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There’s a petition going around to move Halloween in Lexington to October 30

Halloween weekend in Lexington is going to be insane. Both the UK/Tennessee football game and the Breeder’s Cup at Keeneland will take place on October 31, which is why some Lexington residents have started a petition to move the Halloween festivities to Friday, October 30.

Luther Andal started the petition on and so far, it has over 500 signatures. He plans to forward it to the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council if he gets 1,000 signatures. Here’s his reasoning:

With two major events already scheduled for October 31st adding a 3rd major event like Halloween would stretch city resources such as police even further, increase pedestrian and vehicle traffic in these congested areas causing more congestion and potentially even dangerous situations and potentially discourage adults from participating in Breeder’s Cup and UK Football game which are major economic drivers for our community.

He’s got a very good point, at the very least for the city’s trick-or-treating events. To sign the petition, click here, and then vote in our super unscientific poll:

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22 Comments for There’s a petition going around to move Halloween in Lexington to October 30

  1. Lexie
    1:06 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

    I know this might not be that big of a deal to people who live miles away from the stadium. Keep in mind all the side streets near the stadium where people park and walk. Those streets will be overrun with trick-or-treating kids and UK fans at the same time. Would you want your kids running around in that?

  2. Mixxy
    1:11 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

    How about sometime in November? Maybe make it a two-fer on Veterans Day?

    • android guy
      1:16 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

      Maybe after the first of the year. There’s kind of a stretch there that could use another holiday. Let’s move Halloween to late January, the Fourth of July to April, Martin Luther King Day to May and Memorial Day back to November. I think it would all flow much better that way.

    • a
      1:18 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

      And don’t forget that everyone needs more time now to abandon their Kim Davis outfits and instead get their Cardinal Hookers costumes ready. It’s all such short notice.

    • ukjaybrat
      2:34 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

      memorial day to november? that’s when they open the city pools. that would make for some really cold post memorial day swimming

  3. Hartline
    1:16 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

    I didn’t really think about the police force being stretched thin but that is an excellent point. I also don’t think we need any kids involved in a possible DUI incident which is 500% more likely on Saturday.

  4. Blah
    1:35 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

    “With two major events already scheduled for October 31st adding a 3rd major event like Halloween would stretch city resources such as police even further,”

    WTF are they talking about “adding” Halloween. Halloween has been the same day forever. The other 2 events were added.

    • Mathlete
      3:43 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

      Trick or treating is a lot easier to move than the Breeder’s Cup or UK’s football schedule though, and the kids almost definitely aren’t going to complain about getting bags full of candy a day earlier than previously scheduled.

  5. John
    1:44 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

    High school football is on Friday night. It’s not nearly as big of an event, but the parents who attend games, also have kids who are trick-or-treating.

  6. Cousins Fake Tooth
    1:57 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

    No. Halloween is Oct 31st and not Oct 30th. You can’t move a holiday just because something else is going on.

    • Mixxy
      2:08 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

      Halloween is the even of the real holiday, which is All Saints Day. Just on principle I refuse to celebrate anything that is like celebrating Christmas Eve and forgetting Christmas.

      And I got too old to trick or treat…

    • yitbos
      2:13 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

      Happens all the time

  7. ukjaybrat
    2:30 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

    This is more often than not a neighborhood decision. not really a city thing. Our neighborhood has for years moved a day in either direction for bad weather. Last year we moved back a year because of freezing rain creating dangerous conditions for younger trick or treaters.

    I imagine this would be as good a reason as any.

    • ukjaybrat
      2:35 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

      moved it back a *day not a year

    • android guy
      3:01 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

      Moving it back a whole year would be kind of cool. Maybe every seven years we can just trick-or-treat for a whole week? Kind of like a junk food jubilee.

    • Rajonrondo9
      3:23 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

      I’m dying laughing lol. Moving it back a year would cause problems for a year ago. I was doing things that day!

  8. Megan
    3:04 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

    Does the Breeder’ Cup extend into the evening? Does the petitioner know that the Breeders’ Cup is a two-day event that runs from Friday to Saturday, so that moving Halloween to Friday really doesn’t address his concern? Does Halloween usually require a significant police presence? Does the petitioner know what time the football game is (because I’d like that information myself)? Will the game paralyze the entire metropolitan area, such that most parents won’t be able to walk their kids down the street to houses in their neighborhoods? Does the petitioner see himself as police chief Brody trying to close down the beaches before the tourists arrive in “Jaws’?

    Such Chicken Little nonsense! The petitioner is resorting to a parade of horribles. Which is fitting, I suppose.

    • Mathlete
      3:47 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

      Last post at Keeneland is at 6:15, so if kids were trick or treating on side part of town they’d be right in the thick of traffic, plus the UK/UT kickoff has yet to be determined (but based on recent trends, a night game may not be out of the question).

    • Carolyn
      4:33 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

      From inside sources on campus, a night game is not yet official, but has been peactically guaranteed to UK for that night. Lexington is going to be a disaster, even without trick or treating.

  9. Mathlete
    3:41 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

    Maybe I’m getting old because I never used to think petitions like this carried much weight, but honestly this one has a good point. It’s going to be near gridlock that whole weekend across the city between the parties downtown, the UK game, and the Breeder’s Cup. There’s no way young kids would be safe walking around the streets in large sections of town because of all the traffic and emergency personnel couldn’t respond to calls nearly as quickly for the same reasons. All things considered, moving it to Friday is probably the safer, smarter play here.

  10. Carolyn
    4:32 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

    Breeders Cup is both Friday and Saturday. If they’re going to move it, they should do it by a week. Both the Saturday before and Saturday after are away games for UK so it would make WAY more sense to have it then. I grew up in a Massachusetts city that ALWAYS had trick-or-treating early so that it was before the Daylight Savings time change. Was actually great because then you could double up and go somewhere else on actual Halloween.

    Anyways, I think that would be the best plan – either the 24th or the 7th.

  11. kc
    9:00 pm October 6, 2015 Permalink

    My 10 old grandson who doesn’t want to miss Halloween or the big game with Tennessee is going to try to talk the tailgaters in our area to have trick or treat for the kiddos.. But he sure would love to trick or treat in his neighborhood on the 30th