Some churches, ours for example, disapprove of Halloween. Presumably because of its pagan roots. So, they offer "Harvest Festivals" on Halloween as an alternative, where kids can come, have costumed fun, and leave with candy.
So let me get this straight. The church opposes Halloween. So it offers an alternative on the same night where the kids do the same things. They've just changed the name and that's enough? If everyone across the country agreed to call Oct 31st "Harvest Festival" instead "Halloween", would that be enough to keep the people in my church from telling me that it is an evil and pagan holiday?
'Cause if a name change is all it takes to take the pagan out of a pagan festival, then I'm all for it.