With over 150,000 signatures, an online petition to move Halloween to the last Saturday of October garnered a lot of attention this year. Americans, however, seemed divided over the issue. The same petition is now calling for a National Trick-or-Treat Day in addition to Halloween. Has this new twist changed public opinion in any way? Piplsay (powered by Market Cube) reached out to 38,000 Americans to find out how accepting they are of both proposals.
It’s that time of the year when zombies, vampires, and superheroes roam the streets and lurk around corners. Halloween is officially here, marking the beginning of the much-awaited holiday season. This year, however, Americans will wake up to a petition asking for an additional day of Halloween celebrations on the last Saturday of October. Piplsay polled 38,000 Americans to find out what they think about this call for a National Trick-or-Treat Day, as well as the petition’s previous demand to shift Halloween altogether to the last Saturday of October. Here’s what we found.
Changing the Halloween Date
With close to 77% of American families taking part in Halloween festivities every year, the holiday, no doubt, is one of the most beloved in the US. When Americans were questioned about a viral petition asking President Trump to move Halloween from October 31st to the last Saturday of October, close to 40% seemed unaware of it. Among the 61% who knew about the petition, a good 50% of them said they did not sign it.
Of those dismissing the petition, a majority believe that the demand for a date change undermines the age-old tradition of celebrating Halloween on the 31st of October every year. Only about 20% of Americans consider shifting Halloween to the last Saturday of October to be a good move.
Ready For a Double Treat?
The older petition has now been tweaked, and it asks for a safer, longer and a bigger National Trick-or-Treat Day alongside Halloween. Interestingly, this newly revised petition seems to have gotten everybody’s attention even before its formal launch on October 31. Already, a whopping 82% of Americans know about the petition. While some 18% of them plan on signing the petition when it launches, another 15% are still undecided about the idea of celebrating two Halloweens.
When asked how celebrating Halloween on a Saturday would work for Americans, the majority of adults focused on children’s safety and fun over their own comfort. So, will the demand for a National Trick-or-Treat Day gain traction? Only time will tell. But, whether it’s on the weekend or not, Americans are more than happy to celebrate Halloween into the night.
Survey Methodology: This Piplsay survey (powered by Market Cube) was conducted nationwide in the US in the month of October 2019. We received 38,000 responses from individuals aged 18 years or older.