If you're not a Christian, it might be odd to hear that the mere mention of Halloween possibly put some people on edge. In the Evangelical world Halloween is a sensitive subject. Granted, not as much as it can be in some parts of the USA, where Hell Houses are often a recurring feature - but in the UK, at least, it's still a pretty contentious issue. Halloween has a complex history, with roots in the liturgical celebrations of the Roman Catholic Church, but it's evolved to become just as much a secular (and commercial) landmark as it ever was a sacred one. You begin to see supermarkets selling Witch masks sometime around August; the shops deck themselves out with pumpkins and cobwebs, and the cinemas host B-grade horror flicks. (I was in my local convenience store yesterday, and a little girl was trying to get a Frankenstein costume. The one conveniently placed near the till. [Her Mum told her it was cheaper in Tescos. Which is probably true.])
Here's the problem. Many Christians find Halloween deeply uncomfortable - primarily because it's (ostensibly) a celebration of darkness. Plus, aesthetically, the day is decorated by Satanic and demonic imagery. You can kinda see why that might make some Christians feel a wee bit uncomfortable. The western Christian has therefore often got a difficult choice on her hands, and it''s a dilemma that I hear quite a lot in my own social circles.
Such is the dilemma that many wonder if there's a solution.
And whilst there are various alternatives on offer, I prefer one above all the rest:
Reformation Day! :)