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Night of Living Dead at Cathedral

'You don't know the power of the dark side'

Written by . Published on October 30th 2012.

Night of Living Dead at Cathedral

HALLOWE'EN is a time of year which arouses mixed emotions. 

The old traditions of pumpkins and apple bobbing have been supplemented with US trick or treat which some enjoy, others see as a nuisance. 

Based on the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, it originally marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, or the “darker half” of the year. It was also seen as a time when the door to the Otherworld opened enough for the souls of the dead to come outside Feasts were held and they were invited to join the party. 


To indicate that it is on the eve of feast day of of All Saints, modern times and Christianity gave it the name Hallow'een – but some churches have serious problems with the proliferation of witchcraft paraphernalia. 

Many have responded by offering light parties as a Halloween alternative. However, this year, Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral is once again giving a different slant by exploiting its own Gothic charms and the “wild and the dangerous” side of its faith with Night of the Living Dead.

Canon Richard White, who is spearheading the service, said “It’s worship with a difference. Geared towards anyone 16 or over we’re using our magnificent Gothic building to create an amazing atmospheric service.”

“Halloweve” first appeared in the Cathedral in 2010 in a dramatic Eucharist that had a coffin as its centrepiece and looked at fear as a theme. Using the space, lighting and its powerful organ to great effect it came to be recognised as a powerful worship experience. 

Canon White said: “Teenagers and young people have a natural fascination with the supernatural. Teen culture is full of the subject. Let’s use this interest in the spiritual world as an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to enable us to share the gospel in fresh and exciting ways.”

While it openly bids to attract younger people into the fold, he dismisses any accusation that this is just a gimmick: “It’s a genuine act of worship. Church isn’t supposed to be tame and safe. We have a wild, dangerous, challenging faith. And we’re much richer spiritually when we realise that.

“Halloweve is different, edgy.” 


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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Bob ApplesOctober 30th 2012.

Pumpkins? 'Traditional'?! Pumpkins are from America! Traditional lamps for duckapple night were made from turnips!

GhouliesOctober 30th 2012.

Aye! With a stump of candle, not yer poncey 'tea lights' they have these days. The smell of candle-roasted turnip was all part of the festival!

Tea lights were called night lights when I were a lad and only ever seen on Blue Peter, certainly not in the shops around our way.

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Darth FormbyOctober 31st 2012.

Night lights they were! We had lots of them during the three day week. They didn't make as much sense during the sugar strike though.

Bump in the NightOctober 30th 2012.

Pumpkins were rarely seen in this country until about fifteen years ago. I reckon it was Asda, the supermarket that also tried to introduce another American import, 'Halloween Eggs' for gangs of louts to throw at people and their houses. For 'fun' apparently.

AnonymousOctober 31st 2012.

It's a damned disgrace every Hallowe'en all these idiots splattering people with eggs. You need to boil them for 20 minutes.

Darth FormbyOctober 31st 2012.

Ahem...Cannon White used his powerful organ to great effect.

AnonymousOctober 31st 2012.

We had hundreds of packets of sugar lined up during the sugar strike. They were 11p at the time. It was never the same after that. Happy times

Paul WardOctober 31st 2012.

Inspiration strikes. The perfect thing to do to Thatcher's corpse - shove a two pound bag of Tate 'n' Lyle up its fundament.

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Darth FormbyNovember 1st 2012.

It'll take a bit more than that to attract the worms.

Darth FormbyNovember 1st 2012.

Anon, during the sugar strike, I can remember my mum almost getting into a fight over a bag of sugar in a shop. We ran out of sugar within days. When we did, she washed the sugar bowl and put it back, empty, in it's rightful place...the dead centre of the table. That's when I stopped taking sugar in my tea, eating it on butties etc. By the time the sugar flowed again I'd done my turkey. I don't use it much.

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Barry WilkinsonNovember 1st 2012.

We normally use 'stuffing' in our turkey..not sugar

Paul PaulsNovember 1st 2012.

Aye, happen

Murder in the DarkNovember 6th 2012.

'You don't know the power of the dark side'

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