Halloween, "All Hallow's Eve", is the night before All Saints' Day. This is the day when the Christian Churches, particularly the Catholic Church, commemorate and celebrate the lives of the saints, those who are in heaven,
But how over the years has this developed into an Americanised "Trick or treat-fest"? Where often unaccompanied children roam the streets begging for food or money? We now have a situation where even if adults do accompany the youngsters they are dressed in "Paedophile " uniform, a costume associated with a high profile sex-offender such as Jimmy Savile or Gary Glitter. This glorification of evil needs to be explained.
By comparison the traditional Guy Fawkes celebrations are sidelined with safety being used as an excuse. "Fireworks can injure" But how much more danger is there in allowing unsupervised children to wander the streets knocking on strangers' doors asking for sweets or money?
The whole Halloween business is unsavory. Unsupervised children,,,,not all are in family organised groups....extort cash or goods off people on pain of having a "trick" played on them. Over the last few years the police have issued warnings about undue pranks such as "egging" homes and cars. Some of the costumes are of inappropriate characters such as celebrity child abusers or wife beaters while the occult background of other characters is something which should not be a part of some alleged "bit of a laugh".
OK, Call me a stick-in-the-mud, no sense of humour, bible basher or whatever but I'm still more likely to go for 5th November and not some semi-occult gathering with some very questionable undertones.