Yep. We were bequeathed a black cat when my brother moved out (lazy bum) and I'll just say that we will make sure that we check every door so the slippery bugger can't get out.I agree - and I amended my comments.
I also understand the take on Halloween. I will say that this falls into the doubt disputations that Paul teaches on. My own beliefs is that it's an Americanized commercial holiday and the traditions of today are harmless and bear no association with the origins.
But it's also the most unsafe Holiday of the year. A lot of bad stuff happens today.
One small example, try and go down to the animal shelter and adopt a cat. They won't let you. Do you know why? Because people sacrifice them on halloween. They set them on fire and do all kids of messed up stuff. It's so bad that the ASPCA has a moratorium this time of year.
This is the one of the highest holidays for people who belief and worship demons and the occult.
To your last sentence, that stuff is real. When I was in college, we were looking for trouble and went out to this place called Coronado Heights in central Kansas where we heard that some neo-pagan or wiccan folks used to go to celebrate Samhain. Central Kansas is completely flat outside of this one particular area that had somewhat of a mesa that was higher than everywhere else in the area - so back in the day they built a fort on it. Either way, we snuck up on some folks and saw some weird stuff.