My wife and I love the plaque in our house which reads: "Until Further Notice, Celebrate Everything."
I celebrate xmas (Put the X back in Xmas) with the 'tards. I drink myself silly on Good Friday and mock the cult of death. I'd celebrate Ramadan if it didn't involve fasting. WTF?
Halloween has always been my favorite holiday! I will be celebrating my 30th Halloween this year and can say I've dressed up all 30x's :) It's been tradition in my house to decorate on Labor Day, and they stay up until mid-November.
Recently I've discovered the Mexican Day of the Dead (november 1st and 2nd), and I am very excited to celebrate my first this year. I plan to visit my sister-in-laws grave with my family and clean it up and decorate it. I think Day of the Dead is a wonderful way to honor the departed and cope with the finality of death, especially for those that do not believe in an afterlife.
I used to sew my sons' costumes every year - crayon, bumble bee, super hero, clown, knight, soldier. Halloween is a great chance to have fun and I love seeing the little ones all dressed up on the Big Night!
I always felt bad for one family at my sons' school. They were SUPER Catholic and would keep their kids home on the day of the class party. They weren't even allowed to participate in any Halloween crafts or coloring activities :(
What's the opinion of teenagers trick-or-treating? Some feel there should be some age cut-off, while others say what's the harm? They aren't out causing trouble, but rather participating in a fun, innocent activity.