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also Hal·low·e'en  (hăl′ə-wēn′, hŏl′-)
October 31, celebrated in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles by children going door to door while wearing costumes and asking for treats and playing pranks.

[Short for All Hallow Even : Allhallow(mas) + even.]


(ˌhæləʊˈiːn) or


(Ecclesiastical Terms) the eve of All Saints' Day celebrated on Oct 31 by masquerading; Allhallows Eve
[C18: see Allhallows, even2]


or Hal•low•e'en

(ˌhæl əˈwin, -oʊˈin, ˌhɒl-)

the evening of Oct. 31; the eve of All Saints' Day: observed esp. by children, who dress in costume and play trick or treat.
[1550–60; (All) hallow (s) + e (v) en2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Halloween - the evening before All Saints' DayHalloween - the evening before All Saints' Day; often devoted to pranks played by young people
day - a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance; "Mother's Day"
عيد جَميع القِدّيسين
mindenszentek előestéje
Visu sveto dienas priekšvakars
noč čarovnic
Azizler günü arefesihortlak gecesi


Hallowe'en [ˌhæləʊˈiːn]
nHalloween m, veille f de la Toussaint
on Halloween → le soir d'halloween
modif [mask, costume] → d'Halloween; [party] → d'Halloween
Halloween night → nuit f d'Halloweenhall porter n (British) (in hotel)portier m


, Hallowe’en
nder Tag vor Allerheiligen, Halloween nt


(ˈhalouˌiːn) noun
a Christian festival on 31 Oct., when children dress up and play ``trick or treat!''.
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Venture out to Naper Settlement for All Hallows Eve Friday and Saturday, when scary literature comes to life at the historic attraction.
Church leaders have cautioned Filipino Catholics against confusing All Saints Day with the North American All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, when children and even adults dress up as ghosts and goblins for scare and fun.
00pm An engineer is spooked by a gruesome apparition on All Hallows Eve, and when he and his colleagues flee the scene, the railway company suspends all work.
THE LIVING AND THE DEAD BBC1, 9pm An engineer is spooked by a gruesome apparition on All Hallows Eve, and when he and his colleagues flee the scene, the railway company suspends all work.
This morphed into the Christian All Hallows Eve - the evening before All Saints Day.
Fear of paganism was installed by the Church and people began to see All Hallows Eve as involving demons, witchcraft and necromancy.
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Just in case, however, I will be staying in this All Hallows Eve, dousing myself in Holy Water and chewing on a bulb of garlic.
In the meantime, Halewyn, a jongleur who is not altogether who he appears to be, arrives on the scene on All Hallows Eve and stirs up some trouble.
But there's also something immensely comforting about listening to him read, a sort of inherent trustworthiness in his presence that allows the listener to sink into his tales of Catholics and car thieves, of his daughter charming the hard-knock cases at AA meetings, and of a Latin teacher more frightening than anything lurking on All Hallows Eve.