A true Halloween lover, Richard Doredant, just started a petition to make October 31st a federal holiday. If the online petition receives 100,000 signatures by July 25th, the White House will be forced to respond.
“We the people call for Halloween to be a federal holiday,” writes the Halloween hero. “Please act to add this celebration to the federal calendar.”
“Halloween, or Hallowe’en, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October. Halloween is currently the second most important party night in North America. In terms of its retail potential, it is second only to Christmas. This commercialism fortifies its significance as a time of public license, a custom-designed opportunity to have a blast. Regardless of its spiritual complications, Halloween is big business. We respectfully request the White House to look into this issue.”
And raise the Halloween flag….while Doredant notes the commercial aspects of the day–and calls it the second most important party night in North America–we also feel Halloween represents the creative weirdness in all of us, a primal ghoulish celebration. Why not take a full day off to dress like witches and Prince?