Thousands petition to change Halloween to last Saturday of October Poll. Should we break the (decades-old) tradition of Halloween falling on October 31st? I'm sorta ambivalent to this, as I don't normally celebrate Halloween. I also work in health care, which means I take care of patients whether it's the night shift, on Federal holidays, or even having to work at least one weekend a month. Thus I hardly give a crap about most holidays. But I also work with friends who would actually call in sick to work just so they can party on Halloween. But I also understand the reasoning for this change/petition: the business establishment wants to change Halloween to maximize their business profits, sales, etc. Read the fine line, and you realize that this petition, which goes directly to Trump's office, is spearheaded by a league of costume and party retailers. If I recall correctly, this change simply requires a Presidential approval. Many many US Presidents in the past have used their executive power to change and modify and even create official Holidays as they saw fit. Come to think of it, the POTUS inherited this executive power from the Roman Emperors, who created hundreds of Imperial-sanctioned festival days, mostly to distract the populus from more important problems plaguing the Empire — give them bread and circuses (and they won't have time to revolt).