When I decided to stop celebrating Halloween, my sister was very upset. Giving up Christmas, she understood. Giving up Valentine’s Day, okay. But Halloween?! Wasn’t that going too far? Did I mention that my sister is a Wiccan who believes that Halloween is a religious holiday? Eventually, she conceded this point. And I asked to borrow her Halloween costume for Purim. Just kidding.
I’m at Curves, the women’s gym I frequent, when someone mumbles something about kosher Halloween candy. This causes Lynn, one of the women who works there, to respond: “If you’re worried about whether or not Halloween candy is kosher, why are you celebrating Halloween?” A fair question from a non-Jew, no?