pagan holiday last year at St. Joseph's School .
I grit my teeth and smile politely when I see evangelical Christians balk at celebrating Halloween because it is a "pagan festival" that "honors the Devil," and instead have their wee Sarahs and Joshuas come - in costume - to "Harvest Fests", where said mucnhkins will bob for apples and ingest too much sugar, same as if they came to a Halloween party.
Halloween is a contraction of All Hallow's Eve, which means the Eve of All Saints Day, which is a Catholic holiday. Thus, I consider Halloween to be a Catholic-inspired holiday, which means I have absolutely no trouble with my kids' Catholic school having a Halloween parade on the 31st and my kids going door-to-door to trick-or-treat.
Oddly enough, those same Christian (read, non-Catholic) children who trotted off to their church's "Harvest Fest" the weekend before Halloween when the 31st falls on a weekday, come around to my door on the night of the 31st, bags open and ready to receive a piece of candy . . .