Sorry, but I am not and have never been a big fan of this holiday. Feeding kids gobs of sugar and scaring the be-geezers out of them, just does not align with my safe minded thinking. Yet, after "skipping" the holiday for the past two years in my neck of the woods due to weather related disasters, I am looking forward (I think), just a bit, to this stressful, strange, scary, but still enjoyed holiday!
While All Hallows Eve has both religious and secular roots in our society, our Halloween practices are in stark contrast to its dark and sinister roots.
We carve pumpkins because they look really cute on dark October evenings. We trick or treat in neighborhoods long after dark scaring ourselves just a wee bit, but gaining candy to nourish parents' sweet teeth all year long. On this day alone, we can be whomever and whatever we want!