Common perceptions notwithstanding Halloween is not a pagan feast.
The origins of the word Halloween are rooted in early Christian celebrations of All Saints’ (Hallows) Day November 1st. All Saints is observed along with All Souls’ Day, November 2nd, by number of Christian traditions including our own United Methodist, as a celebration of the faithful departed with whom we share eternal “sweet communion” in Christ.
In years past these feasts were celebrated together, with the observance beginning after Vespers on the evening before All Hallows, or Hallows’ Eve.
The UMC Web Page, Available Here, provides a good United Methodist perspective on “the holy day Wesley loved.”