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Halloween was once the vigil feast of All Saints' Day, celebrated on November 1 (Photo: PA)

Can smiley pumpkins, window lights and saints’ costumes really replace pointy hats, plastic fangs and pasty make-up?

Children dressed as saints in a costume workshop in Kansas (Photo: CNS)

Pumpkins should have smiley expressions and have crosses cut into the foreheads, according to a campaign endorsed by bishops