Not spooked, just saddened. Grownups should be protecting children from all that is hideous and heinous, but for weeks/months prior to the night it is in their faces everywhere they go.
If we said no to exposing children to the monstrously horrific activities that pass for entertainment and only promoted that which is beautiful to all their senses might we see different behavior from them? Would their hearts be more encouraged instead of dreadfully discouraged? How is that we expect them to behave when their entertainments mock beauty and embrace the worse than ugly?
It's not that this date's activities are alone responsible for kids becoming more depressed, more disconnected, more addicted to various drugs, and more violent, but it is that there are dots to connect. That grownups think it is funny to thoughtlessly scare and even terrorize children/teens at this time without giving consideration to how it helps to harden their hearts and minds is curious in face of the fact that science has proven that brain development is markedly incomplete until the early 20s.
Others give various reasons for opposing the day, such as turning children into demanding beggars, too much candy, and more. But it's not difficult to agree with many who are convinced that the serious issues children face today are connected to tremendously powerful exposure to all that is frighteningly repulsive and viciously violent on this date and throughout the year.