Snickers Promises To Give Away a Million Candy Bars If Halloween Is Moved To The Weekend
Jul 30, 2019 @ 9:02am
The people over at Snickers started pushing a Change.org petition this past weekend. Originally stated by the Halloween & Costume Association the petition wants to change the date of Halloween to the last Saturday of October. If the United States Government gets it done, Snickers will give out one million free candy bars in celebration.
The original petition’s aim is for an all-day celebration that will create a safer environment for children and in turn become more stress-free for parents, citing some statistics that sound a whole lot like classic bad-parenting. Apparently, 82% of parents don’t use high visibility aids on their children’s costumes, and 65% of parents don’t discuss Halloween safety with their children.
According to Thrillist, Snicker’s brand director Josh Olken was enthusiastic about the idea, stating in a press release “Snickers is all in on celebrating Halloween to the fullest… if the federal government makes this thing official, we’re offering up to one million free Snickers to America. No tricks, only treats.”
Apparently, the candy lobby has a history of getting themselves involved in messing with Halloween. According to Business Insider, in the 1980s candy retailers lobbied Congress pretty hard in order for them to extend daylight savings time into November so that kids could have an extra hour to trick-or-treat, which would in-turn equal more sales for the greedy candy companies.
Business Insider reports that the candy retailers went so far as to ominously leave candy pumpkins on the seat of every senator, which honestly sounds like the type of threat a candy retailer would leave. To be fair, the National Confectioners Association has denied these claims, but I don’t know — the candy lobby did eventually get their way thanks to the Energy Policy act, which went into effect in 2007 and was signed by President Bush.