Halloween, is a holiday about creepy crawlers, witches, and other ghoulish figures it’s been celebrated for many many years. It appears to date back to Germany where it has been celebrated for hundreds of years. Most likely at some point the Christian missionaries that came to Germany Christianized the holiday and turned it into all hallows Eve, which is how it is remembered today. It is the day where the spirit realm is the closest to the human realm. In order to ward away the evil spirits, people would put pumpkins out front of their house.
The modern incarnation of this holiday is basically a children’s holiday. Yes, adult celebrate but for the most part it is a children’s holiday. There is controversy surrounding this holiday particularly among Christians and whether we should be celebrating such a pagan holiday. However I feel that it is a children’s holiday with them dressing up as their favorite heroes, ghosts and or other fantasies. This is largely where it ends, the kids have fun with it and they don’t make it about paganism.
People may disagree with what I’m saying and that is their prerogative. However celebrating other holidays that are also largely a pagan tradition such as Christmas (Solstice), days of the week are named for pagan deities, Easter and so it is still setting a certain precedent. Therefore while I may not get dressed up, I highly encourage my kids to get dressed up and have fun with this holiday by collecting as much possible candy as they can. One day when they are older they will realize that this is just a children’s holiday that is largely what you make of it.