Halloween was not always the costume-wearing candy-gathering event it has evolved into with today’s society. In fact, the evil folklore that most people accustom this occasion with is something that came along much later after its inception.
The history of Halloween typically links it to a Celtic festival kept by the Gaels and Celts in the British Isles. It was a celebration of the summer’s end. If you believe this to be the true history, then there is no evidence that it was connected with the dead in pre-Christian times, or that pagan religious ceremonies were held. However, that does not preclude the fact that in today’s society some individuals and groups have changed this into a celebration of evil and the spiritual forces that go along with their beliefs.
My advice, for what’s its worth, is if you have children, find a church in your area that is celebrating this occasion in a health and safe manner. Let your kids dress up in a costume that does not represent an evil force and then send them out to gather the goods.
Remember you have the final say as to what gets eaten and what does not. If you find your favorite candy in their booty of goodies, claim it. It’s part of your reward for looking out for their best interest.