This is the epitome of what annoys me about some Christians. They are so full of superstition and fear that they actually go out of their way to avoid things that are so obviously unreal that it's beyond the joke. I suppose once you buy into the whole modern day Christian mythology you open yourself up to believing in all sorts of things... like witches and ghosts and demons and Yoda and The headless horseman and blah blah freaking blah.
I'm certainly not going to rename my disco or call it a fancy dress disco or any crap like that. I think that the kids who have to sit and sulk at home while their friends dance and singstar on a school night in fun costumes are learning a valuable lesson in life... and that is Christianity boxes you in a pseudo world of make-believe monsters. There's enough in this world to fear without believing in the bogey-man.
After doing a bit of an Internet search I've found that other schools have had the same problems and have even had to cancel their discos or parties because of the Christian idiocy that has some weight in their decisions. I found the following alternatives for Christians to get into as alternatives to Halloween at about.com and they're freaking funny. I wonder if Christians actually stop and think for a minute and cringe at themselves for being so 'Ned Flanderry'.
Fall Carnival or Harvest Festival
Organizing an event at your church gives children and parents a place to go and benefit from celebrating together with other families. Bible theme costumes offer an endless source of amusing choices.Youth Pumpkin Patch Fun-Raiser
The church youth can sell the pumpkins and the profits can go toward funding their next youth camp. To pump up the interest level, more pumpkin related activities can be incorporated, such as a pumpkin carving contest, a pumpkin cook-off, a carving demonstration, or even a pumpkin bake sale.
Noah's Ark Party
consider offering a Noah's Ark party. This can either be a church-wide event or you might consider hosting your own party for neighbors and friends. Read the Genesis account of Noah's Ark and the ideas for planning will be numerous. Food choices could follow a "pet food" or "feed store" theme.Evangelism Outreach
Thinking along the same lines of evangelism, some churches even put together a "haunted house" at their church and invite the crowd inside to hear an imaginatively delivered, evangelistic message. My friend is also an artist. On Halloween she and her husband turn their front yard into a graveyard. The gravestones are engraved with Scriptures in calligraphy that provoke visitors to think about eternity and mortality.
Reformation Day Party
We should have Reformation Day parties. Dress up as your favorite Reformation character, play games maybe some trivia challenges. Perhaps a re-staging of the Diet at Worms or of the debates between Luther and his critics. And the best part is that as Christians we're not hijacking a pagan holiday and trying to sanitize it. We're celebrating something that is our own and sets us apart from the secular world. It's a no-brainer to me. --Zec
Yep... it's a no brainer Zec... truly.