Sunday school teacher wants satanic Halloween banned
OUT-OF-CONTROL satanic worship may be a strong way to describe Halloween trick or treaters, but that's the firm view of a worried Sunday school teacher in Gloucester.
Youth worker Denys Golden, 52, has high hopes of staging an anti-Halloween march on October 31, and is inviting children to join him and find out how they can deliver an alternative message this year.
He would like to see Halloween banned in the city, as he claims it only encourages wrong-doing.
Mr Golden wants an official Robert Raikes day in Gloucester instead, celebrating the good work of the famous city philanthropist.
"A lot of major shops and supermarkets are buying into satanic worship by exploiting Halloween," he said.
"Costumes of vampires and witches are promoting evil and the bad guys in society. I want to help change that.
"Shops don't care about the effect on society, they are doing it for money. Trick or treat gives children the idea that doing bad things is OK.
"We have adopted this American idea but it is evil. It encourages children to be intimidating. Elderly people are scared in their own homes.
"Old people are not into having ghouls knocking on their doors. It isn't like carol singing which is uplifting. We should not be supporting it.
"If people dressed as angels and knocked on doors offering to do good, that would be OK. But that isn't happening.
"It is a dangerous culture that is bad on fear.
"People are scared to answer the door on Halloween.
"I want to celebrate a Christian ethos and use Robbie Raikes and what he stood for to help that.
"He saw the need for a Sunday school to help take people off the streets, away from crime and prostitution.
"I want to make October 31 Robert Raikes day.
"Grand Theft Auto is a satanic game. It has no bearing on authority.
"Encouraging young people to go around robbing, stealing, selling drugs and being violent is just wrong.
"There is no moral fibre with this game, the graphics are so real it is scary. As a parent, you worry about what the next game will be like.
"Many schools try not to promote Halloween and knocking on doors because it encourages a fear factor."
Mr Golden volunteers his time at the New Testament Church Of God in Stroud Road, and works as a youth worker alongside reformed tearaway Delroy Ellis at Increase the Peace.
He also wants to establish a Gospel Praise Festival to promote a positive message about being good.
Steve O'Connor, a spokesman for the Three Bridges Community Group covering Tuffley, Grange and Podsmead, said: "It is difficult as families will want to celebrate Halloween, but it is something that will need to be addressed if it is making people feel uneasy in their homes.
"If parents are out with their children, they should be aware of whose doors they are knocking on."