But I've changed my views on all Hallow's Eve as the years have passed. I've been unequivocally gothic in years gone by - with Halloween almost an affirmation of that type of living. But growth as a person, and some measure of youthful self destruction eradicated, I can still see a celebration of death in life and life in death as being a healthy acceptance and acknowledgement of the cycle of life - all encapsulated in Halloween.
All the spooky get up in the world doesn't hide what the 31st of October is actually about. I once read of the tradition of setting an extra place at your table on the 31st to honour those who are no longer here - that is a gentle kindness to those we miss and have lost. That's my filter for All Hallow's Eve - what is yours?