What does Halloween mean?

Definitions for Halloweenˌhæl əˈwin, -oʊˈin, ˌhɒl-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Halloween.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Halloween, Hallowe'en, Allhallows Eve(noun)

    the evening before All Saints' Day; often devoted to pranks played by young people


  1. Halloween(Noun)

    The eve of All Hallows' Day; 31st October; celebrated (mostly in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Ireland) by children going door-to-door in costume and demanding candy with menaces.

  2. Origin: A shortening of Allhallow-even (Eve of All Saints).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Halloween(noun)

    the evening preceding Allhallows or All Saints' Day


  1. Halloween

    Halloween or Hallowe'en, also known as All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows and the day initiating the triduum of Hallowmas. According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianised feast originally influenced by western European harvest festivals, and festivals of the dead with possible pagan roots, particularly the Celtic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

Editors Contribution

  1. halloween

    An annual celebration in some countries in October where people dress up in costumes, dress their window or home, have a party, play games, visit friends and neighbors to sing and receive a a small piece of confectionery or fruit.

    Halloween is only celebrated in certain countries, children and adults love it as its an opportunity to have some fun.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Halloween in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Halloween in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Child Age 13:

    I bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.

  2. Jean Baudrillard:

    There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    On the Night of the Halloween, I have never seen any evil apparition or fearsome ghost, but politicians on TV! They are the real goblins and specters!

  4. Becky Roering:

    TSA is handing out PreCheck status like Halloween candy in an effort to expedite passengers as quickly as possible, despite the self-admitted security gaps that are being created in the process.

  5. Mireille Schwartz:

    Checking labels becomes very pivotal because during the holidays, including Halloween, when the manufacturers make those mini small-sized candies and they're often mass-produced on shared equipment, candy that's safe other times of the year might not be safe during Halloween.

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