And I think that's regrettable.
As a parent I am appalled at a tradition that encourages children, on one night of the year, to practise what they'd be told off for doing at any other time: you give me something nice or I'll do something horrid to you. In the adult world isn't that known as extortion?
And as a human being I dislike the practice of celebrating evil.
'Oh, it's only a harmless bit of fun.'
I know people who've had their lives ruined by ritual abuse; that wasn't a harmless bit of fun.
Anything that lessens evil by making it seem fun or attractive is a threat. Cigarette advertising is banned now; why? Because images of good-looking men and women lighting up and looking cool drew people into smoking, which is now known to be bad for you.
Yet we seem to be happy to promote witchcraft. And, yes, I'm writing this as a Christian and I don't expect everyone to agree with me. I've never written about Halloween on my blog before I think because I was nervous about what reaction it would bring. So let's see.