Asheville announces Halloween events

There are 20 comments on the Oct 16, 2007, Asheville Citizen-Times story titled Asheville announces Halloween events. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Asheville Parks and Recreation will offer a variety of Halloween events for all ages at community centers, Aston Park Tennis Center and the WNC Nature Center.

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Richard

Oak Ridge, NC

#1 Oct 16, 2007
Why should the city honor a Wiccan and devil worshipping holiday {Winter Solice}?????? Is this an appeasment?? Surely anyone with any sense knows what it is all about.

Just shows you where the world is going--especially since Asheville has been invaded by the 'funny' people.
Wonder if Harry Potter was 'funny' too.
very sad~~~
Just Wonderin

United States

#2 Oct 16, 2007
It's sad that folks like you won't accept that Halloween is a fun time for kids and kids at heart to pretend and play and use their imaginations. Thank goodness people like you are so bent on taking the fun out of everything don't run our country.
TOO MUCH

United States

#3 Oct 16, 2007
They changed the name of the Christmas Parade to the Holiday Parade. What could we call Halloween since some of us don't celebrate it? It would make just as much sense to change the name of the Halloween celebration to the Fall Celebration. It is ok for the wiccans to celebrate Halloween but Christmas is down the tube to the people in charge of making the rules.
To whom is concerns

Glennville, GA

#4 Oct 24, 2007
I don't know who this Richard guy is, but last time I checked we have been Celebrating Halloween for many years. What makes you think that we would quit now? Do you honestly think the recognition of Halloween is the reason the world is turning for the worse? One more thing; is the world really on a downward spiral, or is it folks like your self just making it seem that way?
Drew2

Trenton, NJ

#5 Oct 24, 2007
Richard wrote:
Why should the city honor a Wiccan and devil worshipping holiday {Winter Solice}?????? Is this an appeasment?? Surely anyone with any sense knows what it is all about.
Just shows you where the world is going--especially since Asheville has been invaded by the 'funny' people.
Wonder if Harry Potter was 'funny' too.
very sad~~~
Yeah, okay you have some issues. To most folks Halloween is just a fun time for kids. Don't misconstrue it into something it isn't. We can't help that there are devil worshipers out there that practice their little seances on Halloween.

What's the difference between Harry Potter and the Smurfs??!! You have issues.

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#6 Oct 24, 2007
Drew2 wrote:
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What's the difference between Harry Potter and the Smurfs??!! You have issues.
Cant say I know the difference, but I will tell you this. My other half sent me an email one time with a dirty ditty about Papa Smurf and a blonde one. I cant see a "smurf" or a "smurfette" anymore without laughing. It was bad!
Drew2

Trenton, NJ

#7 Oct 24, 2007
Dunnin wrote:
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Cant say I know the difference, but I will tell you this. My other half sent me an email one time with a dirty ditty about Papa Smurf and a blonde one. I cant see a "smurf" or a "smurfette" anymore without laughing. It was bad!
Yeah, I've seen that dirty email. Twas quite funny.

I think everyone on here that is familiar with me knows I believe in God, I try to go to Mass as much as I can with my work schedule, but I just can't fathom how people can try to make Halloween into such a BAD thing! I mean that's one of the most fun holidays for kids! Even as an adult, I can remember the excitement of getting dressed up and going trick or treating. I think the worst thing I ever was was a ghost. I dressed up as Punky Brewster one year. What shame! LOL

Since: Feb 07

Asheville

#8 Oct 24, 2007
Drew2 wrote:
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Yeah, I've seen that dirty email. Twas quite funny.
I think everyone on here that is familiar with me knows I believe in God, I try to go to Mass as much as I can with my work schedule, but I just can't fathom how people can try to make Halloween into such a BAD thing! I mean that's one of the most fun holidays for kids! Even as an adult, I can remember the excitement of getting dressed up and going trick or treating. I think the worst thing I ever was was a ghost. I dressed up as Punky Brewster one year. What shame! LOL
I'm with you Drew, I love Halloween, me and my kids have a great time with it. I am Christian,(a bad one) but one none the less. Everyday id God's day, but trick or treating and playing dress up I am in no way shape or form worshiping or honoring the devil.

If you'll notice most Churches now have their own trunk or treats and parties, they figured out Christians want to have a good time too.

