The origins of Halloween

Watch this fab video about what Christians did on All Hallows Eve, and why:

It’s interesting to see that the origins of Halloween were celebrating the power of Jesus in the face of evil and death, and mocking all things ‘dark’.

 

Halloween – No Trick or Treat

If you do not want to be disturbed by trick or treaters this Halloween, download and print out a copy of the “No Trick Or Treat” poster by Hampshire Constabulary to display by your front door.

Every year Hampshire Constabulary’s force control room receives calls from people who have been frightened or disturbed by trick or treaters in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Some advice for the elderly or vulnerable members of our community staying home this Halloween:

  • If you do not know who is calling at your house, you do not need to open the door.
  • Try to see who is at the door by looking through a spy hole or window before opening the door.
  • If you have a chain on your door – keep this in place when opening the door.
  • If you feel threatened in your home, please contact the police.

Polichampshire-constabulary-no-trick-or-treate advice to children and their parents is to be mindful that some of the more vulnerable or elderly members of the community do not wish to participate in Halloween activities and in fact may feel intimidated by groups of people calling at their doors.

Hampshire Constabulary has prepared some advice for children and their parents:

  • If your child is going outside in a costume – make sure they are wearing reflective clothing or add reflective tape to their clothes.
  • Carry a torch and consider road safety at all times.
  • If your child is going out trick or treating – make sure they go out in a group, preferably accompanied by an adult.
  • Older children should let you know where they are going and what time they will be back.
  • Children should carry a mobile phone in a pocket or bag.
  • Make sure your children know not to enter anyone’s house or to accept lifts from strangers.

Greg Stier on Halloween

Greg Stier writes on Halloween = Satan’s Birthday Party?:

Last year my boy asked me, “Daddy, is Halloween Satan’s birthday party?” I laughed out loud and said, “No. Satan doesn’t have a birthday party because Satan was never born. He was created by God”…A little crash course in angelology for my sweet little boy.

There’s all sorts of opinions floating out there about whether or not Christians should celebrate Halloween. Some side with the Jehovah’s Witnesses when it comes to this holiday (hell-i-day?) and choose not to celebrate in anyway whatsover. Others gather at local church Harvest Festivals for games, candy and holy fun. Still others dress their kids up and march them door to door to celebrate with the pagan tots.

What’s the trick to surviving this treat filled holiday with your faith in tact? Here’s a few suggestions:

1. Don’t be a legalist …

2. Use it as an opportunity to engage others with the gospel …

3. Give lots of candy to the neighborhood kids.

If you are a believer in Jesus then you should be overly generous when your doorbell rings. Give fistfuls of candy, not a breathmint taped to a gospel of John.

All the neighbors should know you as the candyman (or woman) during Halloween, as opposed to the family who turns off the porch light, hunkers down to do Bible trivia with their kids while listening to Bill Gaither music cranked up loud to drown out the doorbell as it rings again and again and again.

The only thing worse than being stingy with candy at halloween is leaving a gospel tract at a restaurant with no tip in it. If you represent Jesus then you should represent generosity as well. Sure, leave the tract but put a 20% tip in there as well…or more.

So this Halloween, give them tots lots of treats, cavaties and love. Don’t be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good…and candy bars.

What do you think?

Halloween – No Trick or Treat

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If you do not want to be disturbed by trick or treaters this Halloween, download and print out a copy of the “No Trick Or Treat” poster by Hampshire Constabulary to display by your front door.

Every year Hampshire Constabulary’s force control room receives calls from people who have been frightened or disturbed by trick or treaters in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Some advice for the elderly or vulnerable members of our community staying home this Halloween:

  • If you do not know who is calling at your house, you do not need to open the door.
  • Try to see who is at the door by looking through a spy hole or window before opening the door.
  • If you have a chain on your door – keep this in place when opening the door.
  • If you feel threatened in your home, please contact the police.

Polichampshire-constabulary-no-trick-or-treate advice to children and their parents is to be mindful that some of the more vulnerable or elderly members of the community do not wish to participate in Halloween activities and in fact may feel intimidated by groups of people calling at their doors.

Hampshire Constabulary has prepared some advice for children and their parents:

  • If your child is going outside in a costume – make sure they are wearing reflective clothing or add reflective tape to their clothes.
  • Carry a torch and consider road safety at all times.
  • If your child is going out trick or treating – make sure they go out in a group, preferably accompanied by an adult.
  • Older children should let you know where they are going and what time they will be back.
  • Children should carry a mobile phone in a pocket or bag.
  • Make sure your children know not to enter anyone’s house or to accept lifts from strangers.

The origins of Halloween

Watch this fab video about what Christians did on All Hallows Eve, and why, watch this video:

It’s interesting to see that the origins of Halloween were celebrating the power of Jesus in the face of evil and death, and mocking all things ‘dark’.

Light Party & Spud Party – Halloween alternatives

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We are putting on two events on Thursday 31st October for people in the community:

  • A Light Party 3.30-6.00pm for children aged up to Year 6 – games, snacks and a movie with popcorn – with a suggested donation of £2.00 per ticket;
  • Our traditional Spud Party, 6.00-9.00pm for people in the community who find “trick or treat” a threatening experience and do not like being in their own homes when it is taking place or just want a great evening out.  The “Spud Party” is being run by Uncover, the St. Andrew’s youth group and you’ll get plent of food – jacket potato and fillings, desserts, and a great quiz.  Tickets are a suggested donation of £5 per ticket or £15 for a family ticket.

Feel free to advertise or let friends and family know.  To book a space on either of the events please e-mail Chris (chris@dibdenchurches.org) or ring St Andrews (8084 3204) so they have an idea of numbers.

Halloween trick and treat poster

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Be safe and be seen this Halloween with this News from the Safer New Forest Partnership:

Guys and ghouls won’t be the only ones out and about in the New Forest on Halloween – look out for spooky giveaways as darkness falls.Hampshire Police, Hampshire County Council’s Accredited Community Safety Officers (ACSOs) and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service officers will attend some local organised community events on October 31 to hand out lollies and flashing arm bands to give the message ‘Be safe, be seen’.

The community engagement, funded by the Safer New Forest Partnership, aims to raise safety awareness. The fire officers will also be offering fire safety advice.

New Forest Chief Inspector Tony Rowlinson said: “Halloween and Bonfire Night should be fun for everyone and not an excuse for antisocial behaviour. We want revellers to stay safe and be seen in the dark, enjoy the occasion and we look forward to chatting with people at local events.”

The Partnership urges New Forest youngsters and their parents to be considerate towards their neighbours and to respect the wishes of those who do not want to be disturbed by people trick or treating.

Anybody who doesn’t want to be disturbed at home this Halloween can download and print out a copy of the Hampshire Constabulary ‘No Trick or Treat’ poster to display by your front door. This can be found at www.safer.newforest.gov.uk – click on the link to print out your No Trick or Treat poster. Copies of the poster are also available at New Forest District Council information offices and New Forest libraries.

“Let your neighbours know beforehand that you’ll be out and about at Halloween or having a firework party – a simple act of courtesy will go a long way,” said Cllr Jill Cleary, New Forest District Council Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities. “If your children want to go trick or treating, it will be appreciated if they to go to the homes of the people they know and who welcome them. Be a good neighbour; don’t make Halloween a nightmare for others.”

If you are concerned about antisocial behaviour in your neighbourhood, call Hampshire police on 101.

If you’d like a copy of the “No Trick or Treat” poster to display by your front door, pop into the St. Andrew’s Centre and collect one from the table in the Foyer.