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Old 10-31-2013, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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OK, I really wanted to do the mormon bicycle missionary thing. It would be easy and obvious but my wife said NO WAY since she's certain it would irritate the neighbors too much.

The party is tonight. I thought of another one, "Evolution Man". Start with a small chimp doll, then a bigger one, then a bigger one, tie them all together behind me. I just don't have those type dolls - I have lots of my kids dolls but I doubt I have enough to make it look good.

I liked the doppler effect idea but I'm not sure what it would look like (I'm also an EE who has worked on fighter jet radar).

Any other last minute suggestions?

Thank You so far.
Too bad you abandoned the Mormon idea. At the club I went to tonight, a couple came in with the Mormon costume. HUGE hit.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:23 PM
 
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Exclamation tooth fairy

Dress up as a tooth fairy as every atheists argument inevitably comes down to tooth fairies.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:15 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Slutty teacher. Which of course is the correct answer 100% of the time when someone asks what they should dress as.
I hope you took my suggestion.
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:12 AM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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About 78% of people in the US consider themselves Christians.
Statistics on Religion in America Report -- Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
There is no way Halloween could be such a popular (and profitable) celebration if Christians were opposed to Halloween.
I keep writing it, and you keep ignoring it. I'm talking about the heavy-duty, by-the-book, fundamentalist Christians. I added links and articles and interviews.
Again, I wasn't referring to all Christians. I hope this settles the matter.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:11 AM
 
Location: 'greater' Buffalo, NY
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Hope you went as a Cheektowaga theist. There are plenty of them around here, but I'm sure there'd be novelty in Las Flores, CA. I live in the next town over from Cheektovegas. I remember that your parents were from Dunkirk or something else respectably WNY (a great place to be from, not so much to continue to endure)
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:07 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I keep writing it, and you keep ignoring it. I'm talking about the heavy-duty, by-the-book, fundamentalist Christians. I added links and articles and interviews.
Again, I wasn't referring to all Christians. I hope this settles the matter.
Maybe we are talking over each other's heads. If you looked at the link I posted, it breaks down the religious affiliation of Americans by denomination.

Let's look at the smaller denominations first:
Mormon: 1.7% of US population; usually no probs with Halloween, prefer modest costumes
Orthodox (Greek, Russian, etc) 0.6% (of US population) No known problems with Halloween
Jehovah's Witness 0.6%; generally do not celebrate Halloween
Other Christian 0.3%; hard to know since the denom is unspecified

Now for the biggies:
Catholic 23.9%; no problems with Halloween
Evangelical Protestant: 26.3% SOME of these folks have "problems" with Halloween
Mainline Protestants: 18.1% Includes some who believe in inerrancy, none to my knowledge have any problems with kids celebrating Halloween
Historically Black congregations: 6.9%; again usually no problems with Halloween.
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Let's look at the smaller denominations first:
Mormon: 1.7% of US population; usually no probs with Halloween...
Never any problems with Halloween, even among the most devout. Congregations sponsor Halloween parties and "Trunk or Treats" for the kids.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:15 PM
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To see a further breakdown of Protestant churches, see this link:

Statistics on Religion in America Report -- Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
and download the report.

Note that 3.4% of protestants are non-denominational. Many of these non-dom churches do have concerns with Halloween, and disapprove of members celebrating the holiday in the traditional sense. 3.4%!

This link previously posted is hardly a "fire and brimstone" article.
Satan's Birthday: A Brief Discussion on Halloween and Christianity | Brandon Ambrosino
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:50 PM
 
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Now that Halloween is over your mask of denial stays on.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:22 AM
 
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I find that understanding a little bit about human psychology is often enlightening. Religion and atheism are both on different sides of the same coin. Both extremely warped views on why we exist. Both parties will ultimately belive what ever they want to believe. Atheists claim disbelief in magic which is what they accuse religion of. What is magic? pulling a rabbit out of thin air? A universe that not only comes out of thin air but no air, no anything. Then again what really is nothing? A subjective absence of reality as we know it. Science or the rudimentary understanding of science is very new at least to the extent that understanding science has flourished exponentially.However the human race if it does not become extinct, has a lot to learn about reality or the lack of it. Both religion and atheism are simplistic dogmatic statements about the state of reality.
Humans in general find real objective open minded thinking to be a painfuller task to be avoided at all costs. In psychology there are what are referred to as cognitive distortions. The one that comes to mind is black and white thinking. It is either ridiculous, or nothing at all. You either beleive any thing or nothing. You either bother to think and except the consequences or you run and hide. Ignorance is bliss
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