In the United States, Halloween is the only one of our major holidays that has no religious connotations (it may have once upon a time, but has now been mashed together from so many pagan, Christian and secular traditions that they are indistinguishable) and no heavy reminders of relationship and responsibility. This night is entirely about having fun and enjoying yourself. It's not surprising, therefore, that we love it so much - this is the second biggest retail holiday of the year after Christmas.
So I'm going to get some work done, get some exercise, and probably take a nap. Then I'm going to put on my Spider Queen costume, turn on the fog machine and strobe light, and prepare to give out candy to the neighborhood kids!
Whether you have kids of your own, you're headed out to party, or you're preparing to hang out and give out candy yourself (or you're hiding in the basement or closet watching a horror film with all the lights off), I hope you have fun plans for tonight, and I hope you have a safe and enjoyable Halloween!