It's got costumes, it's got candy, but for some, what Halloween appears to be lacking is Christianity.
To combat this apparent imbalance, one Christian group is promoting what it calls 'Jesus Ween', a faith-based alternative to the holiday.
The group's website says: "We are focused on helping people live a better life... Throughout the year and especially from October 31st till November 15th we hold several seminars on various helpful topics."
Jesus Ween participants are expected to hand out Bibles and other Christian gifts in "a friendly way", according to a promotional video. Instead of costumes, participants are supposed to wear white, to symbolize righteousness.
Gawker spoke to the event's creator, a Pastor Paul Ade, who runs a congregation in Calgary. He described the motivation behind it:
"Halloween is not consistent with the Christian faith. Many people say they feel uncomfortable on that day. We think people should choose an alternative activity."
The group's Facebook page also makes similarly lofty predictions of success, stating that the day "is expected to become the most effective Christian outreach day ever."
Satirical website The Onion has a different take on the proposed new holiday:
What they forgot to take into account, though, is the fact that those heavy Bibles are going to be hard to carry around all night. Many a child's candy sack will break. WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!
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