great post over at Tea at Trianon regarding the American origins of celebrating Halloween.
Here is a link to the article mentioned in the post and here is a direct link to Fr. Augustine Thompson's article. Interesting stuff. Another good article, Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween is worth the read?
Honestly, I never understood the big deal over little kids dressing up like their favorite cartoon characters or their favorite saints and going door to door for candy. I don't allow my kids to dress up in anything "evil". I don't see the point. I think the "scariest" thing that ever came out of this house was a Ninja and that was because his favorite book at the time was the Magic Tree House: Night of the Ninjas. Of course, I wasn't aware at the time that there is also an apparent controversy over the Magic Tree House Books too. Sigh.
Whatever you choose to do tonight with your children, make sure it begins and ends in prayer....and enjoy!