Change Halloween to the Last Saturday of October - DUMB IDEA

Fri, July 26, 2019
Once again the very dumb people over at the Halloween and Costume Association think they own Halloween.  They need a reality check because not only do they not own Halloween, their failing association/tradeshow has made one bad decision after another.  This associations tradeshow is a disaster, as their industry has been taken over by Walmart, Target and Amazon.  When will these people ever get a clue?  They supposedly pushed to have the haunt industry removed from their show over a decade ago, then as their show fails each January they realize we need those guys back.    Now all these dumb people want to change Halloween to the last Saturday of October?  Seriously?  

The Halloween retail show is a dying show, with virtually no one attending, compared to the hey day when Transworld operated it.  This dying show/association is clinging to anything to bring attention back to the same group who lost the industry to massive retail giants.  Guys, this isn't the way to do it!   Transworld which use to operate the Halloween show back when over 10,000 people use to pack the show spending millions upon millions.  Now this Halloween retail show is sadly a GHOST TOWN!  But hey they want to shake it up I guess and change Halloween.  The very successful Transworld Halloween and Haunt Show which has over 10,000 attendees, totally disagrees with the position of moving Halloween for multiple reasons. 

Let me shed some light on why this might be the dumbest idea I've heard all year! 

1)  Tradition:  Halloween is a tradition and every October you wait 31 days, this is part of the magic.  There are books, movies, and memories soaked into the fabric of this country that Halloween is the last day of October.  Changing that will ruin the holiday. 

2)  Trick R Treating:  Only once every seven years does Halloween fall on a Saturday.  This is a good thing for trick r treaters because the main reason why the industry blew us is Adults took it over.  The last Saturday in October has been staked out by bars, parties, and adults to dress up and party without their young children.  Moving Halloween to the last Saturday of the October will KILL Halloween for adults.  The last Saturday of October is reserved for Adults.  So take some notes Halloween Association ... trick r treaters own the last day of October and Adults own the last Saturday of October.  Hello is ANYONE HOME?  If you're part of a retail industry then you would appreciate having two different Halloween celebrations not ONE!  DUH!  

3)  Retail:  Celebrating Halloween on the last Saturday will destroy the economics of Halloween in years when the last Saturday is several days prior to the 31st.  The busiest days are the last seven days of October and with this really silly change you might decrease Halloween spending by 25%.  How is this a smart idea?

4)  Safety:  So someone please explain WHY moving Halloween to the last Saturday is going to make Halloween safer?  Parents are more likely to walk with their kids and monitor them if they're not out doing the adult Halloween parties.  

5)  Fun:  Adults created the Halloween explosion by attending haunted houses, creating adult parties, decorating their homes and much more.  Give the Adults their day the last Saturday which they're already owning 110%, and by leaving things as is the Adults can also spend Halloween at home handing out candy or walking with their kids.  Did anyone even consider how many fewer homes would hand out candy on Halloween if it was on Saturday?  They wouldn't be home they'd be out at a party!  HELLO IS ANYONE HOME?


I'm sorry but the people who run this Halloween association they're either really really DUMB, or they're just trying to get PR for their failing association.  It has to be one or the other.  Haunted Houses, Amusement Parks, Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, Farmers, Corn Mazes to yes even the Halloween costume retailers would all lose with this proposal every single one!  This has to be simply put the dumbest idea we've ever heard EVER! 

Someone needs to call, email, write, and protest this association!  If you own an attraction STOP attending their tradeshow, if you're a retailer stop supporting this group.  We suggest every operator of an attraction contact this group today! 

 https://www.hiaonline.org/

Here is a link to the change petition:  https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-join-the-saturday-halloween-movement

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