So the more you live the more you learn. People, there’s nothing like doing your own research. Let me tell you! Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, consider getting informed about it. Turns out Kali Puja (India & Nepal) , Yu Lan (Hong Kong & China), Festival of the Dead (various places) and Pangangaluluwa (The Phillipines) are worth knowing about too. Samhain (Celtic), Dia de Los Muertos (Central/South America) and Damballah Huedo (Yoruba) are as well. You’ll notice a bunch of similarities when it comes to dates, rituals and more. Educate yourself and your youths.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festival_of_the_Dead Festival of the Dead
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_around_the_world Halloween and similar celebrations around the world
http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/20153/%E2%80%98tabi-tabi-po%E2%80%99 A little more about Pangangaluluwa
http://www.celebrate-day-of-the-dead.com Dia de los Muertos (aka Day of the Dead)
P.S.- The bottom line is that indigenous people have been celebrating their ancestors for ages. In the larger scheme of things, All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day and Halloween are all pretty new. Folks, check that back story! You may be pleasantly surprised. I know I was.