All Saint’s Day honors all of the Catholic saints. The Roman Catholic Church refers to it as the “Solemnity of All Saints.”
“Halloween” is a direct derivation of All Saints’ Day. All Hallows in Old English means “the feast of the saints.” “Halloween,” first attested in the 16th century, is a Scottish variant of All-Hallows-Even. The “Even” meant evening. The spelling of the word was once “Hallowe’en,” in which the “v” was elided. The current spelling of the holiday wasn’t adopted until the early 20th century.
(Another major Halloween fact: Who is the “Jack” of “Jack O’ Lantern?” The scary answer can be found here.)
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