A reader brings up an interesting point, and one worth addressing. She asks, "I was curious if it was anti-Pagan to celebrate Halloween? I'm sort of worried it might seem disrespectful to go out collecting candy while I'm supposed to be honoring the spirits of my dead ancestors. How do Halloween and Samhain relate if at all to one another?"
The short answer here is that you can do anything you like, as long as your tradition of Paganism doesn't have a "no Halloweenery" rule. Think of Samhain and Halloween like this - one is spiritual, one is secular. There's no reason they have to be mutually exclusive at all. You can still observe the fun and silliness of Halloween -- and pig out on candy, if you like -- while maintaining the more somber traditions of honoring the dead at Samhain. For more on this, read the FAQ: Pagans and Halloween.
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