Halloween moved to Saturday

1 in 4 Canadians want Halloween moved to Saturday every year

With the possible exception of St. Patrick's Day, Halloween is the most raucous costumed party night Canada celebrates all year.

October 31 is usually a hoot for kids and adults alike, with candy and eye candy driving them into respective festive frenzies.

November 1 can thus get quite messy — which is fine when it falls on a Sunday and everyone can sleep in. When Halloween falls on a weekday, as it does this year, All Saints Day sucks for everybody.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the nation are expected to go to work or school this Friday morning with brutal hangovers (both of the booze and sugar variety), prompting some experts to preemptively wonder: What if Halloween were always held on Saturdays?

An online petition launched last year by the New Jersey-based Halloween and Costume Association had racked up more than 150,000 signatures in support of the move as of Tuesday.

The trade organization argued that trick-or-treating would be safer for children on a low-traffic day, when the sun is still out, and that moving Halloween permanently to the last Saturday of every month would lead to a "safer, longer, stress-free celebration."

Several other American groups have started similar initiatives in a bid to see Halloween officially pushed to the weekend, permanently.

To find out if Canadians are on board, the Vancouver-based public opinion polling and analysis firm Research Co. conducted a survey of 1,000 adults across the country.

Some 41 per cent of respondents said they would support celebrating Halloween on a Saturday every year in Canada, according to Research Co. president Mario Canseco. Forty-three per cent said the opposite.

Interestingly, more men were in favour of moving Halloween to Saturday forever than women, at 49 per cent and 36 per cent, respectively.

Canadians aged 18 to 34 were, perhaps not so surprisingly, more in favour of the move than any other demographic, and Quebec was found to like the idea most with 53 per cent of residents saying they'd support observing Halloween on the last Saturday of every month

There are no plans, whatsoever, in the works to make this happen, as far as public knowledge goes. It's interesting to think about nonetheless.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns


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