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

Wiktionary

  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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Halloween(noun)

    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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    Karen
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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. Mark Eckert:

    What started happening in Belleville was that we saw and heard from a lot of seniors particularly, that big kids kids in high school kids were coming to the door as late as 10 oclock at night and seniors were afraid to open the door and they were afraid if they didnt open the door that something was going to happen to their house, and likewise I had some conversation with a number of young single moms who said, Mr. Eckert, Halloween scares us because theres so many big kids that come around late at night.

  2. Paul Lavery:

    ( SWNS) He also has an impressive array of outfits in the videos, complete witha selection of over 300 bow ties to choose from.We always try to match his bow tie to what hes balancing on his head. We try to do themes for Halloween, Christmas and Easter too.

  3. Ryan Pack:

    He can make you say things, he can make you go places, (For example) the secretary of state, he can make you do things like write a book or dress up as Mario for Halloween, he can hit Jesus statues with lightening, he can make you type words over the internet, he has control over all your behaviors without you even knowing it. So I ask myself if God has so much power, if God is so intelligent, if he is so connected to us, than why is there so much evil in the world and why doesn't he stop it? The only thing I can think of is that he is pure evil and doesn't want to stop it.

  4. Carolyn Orbann:

    Not only was the peak of death right before Halloween, but they were still experiencing pretty severe waves.

  5. 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.

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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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