Online petition looks to move Halloween celebration

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PEORIA, Ill. — Celebrating Halloween on October 31 may soon be a thing of the past.

An online petition is gaining thousands of signatures and is looking to change Halloween.

The movement hopes to move the holiday to the last Saturday in October.

Petition creators say the idea behind changing the day would make celebrations longer and safer.

Over 100,000 people have already signed the petition.

Many people chimed in on Facebook and social media to voice their opinions, but local law enforcement thinks a Saturday Halloween has its benefits.

“This is a night that unfortunately accidents happen on because there’s so many different things going on,” said Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell.

Asbell says Halloween is more dangerous than people think.

“By the time school lets out, it gives about an hour window for kids to go out and trick or treat and so often they’re out past dark,” said Asbell.

He also says the night is the second highest holiday for impaired driving.

“You’re combating two different fronts, you have the possibility of impaired driving along with a lot of kids that aren’t really watching the road,” said Asbell.

For kids in Peoria, they’re more focused on getting their Halloween candy.

“Halloween is a good holiday, so kids can enjoy themselves, and have good candy, that’s the biggest thing,” said Aubren Mckinley.

For them, a Saturday Halloween means more time to trick-or-treat.

“You don’t have to be at school all day waiting to get out, and you can just be there, get ready for trick or treating, and go out there early and just go trick or treating and get all the candy you want,” said Aneris Mckinley.

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