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Why Halloween Called Halloween?

Updated on October 24, 2016
Why is Halloween called Halloween?
Why is Halloween called Halloween?

October 31st, every year is a day of fun, frolics and fear.

Did you know that the term 'Halloween' was originally spelt Hallowe'en and was derived from All Hallows' Eve?

Even more fascinating is the fact that All Hallows Eve is the day (or night) before All Saints Day, or 'All Hallowed Day'.

All Hallows Eve is an old Christian tradition aimed at scaring away evil spirits before All Saints Day arrived, the day to remember the saints who had died and were in heaven.

This explains then why on Halloween, people put on masks, wear costumes, carve pumpkins and play tricks on each other, as a symbol of turning away all the scary, evil spirits.

As with most traditions, the original meanings are long lost fables and what takes over is a fun celebration which see kids of all ages (including the older folk) get involved in many creative ways.

How to pronounce Halloween

> "E'en" is a contraction of "even" which is short for evening

> "Eve" is also short for evening

Therefore All Hallows Eve is the same as Hallows E'en or as it came to be pronounced today, Halloween

Halloween Decorations

As with most traditions, some people go to extreme lengths to celebrate and in some cases spend a lot of money. But this does not have to be the case. There are always alternatives and always options to having fun, getting into the spirit (pardon the pun) of the day/night without breaking the bank.

Thrift stores are great places to visit, and you can always get creative with the kids. Don't forget too that many decorations can be re-visited year after year. The older they are the more spooky they can look!

It all adds to the effect.

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How To Carve A Pumpkin

Why do we carve pumpkins at Halloween?

Halloween is a tradition that sees children dressing up in fun costumes, visiting homes around the area asking for candy with the cry of "trick or treat" and homes being decorated in wonderful décor. One thing that is always a stand out, is the pumpkin, jack-o'-lantern, which you can spot on porches all over the world.

But why the pumpkin? As with most legends, the stories can differ depending on who's telling it, but the theme tends to remain the same. The carving of a pumpkin and lighting it up from the inside with a candle is said to be the key to warding off evil spirits.

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What Are The Best Halloween Movies?

If you don't fancy dressing up, or decorating your home, you can always settle down for the night with a scary movie to spook things up a bit.

If you are planning a movie night with the kids, don't forget that there are alternatives that will suit all ages.

  • A great one for the kids "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown "
  • A great one to spook you is "The Haunting", with sinister music, sound effects and the works.
  • And one for laughs has to be the one starring Gene Wilder as "Young Frankenstein" - a Mel Brooks creation.

What is your all time Halloween favorite movie?

Halloween History

For an in-depth look at Halloween, take a look at the History Channel.

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      5 years ago from India

      Interesting article on Halloween. Voted up.

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