halloweenHalloween has its roots in two celebrations: the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saint’s Day. The spooky festival’s name, however, comes from only one.

Samhain is Gaelic for “summer’s end,” and marks what has loosely been labeled the “Celtic New Year.” The end of the “lighter half” of the year and the beginning of the “darker half.”

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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  1. Aristotle384 -  November 13, 2013 - 10:39 am

    Halloween owes its existence mostly to the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-INN). When the Church tried to convert pagans in Europe, they would invent holidays with similar but more “appropriate” religious themes to those celebrated by the pagans, and place them on similar dates. This apparently helped ease the transition for most converts. That is why Samhain is close to All Saints Day, Christmas is close to the Winter Solstice, and Easter is close to the Spring Equinox.

    For most Celtic tribes, fall was viewed as a time of preparation for the dark winter months ahead. During winter, the time between sunrise and nightfall is shortened due to way the Earth tilts on its axis. The closer you are to the Arctic Circle, the more exaggerated the effect. Fall was viewed as a time of death, and Samhain was considered to be the one night of the year when ghosts and witches could freely roam the Earth. The Catholic Church created two holidays (All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day) to celebrate the dead and gently remind their pagan converts that the Christian afterlife was the “real deal”.

  2. Kay. -  October 29, 2013 - 9:07 am

    wow, This Is CRAZY .

  3. Jill Marie Loremia -  October 29, 2013 - 5:52 am

    whats with the ghost pictures?

  4. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 29, 2013 - 2:57 am

    Warjna, I found the perfect Scripture passage to refute your whole argument except the part about the devil. “Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles [non-Jews] too? Yes, _of Gentiles too,_ since there is _only one God_, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised by that same faith” (Romans 3:29-30), emphasis mine. If you don’t believe me, look it up, as you suggest we do. I used the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible. And it’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” not “A Midsummer Night’s Eve.” Where in that play does it say that it takes place on June 21? Also, “midsummer” and “midwinter” could refer to any time between the first and the last days of those seasons. So even though Christmas is just 4 days after the winter solstice, it is still technically in midwinter.

  5. Samantha -  October 28, 2013 - 8:31 pm

    DAY OF THE DEAD IS THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Wes -  October 28, 2013 - 6:43 pm

    Is everybody 13 on here? All Hallow’s Day is November 1st. All Hallow’s Eve is October 31st. Christmas Eve isn’t on December 25th, weirdos :\
    Furthermore, the tradition of Halloween was meant to ward off evil spirits for All Saint’s Day.

  7. Jennifer -  October 28, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    The whole thing about the veil between the living and the dead being lifted on Halloween is correct. Dressing up in scary costumes was supposed to be a way of scaring away evil spirits to allow the spirits of the saints to come unharmed the next day — All Saints Day — and the spirits of loved ones the day after that — November 2.

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