Halloween has for years now been a major event where I live — but not in the way I remember it was when I was a kid. Then there was trick-or-treat from door to door in our neighborhood and, when I had outgrown that, greeting the young trick-or-treaters coming to our house, admiring their costumes and awarding the treat. There was also the annual church Halloween party — with participation by all ages, the challenge of figuring out who was who, and the awarding of prizes for the best disguises. All of that was fun. I'm sure it is like that in many places still.
Today Mollie Hemingway asks "Could We Tone Down the Halloween Mania a Smidge?" and refers to Amity Shlaes' column arguing that "Halloween’s Pagan Themes Fill West’s Faith Vacuum."
I've previously posted blog entries arguing that Halloween's origins were not pagan but that it has lost its innocence. Those posts: