As the pumpkin season approaches, and ghouls, goblins and witches don their cloaks ready to scare the "living daylights" (you thought I was going to say "shit" didn't you?) out of you, one of Nanny's chums has decided to put his foot down about the whole nasty little business of Halloween.
The Bishop of Bolton, the Right Rev David Gillett, is asking Britain's retailers to stock alternatives to traditional Halloween merchandise.
In his view they are helping to create a "climate of fear".
Actually I rather thought that it was the media, aided and abetted by Nanny, that had created a real climate of fear over Muslim extremism, terrorists, obesity, global warming and bird flu etc.
Seems that I was wrong!
Anyhoo, the Right Rev David Gillett said that shops were helping to promote a "dark and negative" side of the festival.
"I share the view of many Christians
that large retailers are increasingly keen to commercialise
in a way that pressurises parents to purchase goods
that promote the dark, negative side of Halloween
and could encourage antisocial behaviour.
I am worried that Halloween has the potential to trivialise the realities of evil in the world."
What about the far more damaging rampant consumerism and excess indulgence of Christmas then?
The bishop seems to forget that all Christian festivals are in fact linked and timed to coincide with our pagan past, a ham fisted way of trying to make us forget our past in fact.
Now we know why the Church of England is becoming an irrelevance.