A non scary alternative to Halloween

Halloween’s popularity had grown in the 10 years since he moved from the United States says Canterbury University Professor Peter Field.

“There are some who object because they think Halloween is Pagan, but for most people candy is a pretty big drawcard for the holiday. We’re a child-orientated society and the kids do love it,” he says

But there are those who still remain firmly against the Halloween  becoming a tradition in New Zealand. Several groups around Christchurch plan to hold alternative, “safe” celebrations.

The Neighbourhood Trust is running a Light Party at St Albans Baptist Church as a “positive alternative” to Halloween.

Trust spokeswoman Kim Button said she started the event last year because she “did not feel comfortable” with Halloween.

Last year about 800 people attended the event, where guests are invited to dress up in “non-scary” costumes and enjoy free activities.

“It’s an American tradition and I didn’t think it was very Kiwi. I’m a mother and I don’t like the idea of children wandering the streets,” she said.

Light parties are also planned for Halswell and Waimakariri.

“Halloween” is a name that means nothing by itself. It is a contraction of “All Hallows Eve,” and it designates the vigil of All Hallows Day, more commonly known today as All Saints Day.


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