Since: Feb 07

Asheville

#10 Oct 24, 2007
Richard wrote:
Why should the city honor a Wiccan and devil worshipping holiday {Winter Solice}?????? Is this an appeasment?? Surely anyone with any sense knows what it is all about.
Just shows you where the world is going--especially since Asheville has been invaded by the 'funny' people.
Wonder if Harry Potter was 'funny' too.
very sad~~~
Actually, it's the fall equinox, not the winter solstice...and Harry Potter had some very humorous passages in the series.
David_S

United States

#11 Oct 15, 2008
Actually it's winter 'solstice'. Honestly the only thing "sad" about Halloween are those closed minded enough to deny their children what has practically become an American institution because they cant see it as a night of fun instead of a pagan holiday. And while we're on the subject: Be it Wiccan, Pagan, homosexual, or what have you Asheville is a place of acceptance and forward thinking. If you can't climb on board maybe this isn't the right town for you.
David_S

United States

#12 Oct 15, 2008
p.s. In addition Wiccans aren't devil worshipers!!! They don't even believe in satan. The devil is exclusively a christian concept. Come on people educate yourselves before you persecute!

Since: Feb 07

Asheville

#13 Oct 15, 2008
David_S wrote:
Actually it's winter 'solstice'. Honestly the only thing "sad" about Halloween are those closed minded enough to deny their children what has practically become an American institution because they cant see it as a night of fun instead of a pagan holiday. And while we're on the subject: Be it Wiccan, Pagan, homosexual, or what have you Asheville is a place of acceptance and forward thinking. If you can't climb on board maybe this isn't the right town for you.
Well said.(But Halloween is actually closer to the fall equinox than to the winter solstice...)
local

Lincolnton, NC

#14 Oct 15, 2008
David_S wrote:
Actually it's winter 'solstice'. Honestly the only thing "sad" about Halloween are those closed minded enough to deny their children what has practically become an American institution because they cant see it as a night of fun instead of a pagan holiday. And while we're on the subject: Be it Wiccan, Pagan, homosexual, or what have you Asheville is a place of acceptance and forward thinking. If you can't climb on board maybe this isn't the right town for you.
This town has gone to hell.

Since: Dec 07

Asheville

#15 Oct 15, 2008
Why no announcements for Halloween this year?? this is last year's announcement. Maybe it's too early...or maybe there's no money for it this year.....:(

“PO'd Puddy Cat”

Since: Jan 08

Asheville NC

#16 Oct 15, 2008
Lake28804 wrote:
Why no announcements for Halloween this year?? this is last year's announcement. Maybe it's too early...or maybe there's no money for it this year.....:(
I noticed that too. I guess some people have to have something to complain about even if the news is a year old. LOL

Since: Dec 07

Asheville

#17 Oct 15, 2008
Carolinakat wrote:
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I noticed that too. I guess some people have to have something to complain about even if the news is a year old. LOL
Hey Ckat...I think you're right..:)

“PO'd Puddy Cat”

Since: Jan 08

Asheville NC

#18 Oct 15, 2008
Lake28804 wrote:
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Hey Ckat...I think you're right..:)
Hey back at you Lake. How goes it? We will have to get together next month and have a cold one.

Since: Dec 07

Asheville

#19 Oct 16, 2008
Carolinakat wrote:
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Hey back at you Lake. How goes it? We will have to get together next month and have a cold one.
You know I'm ready...:)
bustle

United States

#20 Oct 31, 2008
OH PLEASE!! This is the most ridiculous discussion. Richard: are you serious? Asheville has been "invaded by the 'funny' people"? I'm assuming you are referring to the wide diversity of people that this WONDERFUL city holds... gays, lesbians, hippies, goths, yuppies, rockers, christians, jews, artists, bankers... you get my drift. Welcome to the real world. If you are really that ignorant and unaccepting, maybe you should move to Mississippi. Asheville has no room for folks like you.
open-minded

Asheville, NC

#21 Oct 31, 2008
Richard wrote:
Why should the city honor a Wiccan and devil worshipping holiday {Winter Solice}?????? Is this an appeasment?? Surely anyone with any sense knows what it is all about.
Just shows you where the world is going--especially since Asheville has been invaded by the 'funny' people.
Wonder if Harry Potter was 'funny' too.
very sad~~~
HEY RICHARD: do a little reading and you will learn that winter solstice has absolutely nothing to do with devil worship (nor halloween; it's in late december), and that Christian holidays were in fact heavily influenced by the Pagan calendar (such as winter solstice being in december). Open your mind! Apparently you are one of those FUNNY people who don't bother thinking for yourself and one that listens too much to your public television, ill-informed, manipulative televangelists.

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