I was once asked by someone from the diocese what I thought we should do with Halloween. Thinking on my feet I said – it is a Christian festival we should be celebrating it. Obviously I was not meaning that in the standard manner of intimidating your neighbours. I didn’t really put any more thought into it at the time. I only had one certainty. I didn’t think it should be a ‘rainbow party’.
It would seem that someone else has had the similar thoughts as me. The Bishop of Bolton has been making noises in this direction and recommended a new book. It claims to be an “inspiring, ecumenically based book [that] provides everything needed to turn 31 October into a bright, exciting and most importantly Christian event.”
However, one area that Alternative Worship could speak to the culture of the times is through the Eucharist. We live in a society with many different sub-cultures. One of which is goth/emo/rock/whatever. Why not do a midnight mass. The attraction for them will be the creepiness. Once they are there you have your mission platform.
I suggest some propper advertising. I also recommend using Marylyn Manson’s cover of Personal Jesus, loads of candles and full vestments if you are going to do it. Think ‘Interview With a Vampire’ not ‘Rainbow Brite’.