The Bishop of Arundel and Brighton has criticised hallowe'en for being meaningless and a waste of money. He suggests children should dress up as saints.
I approve this idea and intend to detail one saint a day between now and All Saints Day to educate, entertain and possibly inspire costume ideas. Let's stop all the dressing up as the risen dead and bloodthirsty figures and get back to some good old-fashioned saintly religion.
Saint Sebastian was a christian and a soldier for the Roman Emperor Diocletian. When several Christians were arrested for refusing to sacrifice to Roman gods he encouraged them in prison and, indeed, converted several other officials and returned speech to a mute woman. Diocletian considered this a betrayal and had Sebastian tied to a stake and shot full of arrows ("as full as a hedgehog"). Sebastian of course didn't die. Later he harangued Diocletian who had Sebastian beaten to death and dumped in a privy.
Master of Saint Lucy Legend
Oil on panel, 70 x 26.7 cm
Aalst, Gallery Robert Pintelon
I like this idea - lot's of arrows, blood etc. Great stuff!
 Did someone mention Samhain?
 He's held up by early theologians as an example of how to be a good Christian and a good soldier
 Assuming any of this is true this was probably something to do with the Imperial cult - in other words refusing to acknowledge the Emperor as the supreme power.