What Day is Halloween 2014?

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What day is Halloween 2014? Will the big night fall on a weekend? See Halloween dates and history below.

Halloween was a popular pagan festival of the dead (Samhain). The ancient Celts celebrated the new year on November 1. They believed that the souls of the dead returned to Earth the night before.

Samhain is Gaelic for “summer’s end,” a day to bid good-bye to warmth and light as day length shortens.

In an attempt to replace this festival, the church moved the celebration of All Saints to November 1. This is the day when all of the saints are honored, especially those who did not have a day of their own. This day was formerly known as Allhallowmas, hallow meaning "holy" or "holy person." All Saints Day is known in England as All Hallows Day.

The evening before, October 31, is known as All Hallows Eve, the origin of the American word Halloween!

In later years, the Irish used hollowed-out, candlelit turnips carved with a demon’s face to frighten away the spirits. When Irish immigrants in the 1840s found few turnips in the United States, they used the more plentiful pumpkins instead.

See more about the History of Carving Pumpkins.

Halloween Day 2014

Year Halloween Day
2014 Friday, October 31
2015 Saturday, October 31

Halloween Crafts

Get into the Halloween spirit with these seasonal crafts! See how to make:
A pumpkin seed necklace
Pumpkin Spice Mix
• Really cool carved pumpkin designs
Native American corn husk dolls
Apple heads

Credit: Susan Valladao; Carved by Mike Valladao

Halloween Recipes

There are no tricks to making these old-fashioned Halloween treats. Yum!
Candy Apples
Caramel-Covered Apples
Peanut Butter Balls
Oven Caramel Corn
Popcorn Balls
Find more ideas for Halloween recipes.

 

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Actually, this article is

By Samhain

Actually, this article is slightly misinformed. Samhain was never a Celtic festival of the dead. It was purely a harvest feast time at which cattle would be driven home and preparations were made for the new year. It was not until the Christian church moved All Saints' Day to November first that October 31st became The Eve of All Saints or The Eve of All Hallows. At which time, it was thought that the souls of the Christian dead returned to be with the living for a period of time. This is how Halloween got it's association with the dead. Because of Christianity.

Samhain was also not a time that honored any so-called "God of Death", because there never was one in Celtic belief.

Admittedly though, Samhain/Halloween almost always had ties to the "other world". Celtic tribes often believed that elves or faery folk could emerge from their world on Samhain more so than they could on many other days of the year, and that they could cause both good luck and misfortune. Some were believed to help the living in divining the future, and some were believed to steal away children or cause a future death.

But with All Saints and All Souls, along with Christianity, these beings were taken and transformed into angels, demons, and the devil himself in an attempt to force these early religions into merging with Christianity.

Sources:

"Halloween: Pagan Festival to Party Night" by Nicholas Rogers

"Halloween: Pagan Festival to Trick or Treat" by Mark Oxbrow

"The Book of Hallowe'en" by Ruth Edna Kelley

"The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween: Celebrating the Dark Half of the Year" by Jean Markale

"Autumn Equinox: The Enchantment of Mabon" by Ellen Dugan

and many others.

To whom: will answer I would

By Ryan Gilmer

To whom: will answer I would like to know since Halloween fall on a Thursday this year when will they do trick or treating its my sons first time he turns 1 on Nov.4 and I don't want to miss I love him will all my heart but I also have to pull double shifts but will suffer if have to just would like to know so can be prepared or try ta trade thank you

If trick or treating falls on

By Almanac Staff

If trick or treating falls on a school night, your town may change the date for the little ones. Check with your town police department to find out the date and time for trick or treating. Every town is different!

Most people misunderstand

By SylviasDaddy

Most people misunderstand dressing up on Halloween.
The ancient Celtic belief was to dress up as what you would like to be in the coming year, in the hope that your wish would be granted.

i like halloween

By karina

i like halloween

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