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Happy Hallowe'en

On pages 9 to 11, Ben tells the story of his journey from satanism to Christianity. Here he gives his view on the way Hallowe’en is marked across the country

Hallowe'en is all about connection

I LOVE Hallowe’en. It’s an amazing opportunity to connect with people. When else in the neighbourhood do you have people out of their houses, knocking on each other’s doors and meeting one another. It’s an incredible opportunity for connection.

Last year I set up a table in my driveway and gave out hot chocolate. And the best thing was that, if someone wanted to drink a cup of hot chocolate, they had to take their mask off. It was a way of getting to know our neighbours and it was lovely.

Of course, there are other influences associated with Hallowe’en and some people try to take advantage of what’s going on, but, at its best, it is all about connection.

Hallowe’en is not a satanic festival. It is the complete opposite of what the Devil wants. Satan’s agenda in the world is to stay hidden and provoke feelings of guilt, fear and shame and cause a disconnection from ourselves, each other and God. He does this through fear. He doesn’t want people coming out of their houses, meeting their neighbours and being imaginative and creative.

A lot of churches run light parties for parents who are fearful for their children. They are really good places to have some fun. But if churches have a light party, they should also have some other people who are out and about in the neighbourhood being a positive influence during the evening.

That’s because I believe God’s aim in the world is to connect us to each other and to him through love. We have to stay connected with the people around us.

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