Dan Walker: ‘Even on Strictly I don’t celebrate Halloween’

BBC presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dan Walker has explained that his decision to not wear a Halloween costume on the competition last weekend simply reflects his long-held view about how it is celebrated.

Strictly features a Halloween special every year, but some viewers were confused as to why Walker and dance partner Nadiya Bychkova were dressed as lobsters.

Walker explained that he had asked not to wear a themed costume because he and his family do not celebrate Halloween.


Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Walker said: “we don’t celebrate Halloween in our house and I’ve got to say a huge thank you to Strictly because they enabled me to be a part of that programme without sort of doing Halloween.

“And our kids, they would normally go to a light party on Halloween weekend or whenever that might be and I couldn’t go on that programme and be a disingenuous dad.”

He continued: “Anybody who’s got children and they talk to their children about what they can do and what they can’t do and why they do things a certain way… And I can’t say, ‘Do as I say but not as I do’”.


Walker, an evangelical Christian, has previously been vocal about how his faith in God shapes how he lives.

In an interview with Sorted Magazine last year, he said: “I believe that if you have a strong faith in Jesus Christ, it has to make a difference to how you live your life. It informs who I am and who I would like to be, where I’m going, the way I talk, the way I act, hopes, dreams, aspirations etc.

“It is a significant part of every day I live. It is the most important thing about me and I can’t imagine life without Jesus.”


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