Christians in the UK are having ‘light parties’ to fight back against that oh so devilish Halloween business, but they don’t want the sproggen to miss out, so:
Damian Stayne started Night of Light around 15 years ago.
He told Premier 31st October should really be about the eve All Saints’ Day.
He said: “All Saints Feast is the celebration of the success of the work of the cross.
“The devil seems to have hidden that message by disguising Halloween into something about darkness and death and witches.
Stayne said: “The kids who come to our Night of Light parties have got to have a better time than all their friends who are doing trick or treating.
“We invite them to come and dress up as Saints their heroes of faith, and we do some kind of teaching, a little tiny short thing, that gives them an aspiration for living in God.”
To set itself apart from traditional Halloween celebrations, the event is decorated with pumpkins that have happy faces carved into them.
Night of Light also encourages people to place a light in their window along with a picture of Jesus as a sign to passers-by that it’s a Christian household and Christ is “their light”.
Dressing up as saints and martyrs, oooh fun. Well, I guess one could get creative with the martyrs, but the adults probably wouldn’t approve. That ^ photo. Oh, it’s awful, and I’m itching to at least adjust the levels in pshop, but I’ll resist the temptation. It’s interesting to me that they complain about Halloween, but adopt most of the customs, and are celebrating with a depiction of an execution, because hey, that gore is good, and no doubt stress all the grisly deaths of various martyrs. I feel so sorry for those sprogs. I guess it’s a good thing they specify placing a picture of Jesus by the candle, because candles are a rather big feature of Samhain/Halloween.
If I start seeing pumpkins carved with happy/smiley faces, I’m going to become a pumpkin smasher, with extreme prejudice.