I have just been informed by my ex-wife that the local leisure centre are trying the political correctness approach and using religion as the excuse. As part of her business venture she has hired two halls on the weekend of the 28th October to run what has been termed a 'Halloween adventure'. Basically a large party for the kids involving all sorts of animals for the children such as a Boa constrictor, bearded dragon, tarantula and the list goes on. After the booking for one of the halls was made she then put out fliers and the leisure centre have phoned and cancelled the booking as 'Halloween' would offend too many people on religious grounds. This is an area that is predominantly white and christian. Other minority religious groups account for less than 5% of the local population. Halloween, from my limited research, has roots in paganism - defined as a religion with beliefs arising from other than Abrahamic roots (Not christian, Jewish or Muslim). Surprisisngly then paganism accounts for the religious beliefs of over 50% of the worlds population. Really at a loss to see how that can offend and more so as it is a themed party for children, primarily under ten years of age. Any views?