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A NIGHT that is believed to be the darkest each year has been embraced by a Portsmouth church.

City Life Church will open its doors for Halloween, inviting the community to come as you are.

Dan Harman, 31, senior pastor of the church, welcomes people to an event of all treat and no trick tonight.

He said: ‘In the past, historically the church have closed their doors and been resistant and protective over themselves because of Halloween.

‘I think for many people, Halloween is about fun and sugar.

‘We embrace this evil glorifying event as an opportunity to engage with the community and show them that there is light in the darkness.

‘As a church, we love to have fun and it should be one of the most fun places on the planet’

The evening will offer activities such as making cookies, a short talk, a prayer station and sweets.

Last year, more than two hundred people attended the event at the church in Tangier Road, Baffins.

Pastor Harman said: ‘Nobody has to stay for the full evening, however, we encourage more people to come and see what we’re all about.

‘God’s not out to trick people, but he’s out to bless people and wants to treat you.

‘We have crosses, love hearts, doves and the face of Jesus carved into pumpkins to represent the light and creation of God.

‘Let’s celebrate light and life. We believe Jesus is the light of the world and he gives new life more than the enemy who is about darkness and death.

‘This is an opportunity where we can provide community with a fun, alternative way of doing Halloween.’

An army of church-goers will take to the street to hand out sweets and glow sticks.

He said ‘We don’t judge people on how they look, we just wish to bless them with what we give.

‘We want them to experience the love of God.’

Doors open at 6pm and admission is free.