I'm so sick of people being "offended" by everything! Next it will be a "Winter" party so as not to offend the little kids' parents who don't celebrate Christmas.
I have a unique perspective to celebrating holidays as I have been on both sides of the issue. When I was 10 years old, my dad decided we weren't going to celebrate holidays anymore because they were not in the Bible. At first it was weird but you know what, I didn't miss much. I got more stuff at my birthday instead.
After I got married, my husband's family celebrates holidays and now so do I. I believe just because it's not mandated by the Bible doesn't mean we can't do it (it's not like the Bible says DON"T celebrate Christmas).
As for the pagan tradition associated with Halloween, there is also a pagan tradition associated with Christmas and Easter. In fact, the early Church incorporated these celebrations into the Church and changed them around to make them "Christian." Probably to attract new members ("See, you can be a Christian and still have your pagan holidays; we just won't call them pagan anymore!")
We celebrate Halloween. I cook a gumbo and we live in a small community so the kids still trick-or-treat. We will decorate the house soon and we've already got our costumes. I'm going to help at Ian's Halloween party at school and hand out treats to the kids that come to my door that night dressed as a witch. I requested the night off work. I think it's fun.
Oh, yes, I also have a Halloween scrub jacket and socks that I wear to work. And I ride my broom to work when the car won't start!