Happy Hallowe'en, (mainly because it freaks out fundies)
Oh, and the whole candy thing.
Hallowe'en is an interesting little tradition we have here, eh? At my age, I'm kind of indifferent to it. Though I thoroughly enjoy the leftover candy (but not Rockets - man do I hate those things - why do they even keep making them?), the whole costume thing kind of bothers me. It's not the idea of costumes (hell, they can be fun) but having to think of an idea for costumes. Not only thinking of a good costume, too, but also either buying or making one. Big pain in the ass. If you buy, it often makes you look like a tool, especially if you cheap out. If you make your own costume, you have to put in a lot of effort so that your costume won't suck and make you look like a tool. Costumes are a real ordeal sometimes.
Unless you're a hot girl, then you can just dress slutty and all is well.
The other thing about Hallowe'en is that a lot of religious people have a hard time with the idea of a day celebrating the demonic. Assuming that their religion is correct, I can appreciate their concerns (at least a little), except for the fact that Hallowe'en is so far removed from demonic things as you can get these days.
Noteworthy costumes at the party I went to included Batman, Wonder Woman, a giant banana, a guy who got run over by a car, a guy dressed as a hillbilly girl (now that's frightening), two Greek maidens, several Little Red Riding Hoods along with a wolf in grandma's clothes, Comic Book Guy, and Geisha, a Priest and a Nun. The only demony costume was a single vampire.
Really, I think these religious type people are missing the point of modern Hallowe'en. It's not about frightening people with ghouls and goblins; it's about dressing up and having a good time.
There is an alternative. Perhaps their aversion to Hallowe'en has less to do with the devil than it does with the fundy desire to stamp out fun.