Trump, reaches its goal of 50,000 online signatures, there's no immediate change nor any obligation put on the White House. It's more of a way to get the conversation started. 

Since Halloween is not a federal holiday, there's really nothing stopping people or communities from deciding to save the trick-or-treating for the weekend.

KMOX's hosts of Total Information AM had a short discussion on the possibility of changing Halloween this morning: