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Dem bill says kids should go Halloween trick-or-treating during the day, when it's safer


A House Democrat has introduced a congressional resolution that would encourage people to celebrate Halloween during the daytime, and even calls on kids to go trick-or-treating when the sun is out in order to avoid traffic accidents.

The resolution from Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) looks to turn Halloween on its head, as it proposes ending the nearly 100-year tradition in America of kids dressing up and prowling the neighborhood at night for candy.

halloween A House Democrat says Halloween should be held during the day, to keep it safe for kids.

It would also encourage people to celebrate Halloween during the last Saturday of October, not October 31. That change would make it easier for kids to celebrate the holiday during the day, instead of in the dark.

Israel's resolution said that when Halloween falls on a weekday, kids will "likely trick or treat after the sun has set." It also said the U.S. Department of Transportation found that between 2006 and 2010, more people under the age of 21 have been killed on Oct. 31 than on Oct. 30 or Nov. 1.

The resolution cited a study that said only 37 percent of parents send their kids outside with a flashlight, and "only 18 percent affix reflective tape to their children's costumes, both of which would make them more visible to motorists."

It concluded by saying it's the sense of the House that Halloween should be observed on the weekend, and that local governments should "communicate to the public that trick-or-treating and other public observances of the holiday will take place on that day."

Read Israel's language here:

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