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Halloween, also called All Hallow’s Eve, occurs on the eve of the Western Christian celebration of All Hallow’s or All Saints Day – a day set aside to honor all the Saints of Christendom.  Halloween is also a popular celebration with ties to the Celtic festival of Samhain, a celebration of the end of the harvest.  The name Halloween comes from the longer name ‘All Hallow’s Eve’.  In the US, this is a popular holiday for young and old and involves dressing up in costumes, harvest parties, and ‘trick or treating’.  It is celebrated every year on the 31st of October.

Facts about Halloween
  • Dressing up in costumes dates back to the Middle Ages when poor folks would dress up and go door-to-door on Hallowmas (November 1st), receiving food in exchange for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2).
  • In early Celtic celebrations, turnips or other root vegetables were used in place of pumpkins.  A burning lump of coal was placed inside the hollowed out vegetable and carried during the festivities.
  • More than 70% of Americans actively celebrate Halloween.  (Source: National Retail Federation)
  • Halloween sales for costumes, decorations and candy was over $8 billion in 2012. (Source: National Retail Federation)
  • The Guinness Book of World Record holder for the heaviest pumpkin was attained in October 2011 with a pumpkin weighing in at 1,818 lbs. 5 oz.

 

Halloween Top Events and Things to Do
  • Dress up in your favourite costume.
  • Go trick-or-treating.
  • Bob for apples.
  • Go to a haunted house.
  • Watch scary movies all night long

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