With a University of Kentucky football game and the Breeders' Cup competing with Halloween this year, a grass-roots movement is afoot to ask the city to move trick-or-treating to Oct. 30.
By Monday night, more than 400 people had signed a petition at GoPetition.com in favor of celebrating Halloween a day early in Lexington.
A city spokeswoman said the petition was unlikely to be successful.
"Halloween is going to be on Halloween," city spokeswoman Susan Straub said.
Luther Andal said he knows the city has "kind of sworn off" moving trick-or-treating, but he would like to ask the Urban County Council to reconsider.
The football game and Breeders' Cup will bring tens of thousands of fans out that day.
"There's going to be lots of traffic. There's going to be lots of consumption of alcohol by a lot of adults," Andal said.
When trick-or-treaters are added to the mix, "I just think that's a bad combination," he said.
Andal, the father of three, posted the online petition Sept. 29, according to the website. Once he gets to 1,000, Andal said, he plans to forward the petition to the council.
Straub said "the police have told us they can handle" the added traffic from three major events in one day.
While some surrounding communities occasionally tinker with the date for trick-or-treating, Straub said Lexington's practice is to have it on Oct. 31. Moving the date might be more convenient for some, but it would be inconvenient for others, she said.
She said several events are being organized by businesses and other organizations that will allow families to celebrate Halloween on another date if they wish.
In August, at least one Urban County council member suggested moving trick-or-treating to Oct. 30, and Keeneland, which is hosting the Breeders' Cup, also requested a change.
The mayor's chief of staff, Jamie Emmons, said at the time that any night would be challenging because there are high school football games on Friday.
The city moved trick-or-treating to Nov. 1 in 2013 because of the threat of a severe storm, and parents flooded city hall with complaints.
In 1992, when Halloween conflicted with UK's homecoming game, the city planned to move trick-or-treating to the day before, but then city leaders realized it was the start of the Jewish Sabbath and switched back to Oct. 31.