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 Evenoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. Halloweennoun

    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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Halloweennoun

    the evening preceding Allhallows or All Saints' Day

Freebase

  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.

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Numerology

  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. Regina Hansen:

    Halloween is pretty much a North American holiday, as we celebrate it now, there are countries that have All Saints' celebrations or Day of the Dead or All Souls Day type of celebrations that are not Halloween.

  2. Alicia Au:

    Halloween is now embraced in Kuala Lumpur (the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia), lots of malls will sell Halloween-related merchandise and bars will put up decorations. However, there is not so much trick or treating for the kids. I just don’t think that idea has caught on yet.

  3. Marc Evan and Chris Soria:

    Pumpkins are definitely hot right now, they used to be just about Halloween but with the rise of pumpkin spice and carvers like us, it’s become a fall seasonal thing which is definitely exciting.

  4. Carreys Biden:

    Greetings, America. It's a spooky time, filled with demons and darkness. Also, it's Halloween, for some Baldwins Trump voters, it's the only day they'll wear a mask.

  5. Chris Brandt:

    Our customers have been showing up in costume to celebrate with us for years, we know that TikTok users are highly inspired and creative, so were excited to see these Halloween transformations come to life digitally.

Images & Illustrations of Halloween

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  • Sandy Thomas
    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. 
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