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Many of today's holidays and traditions have originated from things we cannot celebrate today. The passover seder explicitly mentions the killing of the first-born Egyptian children as one of the 10 plagues. I'm sure one can find more examples if one tries. But we don't put this kind of meaning into these traditions and rituals anymore. It is completely up to us what meaning we associate with them. In this way we change the traditions as we continue to observe them, which I think is the whole point.

I don't think anyone feels threatened by the trick-or-treat requests today.






Nitpick here, the Passover seder also explicitly states that the plagues are not being celebrated. On the contrary, a drop of wine is spilled for each plague as a symbol of reducing the Passover celebration in recognition of the suffering that was necessary to bring it about.
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I don't think anyone feels threatened by the trick-or-treat requests today.
Do you think that everybody who gives out gifts when a request happens wants to give out them and doesn't feel like he's forced to do so?

Do you think that cases where children play pranks of people for not giving them sweats don't exist?
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