b. The act or a period of observing; surveillance.
2. The eve of a religious festival observed by staying awake as a devotional exercise.
3. Ritual devotions observed on the eve of a holy day. Often used in the plural.
2. Religious ardor or zeal; piety.
3. a. An act of religious observance or prayer, especially when private. Often used in the plural.
b. devotions Prayers or religious texts: a book of devotions.
4. The act of devoting or the state of being devoted.
4. It is conceivably a devotion to have the children dress up in the costumes of the saints, learn their stories, and celebrate their lives playing saints games at a party on the Eve of All Saints.
5. It is not a devotion to dress up like a devil, or ghoul, or ghost, or princess, or political figure, or movie star or a cowboy, or a bum, or hobbit,or carrot, or what-have-you -- and go door-to-door collecting candy from generous neighbors.
7. It's not so much what we say, but what we do that our children remember.
Sidenote: We do not hide from Trick-or Treaters; if our driveway weren't so long and any costumed youngins actually came to our door, we'd have candy ready for them. We know that there is rarely evil intent in the little ghosts and princesses who are out and about at twilight on October 31st and we hold them no grudge, whatsoever. If we got any Trick-or-Treaters, though, I'd include a holy card with the candy just for the principle.
All our glorious saints, our special patrons and helpers, pray for us!