Halloween is one of our most popular holidays, but what's the real story behind the tricks and treats?
Halloween is All-hallow's eve, the night before All Saint's Day (also called All-hallowsor All-hallowmas) on November 1, not be confused with All Souls' Day, which is observed on November 2, and is dedicated to those who have died.
Reaching further back, Halloween has traditions in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
Some merry, friendly, country-folks,
Together did convene,
To burn their nits, and pou their stocks,
And haud their Halloween.
–Robert Burns (1759–96)
Halloween 2020 Halloween is always celebrated on October 31 so the day of the week changes each year. Find the day of Halloween each year plus this holiday’s fascinating history (it may surprise you!). We also have a bagful of Halloween treats for you from delicious recipes, cool crafts, poetry, and fun...
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