I have always seen this as a positive thing. Each year I invited parents from different backgrounds, to come in and visit our classroom and share something from their culture. One year I had a mom come in with traditional Jewish latkes and we played Spin the Dreidl. The kids had a blast and they got to learn more about their classmate and his family's celebrations.
With the excitement of the day it can be hard to get students to focus on things that aren't Halloween related so I always plan for some Halloween themed activities. At this time of year we are usually working on sequencing as a way to help improve our organization skills in writing. So I created this activity to help us:
My goal for writing this post isn't to insight drama but to share my reasons for still including Halloween in the classroom (as well as other celebrations from a wide variety of cultures).