Halloween. The culmination of Halloweek. This is the day that it’s very sadly illegal to answer the door with a real chainsaw. Instead, you have to open the door with bags and bowls of sweets in the vague and desperate hope that by feeding the little monsters they will leave your property intact. Oh, and you yourself intact. Leave you alive.
Halloween has taken over at least 10 days either side of October 31st.
And that’s the bit that worries the Christians. Devout Christians don’t see Halloween as just a bit of, albeit highly commercialised, fun, but a direct violation of the rules of their religion.
Today they have organised counter events. And, to my not too great surprise, they are happily being allowed to publicise them on the BBC local radio station that covers Liverpool.
These events are designed to offer everything, hotdogs, face painting, fancy dress, and games for young impressionable children. Anything but the fun of ghosts and ghouls, and the undead. Ghosts, ghouls and the undead are not Christian. Even though the guy the religion is centred on ended up being an ‘undead’, it seems other undeads are just not acceptable.
The person getting the free plug on the radio for his church’s anti-Halloween event, whilst suggesting it would be wonderful for children to turn up in fancy dress, stressed that anybody undead would not be welcome and would be turned away.
I’m guessing that, should he turn up, the undead ban doesn’t also apply to Jesus Christ.