One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The night of October 31, the eve of All Saints' Day, commonly celebrated by children who dress in costume and solicit candy or other treats door-to-door.
- ‘For Halloween there is a competition for the local schools to make witches.’
- ‘At Hallowe'en I'd look vaguely spooky, and on Bonfire Night I'd have some papier mache excuse for a Guy.’
- ‘On Halloween, friendly homeowners tossed large chocolate bars into our bags.’
- ‘Mr Voillat died after falling from the Royal Prince boat during a Hallowe'en party last October.’
- ‘This Halloween was beginning to change for the worst, and all because of Matthew.’
- ‘Every Hallowe'en as part of Richmond upon Thames' heritage walks Norman leads a ghost tour around the town centre.’
- ‘Satanists have adopted Halloween as one of their three main seasonal days of celebration.’
- ‘After Hallowe'en, staff discovered a large quantity of fireworks during inspections of lockers.’
- ‘With Halloween only a few days away, it seemed a good time to take a look at the art of eulogies.’
- ‘Pensioners are reminded to join our campaign for a trouble-free Halloween.’
- ‘By Hallowe'en, according to statistics going back to 1694, markets will rise.’
- ‘For every dumb teenager you see massacred, take two shots, and have a happy Halloween.’
- ‘Some nice person wished me and my work colleagues a happy Hallowe'en yesterday.’
- ‘Mischief Night may originally have been associated with Hallowe'en itself.’
- ‘For Halloween, the Max Bell Theatre will be home to the undead for a staging of Dracula.’
- ‘Nowadays Hallowe'en comes second only to Christmas in a child's expectations.’
- ‘Next week will be our first arts and crafts night, which will have a Hallowe'en theme.’
- ‘Feel free to recommend your favorite Poe story or poem - and have a Happy Hallowe'en.’
- ‘Pumpkin lanterns are now as heavily associated with Hallowe'en as decorated fir trees are with Christmas.’
- ‘At Halloween, the other kids would dress up in superhero costumes to go trick or treating.’
Late 18th century: contraction of All Hallow Even (see hallow, even).
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