I’d prefer to be able to make an alternative choice…
I know that for lots of folk ‘Halloween’ is just a harmless bit of ‘ghoulish’ fun while, for many others, anything ‘ghoulish’ is no laughing matter at all.
I personally don’t like all the imagery that goes with this particular ‘festival’ and I don’t like the recent trend for encouraging children to dress up like extras from a budget horror movie and then go round knocking on doors challenging anyone who answers with the rather limited choice between “trick” or “treat”.
For the last few years I’ve been out of the house on the evening of 31st October at All Saints Praise in Canterbury Cathedral (an event aimed at celebrating the evening before All Hallows / All Saints day).
I guess anyone knocking on my door those evenings might have assumed that I was simply choosing not to answer the door. Nevertheless, on each occasion, daylight the next morning revealed a fresh ‘decoration’ of eggs and/or flour on my car and house – implying that in my absence a choice was assumed!
Whatever your personal thoughts about halloween are, I think everyone should be able to make their own choice without fear of the consequences… and the choice to ‘opt out’ should both be offered and honoured!