What does Halloween mean?

Definitions for Halloween
ˌhæl əˈwin, -oʊˈin, ˌhɒl-Hal·loween

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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.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 13, 2015  

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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

Examples of Halloween in a Sentence

  1. Boris Johnson:

    My pledge is to come out of the EU at Halloween on 31 October.

  2. Child Age 13:

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

  3. Cara Meglio:

    Pets are 32 % more likely to experience food poisoning during Halloween week.

  4. Madelena Perrelli:

    Coats and pajamas are a mainstay, as well as Halloween costumes and fun holiday wear.

  5. Crystal Lindell:

    If you're putting Halloween candy out in August, there's a reason, it does sell that early.

Images & Illustrations of Halloween

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