It's All Hallows' Eve! 'Hallowe'en' is just the shortened version of that phrase.
Day before All Saints' Day! Holy Day of Obligation.
I attended All Hallows' School, Grades I to XII.
So it's quite Christian, IMO!
I did when our kids were young but not any more. I do usually keep some sweets at the door for the trick or treaters although last year I heard one kid say, "that's not very much to give us" as he walked away. So maybe this year he'll get even less - nothing!
Yes I love to decorate my front patio for Halloween and use my scrapbooking supplies to decorate about 30 trick or treat bags for all the children who would call by. Unfortunately I have moved to another area this year and no one seems to do anything, but I will decorate my patio as usual. Will decorate a few bags as well just in case!
My only 'thing' is I've started a 'Candle' collection!
First was a 'Black Owl', then a 'White Skull', so I await this year's addition!
As have travelled to Mexico a few times', have a 'beautiful(?)' 'Day of the Dead' carved skull. That Feast is celebrated around 3-4 November, so close to All Hallows' Eve!
I enjoy all the kjds doing the rounds of the street dressed in some really great costumes. I have orange and black balloons all around the front and on the letterbox to indicate our participation and loads of sweets for everyone. I find the majority are not greedy and only take what I've indicated. Only had 2 who took more than they should and they were told not to be greedy. Last year we had more than we've ever had. I'd say at least 50. I've a cackling witch on a broomstick which permanently hangs in my entry and when I clap, or a loud noisd is made, she cackles and spins around. Only one little one was a little taken back by her.