As schools stop throwing Halloween parties and parades and add rules about what costumes are permitted, it seems some of the holiday fun is being forgotten, Rabbi Shmuley says. He talks about celebrating the positive traditions of Halloween that bond families, schools and neighborhoods instead of being too politically correct.
People need to honor and support fun and innocent traditions, particularly those in which children are the focal point, Rabbi Shmuley says. He shares some of the positive aspects of Halloween.
"America needs more, not less, traditions and holidays that revolve around kids. Halloween is a fun, harmless and neutral means by which you and your children can meet new neighbors and discover the kindness of strangers. So to all of you who object to Halloween on the grounds that's its demonic or gory, I say, 'Come knock on my door, have something sweet and lighten up.'"