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Very insightful writing, and some interesting considerations of the 'lessons' of Halloween.  Regarding the facing of fears, it occurs to me that one might be passing along one's own very basic life fears to one's children by banning things.  But I don't know, as I am not frightened nor threatened by Halloween, nor do I have children.  I do find it quite funny to hear Christians express their fears about it as well, and also feel just a bit sorry for them.  It also occurs to me that Christians might be especially prone to realize what sort of effect it has to prohibit partaking of something.  Take that pesky apple for instance...