Halloween: Trick or Treat?
A harmless holiday?
The celebration of Hallowe’en has undoubtedly gained momentum in this country in recent years. The build-up to October 31st sees supermarkets and corner shops packed with witchy treats and ghoulish masks. Parties are planned. Costumes are finalised. And, on the night itself, the streets are lined with mini ghosts and goblins, munching gleefully on their bounty.
You only have to consider the lavish, all-encompassing celebrations of our cousins over the pond to guess the trajectory that Hallowe’en might take in Britain.
But what should our response to this festival be as Christians? Is it a harmless chance for children to dress up, eat endless amounts of sugar and have fun? Is it nothing more than a commercial greeting card venture, designed to empty your pockets in the gap between summer and Christmas?
A commercial trick or a family treat?
Or is it infact something much more sinister? Listen to Premier Radio in the lead up to October 31st to find out more and if you're interested...
Have a look at this video for more info on the origins of Halloween: http://youtu.be/nl-OkdTtKUw
Is it really dark & sinister?
The dynamic preacher and author, J John, tells Inspirational Breakfast why he thinks we should be more pro-active as Christians in our response to the rise in Hallowe’en celebrations in the UK...
J John on the 'darkness'
Handling the holiday
Tony Miles asks how Christians should handle Hallowe'en, and speaks to a best-selling author who's been described as "hotter than Potter": Revd GP Taylor. He published a spooky novel last year - The Vampyre Labyrinth: Red Eye - and Tony asks about Hallowe'en and why he wrote a book about vampires.
Take a positive perspective
The preacher son of ministry duo Stuart and Jill Briscoe, tells Inspirational Breakfast about creative ways we can claim Hallowe’en as Christians and use it as a golden opportunity to evangelise...
What do the public think?
Watch short video 'Treat or Trickery' in which the public are quizzed on what they think of the festival. Film courtesy of Tim Finch Media.