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Push underway to move Halloween away from October 31

October 31, 2018 - 9:45 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The National Retail Federation says retail spending for Halloween is estimated to be $9 billion. That's nearly $87 per person.

The Halloween and Costume Association sees room to grow. They're lobbying the White House to change the date of Halloween to make sure it always falls on a Saturday. The group has launched a petition drive to move Halloween from October 31 to the last Saturday in October.

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The benefits of such a move are obvious, but traditionalists say it just wouldn't be the same.

"It might be easier, but it feels a little wrong," one person told CBS2.

"No, who do they think they are," another person added.

The reason Halloween is on October 31, is because the next day is All Saint's Day, a holy day in the Catholic Church.

“It doesn’t make sense. The reason for Halloween is to celebrate the day of the dead because the next day is All Saint’s Day which is November 1st. So that’s the entire concept of why they chose the 31st to begin with,” Antonio Centeno said.

History.com explains, Halloween's origins can also be traced to the ancient Celts who celebrated their New Year on November 1. They would have a feast the night before, and appease ghosts and spirits with treats.