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Daddy, why is it called Halloween?

halloween Daddy, why is it called Halloween?If you get asked this ultimate Halloween question “why it is called Halloween” over the next few days – here are some ready-made reponses for you:

1. Very short answer:
Because I said so

2. Short answer:
It’s complicated – go ask your mom

3. Answer for all kids older than 2:
Google it

Ultimate answer:
The term Halloween, originally spelled Hallowe’en, is shortened from All Hallows’ Even – e’en is a shortening of even, which is a shortening of evening. This is ultimately derived from the Old English Ealra Maessedaeg (mass-day of all saints) which is now known as eve of All Saints Day (All Saints Day is November 1st). Halloween has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and is also thought to have been heavily influenced by the Christian holy days of All Saints’ Day (also known as Hallowmas, All Hallows, and Hallowtide) and All Souls’ Day. It is largely a secular celebration but some have expressed strong feelings about perceived religious overtones.
[thank you Wikipedia]

Happy trick or treating!


3 Responses to Daddy, why is it called Halloween?

  1. New Dad Chris says:

    Interesting, didn’t know how extensive Halloween’s history really was.

  2. Keith Wilcox says:

    The history of Halloween is really interesting. It’s one of those holidays that’s undergone a pretty interesting evolution. Thanks for the technical details.

  3. Ashley says:

    And some Halloween you’ll have to explain to them what KISS is…

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