• Halloween Around The World

    Halloween Around The World
    Halloween is one of the world's oldest holidays.
  • History of the Jack O' Lantern

    History of the Jack O' Lantern
    People have been making jack-o'-lanterns at Halloween for centuries.
  • Halloween By the Numbers

    Halloween By the Numbers
    From pumpkins to candy to costumes, get the facts on Halloween by the numbers.

Happy Halloween

Halloween (or Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

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Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Monster's Inc.

Monster's Inc.

E.T.

E.T.

Casper

Casper

Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The Witches

The Witches

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

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History

Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, ......" [More]

Origin of name

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even, that is, the night before All Hallows Day...... [More]

Symbols

Development of symbols associated with Halloween formed over time. For instance, the carving of jack-o'-lanterns springs from the souling custom of carving...... [More]

Costumes

The Halloween costume has a fairly short history. Wearing costumes has long been associated with other holidays around the time of Halloween, even Christmas...... [More]

Haunted attractions

A Haunted Attraction is a form of entertainment that simulates the experience of entering a haunted location that might be inhabited by ghosts, monsters, ...... [More]

Foods

Because the holiday comes in the wake of the annual apple harvest, candy apples, caramel or taffy apples are common Halloween treats...... [More]

Trick-or-treating and guising

Trick-or-treating is a customary practice for children on Halloween in many countries. Children in costumes travel from house to house in order to ask for treats such as candy (or, in some cultures, money) with the question "Trick or treat?"...... [More]

Games and other activities

There are several games traditionally associated with Halloween parties. One common game is dunking or apple bobbing, in which apples float in a tub or a large basin of water and...... [More]