I think a lot of British people still approach Halloween with dread, and spend the evening sat with the lights off, too scared to answer the door to teenagers who will probably do something really violent if you don't give them cold hard cash instead of sweets. (I personally love that episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, where Willow's dentist parents hand out toothbrushes instead of sweets!)
In previous years I've covered entire rooms in black plastic, worn 6ft wide devil wings, and hand-crafted a black wedding veil and bouquet. I have to say my tastes these days are more kitsch than Goth.
In the wonderful 1915 painting above, Howard Chandler Christy depicts guests bobbing for apples. Doesn't that look civilised? And notice the ladies and gentlemen are just in their usual party attire, with no fake blood in sight. Last year I went more Bewitched than Saw III for Halloween with my Kitty Copeland cape dress and big victory rolls. This year I have a dress that Morticia would gladly wear, and I am planning some potent cocktails and some home-made canapes (nothing that looks like severed fingers or anything else as horrid, I can't abide Halloween themed food!).
What are your plans for Halloween? Lights out and sat quietly? Or are you planning on some kind of costume and celebration?