What Day is Halloween?

When is Halloween 2017?

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Find out what day Halloween 2017 falls on—plus, Halloween history, recipes, crafts, poetry, folklore, and more.

Where Did Halloween Come From?

The origin of Halloween can be traced to Samhain (pronounced sow-in, which rhymes with cow-in), which was an ancient Celtic festival that was celebrated to mark the end of harvesttime and the beginning of the new year. The ancient Celts believed that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was at its thinnest during Samhain, thereby making it a good time to communicate with the deceased and to divine the future. Samhain is Gaelic for “summer’s end,” a day to bid good-bye to warmth and light as day length shortens.

Brief History of Halloween

Following the Roman Empire’s rule over Celt-occupied lands in the 1st century A.D., the Romans incorporated many of the Celtic traditions, including Samhain, with their own. Eight hundred years later, the Roman Catholic Church further modified Samhain, designating November 1 as All Saints’ Day, in honor of all Catholic saints. This day was formerly known as Allhallowmas, hallow meaning to sanctify, or make holy. 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!

If All Saints brings out winter,
St. Martin brings out Indian summer
.
–Folklore

In later years, the Irish used hollowed-out, candlelit turnips carved with a demon’s face to frighten away 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 ancient traditions of Halloween.

Halloween Dates: What Day Does Halloween Fall On?

Year Halloween Day
2017 Tuesday, October 31
2018 Wednesday, October 31
2019 Thursday, October 31
2020 Friday, October 31

Halloween Crafts and Ideas

Get into the Halloween spirit with these seasonal crafts!

Credit: Susan Valladao; Carved by Mike Valladao

Halloween Recipes

There are no tricks to making these old-fashioned Halloween treats. Yum!
Candy Apples
Peanut Butter Balls
Oven Caramel Corn
Find our 10 best Halloween recipes here.

Three Seasonal Poems for Halloween
 

Late Autumn
by May Sarton

On random wires the rows of summer swallows
Wait for their liftoff.
They will soon be gone
Before All Saints and before All hallows
The changing time when we are most alone
.

Disarmed, too vulnerable, full of dread,
And once again as naked as the trees
Before the dark, precarious days ahead
And troubled skies over tumultuous seas.

When we are so transparent to the dead
There is no wall. We hear their voices speak,
And as the small birds wheel off overhead
We bend toward the earth suddenly weak.

How to believe that all will not be lost?
Our flowers, too, not perish in the blight?
Love, leave me your South against the frost.
Say “hush” to my fears, and warm the night.

All Souls’ Night, 1917
by Hortense King Flexner

You heap the logs and try to fill
The little room with words and cheer,
But silent feet are on the hill,
Across the window veiled eyes peer.
The hosts of lovers, young in death,
Go seeking down the world to-night,
Remembering faces, warmth and breath—
And they shall seek till it is light.
Then let the white-flaked logs burn low,
Lest those who drift before the storm
See gladness on our hearth and know
There is no flame can make them warm.

Theme in Yellow
by Carl Sandburg

I spot the hills
With yellow balls in autumn
I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters
And I am called pumpkins.
On the last of October
When dusk is fallen
Children join hands
And circle round me
Singing ghost songs
And love to the harvest moon;
I am a jack-o’-lantern
With terrible teeth
And the children know I am fooling
.

Happy Halloween, Almanac fans! Stay safe out there and have fun.

Source: 

The Old Farmer's Almanac

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Halloween is cool but im

Halloween sounds cool. I'm Muslim so I don't celebrate, but to whoever celebrates, have fun and enjoy!!!!!

What should I do on Halloween

What should I do on Halloween night to bring good luck

You can't do anything to

You can't do anything to bring good luck or bad luck.
Your fate is based on your destiny.

In India we also has similar

In India we also has similar day called Kali Chaudas..

I like halloween.

I like halloween.

As a pagan I would like to

As a pagan I would like to say a Happy Samhain to you all I hope the new year is all that you hope it to be. Thank you for all your information. May the Goddess look kindly on you. Blessed Be and Merry Meet.

My fiance and I ate planning

My fiance and I ate planning a Celtic Hand fasting style wedding for this year's Samhain. Such a very bleseed way to start the new year...

Really we are waiting for the

Really we are waiting for the Halloween Day. Thanks for making it clear that this Halloween Day 2014 falls on Friday which is on October 31st.

Halloween on Friday is more rare days which we see in life.

Wish everyone a
Happy Halloween Day 2014

Haha, comes in fitting of

Haha, comes in fitting of Friday 13th. It's on a Friday. Also if you switch the numbers around you get... FRIDAY 13th! A very demented day :) have a nice halloween!

Happy Halloween!! Won't be

Happy Halloween!! Won't be long and it will be here!!

Most people misunderstand

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

i like halloween

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