I respectfully submit that this country has a better grip on "the other reason for the season" than this (linked) blog.
Forget the risks to kids from poisoning, kidnap, etc.
Forget the risks to health from overconsumption of calories, refined sugar, carbohydrates, etc.
Forget the underlying extortive theme.
At its root the celebration of October 31 with masks, jack-o-laterns, and the like, is a celebration of evil.
Hat Tip to Russian schools for taking the appropriate approach, and to the Patriarch of Moscow for using his political influence to staunch the desensitization to evil in Russia. Gentle ribbing to brother Harris for being softer on the celebration of evil than the Russians.
P.S. And, of course, shame on Britain for this.