Since, most don't believe in ghosts and other silly stuff that goes along with the holiday. Do we still observe some of it for the children. I rather ignore it like the rest of the religious holidays.
I like celebrations... period. Halloween is my favorite because it is silly, fun and can be made non-religious if you leave out certain aspects. Just because I don't believe in any religion or the existence of god doesn't mean I don't believe in living life joyously... being silly is part of that.
mmmm candy, pumpkin, monsters, witches, black cats, goblins, ghosts....YAY!
One of the best things about being an atheist/freethinker is the freedom from dogma. You can do whatever you like. Enjoy Halloween or other holidays? Celebrate them. Think they're dumb? Ignore them/ bitch about them to your hearts content.?
I love holidays even chrismas its more about family and friends than anything else.
But yes i love Halloween I love candy, dressing up, spooky stuff, and of course how happy it makes the kids. But I aslo love it out of spite bc my overly religious mother wouldn't let me celebrate as a kid because it was "the devils birthday".
There is nothing wrong with an atheist observing Halloween or even Christmas for that matter. They have morphed from religious holidays into folk festivals. Ask any little kid what Easter, Christmas, and Halloween are about and they will tell you, "the Easter Bunny and candy, Santa Claus and presents, and wearing a costume and candy. No need for an atheist to be anal about such folk festivals.
Any reason to put on a party and get sloshed is a good enough reason for me. It's been years lol.
When I realized that 99.9% of the so called sacred religous traditions were stolen from previous cultures (thanks for that, Aron Ra), that feeling of guilt I once had at these times of year vanished. So, holidays are what you make of them.
It's always amused me that most of the people crying about non-believiers advocating for a more inclusive holiday season are the same ones continually prepetuating the commercially dominated non-sense that is Christmas in the 21st centery. That "give and be charitable" aparently now translates to "go into debt buying near term landfill clutter for everyone you know".
I don't give candy. But I enjoy the time of year. In between Thanksgiving and the big holiday.
I don't find anything objectionable about dressing up in a fun costume and asking neighbors for candy (for kids.) Or having a dress-up/costume party (kids or adults.) Regardless of orgins, I embrace reasons to celebrate, have fun, and break up the monotony of daily life.
since atheism is not a religion, there is no tradition and are no rules regarding this. some atheists do and some don't. yes, the holiday began as a religious one, but it isn't one now. yes it has ghosties in it but do you avoid science fiction too? you don't have to believe in the elements of fiction to enjoy it, and that goes for hallowe'en too.