By Paige Freshwater
Dressing up in scary costumes is expected on Halloween, but one Aigburth Church is challenging modern custom and is hosting an alternative Halloween party.
St Anne’s, Aigburth, are banning scary costumes from their ‘Bright Lights Party’ on Halloween night, to divert from the “scary and sinister” side of the celebration.
With attention drawn from the dark side of Halloween, children will be able to celebrate the occasion without fears of a fright.
Vicar of St Anne’s, Ian Greenwood, told The Burble: “Halloween has taken on this sinister and dark appeal.
“Now you have got a lot of children getting dressed up in scary costumes, which are quite dark and I think quite scary and sinister.
“The idea is that we are going to put on a party for children aged 5 to 11, and rather than focussing on the darkness, because I think there is enough darkness in the world at the moment.
“We thought we’d do something opposite to that and do something for the goodness and the coming together.”
In 2013, YouGov statistics showed 70% of UK adults would prefer it if children did not knock on their doors on Halloween night.
He added: “I think a lot of people particularly elderly people living in the area get concerned and worried about mischief night and Halloween.
“There is the fear factor for a lot of the elderly people in the area that there is going to be problems and trouble.
“There is also this fear that you have to have something in to give to these kids who knock at the doors, because they are scared otherwise they are going to through eggs at your windows or do some damage and mischief.”
Children are expected to wear colourful and bright clothing to the party, and will be participating in games, craft activities, and a disco.
Nikki Greenwood, an organiser of the party, told The Burble: “There is also that aspect of sending the children out to knock on the front doors of strangers.
“That is something I have never understood as a mum.
“So for me this is a safe place for the children to have fun and they are getting involved and having a party.”
‘Bright Lights Party’ is open to children aged 5-11 and is on at St Anne’s, Aigburth on October 31st, 6pm-7.30pm. Admission is free.