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Think about it.
In the old days, every holiday was a reason to greet your neighbours and mingle with those you might not otherwise see. Carolling and wassailing meant going door-to-door. You might even exchange gifts. Easter meant egg hunts in public spaces. We still have parades, but in most communities parades are more spectator sport than interactive event.
So, feel good about throwing yourself into the holiday. Dress up when you take your kids trick-or-treating. Make your house spook central. And be glad that we still have one day to build community, because most of the social forces in our current culture are more interested in tearing community down.
(Oh, and, November 1st? Happy Birthday, Mom!)