- Snickers has promised to give away one million candy bars for free.
- This announcement is part of the company’s support for the petition to change the date of Halloween.
- Halloween enthusiasts started the petition last year, asking the federal government to move the annual celebration to the last Saturday of October.
Halloween is just around the corner and the kids will be excited to go trick-or-treating to get their candy bars. This year’s Halloween, October 31st, falls on a Thursday and some people just want to do something to change that. Candy company Snickers seems to think the same way.
Snickers has pledged to give away free one million candy bars if the government will change Halloween’s date to the last Saturday of October. This is in support of a Change.org petition created by the Halloween & Costume Association in 2018.
On Friday evening, Snickers shared the petition to its over 300K followers, encouraging them to sign.
Halloween enthusiasts believe the event should be celebrated for a whole day. Snickers also believe that people should be able to enjoy it to the fullest. In a press release email sent to Today, Snickers brand director Josh Olken said:
“More hours in the day. More families being able to enjoy it. A more satisfying celebration. So if the Federal Government makes this thing official, we’re offering up to one million free Snickers to America. No tricks, only treats … we’re serious!”
Since October 31st can fall on any day, specifically on a weekday, that would mean kids can’t enjoy much of the trick-or-treating at night without thinking about having to wake up for school the next day.
Adults want in on the fun too!
But it seems that the kids are not the only ones who get disappointed each time Halloween falls on a weekday. Even adults enjoy the celebration and want to push for the change of date. After all, it’s hard to have a great time when you can’t help but think about work the following day.
Besides a full-day event, the Halloween & Costume Association also wanted the holiday to be much safer for kids when trick-or-treating can happen at earlier daylight hours. “It’s time for a Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration!” the group wrote in the petition.
After Snickers showed its support, soon enough, other companies shared Snickers’ post, also rallying people to sign the petition.
M&M and Skittles also want the date moved!
Halloween has evolved over the years, with people mostly going around for candies and treats and carving pumpkins. But historically, Halloween originated from the Celtic festival of Samhain, in which people wore costumes and lit bonfires to ward off spirits.
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