Friday, 28 October 2011

Halloween - Harmless or Horrid?

notrick Surrey Police 'no trick or treat' window card

Halloween is a harmless bit of fun for children to go out and gather sweets from the local neighbourhood. Or is it?

Traditionally Halloween, or All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), the night before All Hallows Day, is a  time when children dress up in garish costumes in order to ward off evil spirits. Is that harmless? Not to the elderly and single women. It can be very intimidating opening to door to a bunch of masked strangers demanding treats.

Camberley People reported in their article Promoting Safety Awareness Ahead of Halloween and Bonfire Night that Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Inspector James Norbury says: "While Halloween and Bonfire night can be an enjoyable time for many, there are lots of considerations for people to think about. We are asking the community to stay safe while having fun as well as respect other people, including those who are vulnerable or don't want to be disturbed."

But what about the children?

Halloween portrays evil personalities in a positive or innocuous way. Halloween imagery includes themes of death, evil, the occult, or mythical monsters. Is evil something we really want to encourage our children to celebrate? Our own GLOW party aims to change all that. This free party for 4-11 year olds, is a positive alternative to Halloween. Light without the fright. So Halloween needn't be scary. It could be fun and truly harmless, without intimidation. A celebration of good.

Don't be hollow this Halloween, why not make a stand?

Change a tradition?

Start a trend this October 31, and celebrate light, not darkness.

If your children really insist in trick or treating, why not encourage them to actually offer treats this year, and do a spot of giving!