We’ve all heard the allegations. Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids ... [t]he origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian and rather American. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a pope, and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety.
Later this evening, yours truly will be at the doorstep of Chez Alexandre, freezing his tukhus off, and handing out treats. There was no time to prepare a jack-o'-lantern for the event. Otherwise, we know what we would have wanted, don't you think?
Or don't you?
UPDATE: I bought four bags of discounted candy at the drug store on the way from the bus stop tonight, and I only went through one of them. I even called a bunch of kids from across the street by convincing their parents I could save them two or three stops. That's the bad news. The good news is, it could have been worse.