I’d just like to add that a Jew, Ill be spending Halloween in a ballroom full of gay people. I hope both to spread the message that G-d loves homosexuals, and to finally take home a trophy.
There are some Jews in America who do not celebrate Halloween due to its pagan origins, and later Christian associations. There are actually some Jews who do not celebrate Thanksgiving because they feel it is A Christian holiday. Luckily, we have Purim. This holiday commemorates another nutcase who tried to kill us, and failed. We bake special triangular cookies called hamentashen (There’ was a thread where Zev posts pictures of his children making hamentashen. Krusty the Klown aslo calls his daughter, Sophie, “my little hamentashen.”) There are tellings of the story of Purim, in which the audience must make noise each time the name of the villain is read. Costumes are worn, and adults are encouraged to drink. I think last year I wore a bathrobe and sandals, carried a walking stick and told people I was the prophet Shlemiel.