Everyone who has been reading is probably aware that I'm not a big fan of Halloween. On the other hand, Guy Fawkes Day is a great chance to commemorate the defeat of a treacherous Roman Catholic plot to kill King James and much of Parliament.
Proposed mode of celebration:
1) The traditional fireworks in mockery of the papist explosive and incendiary plot;
2) Masquerade parties in mockery of the deceit of the traitors; and
3) The giving and receiving of candy, in joy for God's providential preservation of King James and the reformation in England.
4) Non-mandatory in nature: no one is required to stop working for this holiday, and no one is to be condemned who chooses to "profane" the day by failing to observe it, yet those who do so, do so by giving glory to God.
As an added bonus, if we celebrated this holiday along the lines discussed above, Christian non-participation in Halloween would serve as an even greater distinction between Christian and non-Christian and an added reason to discuss with our neighbors our reasons for celebrating the triumph of good over evil, rather than a commercialized version of an ancient celebration of evil.
What think ye?