This article is about the observance. For other uses, see Halloween (disambiguation).
A jack-o'-lantern, one of the symbols of Halloween
Also called All Hallows' Eve
All Saints' Eve
Observed by Western Christians & many non-Christians around the world
Date October 31
CelebrationsTrick-or-treating/guising, costume parties, making jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, divination, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, fireworks displays
ObservancesChurch services, prayer, fasting, and vigils
Related toSamhain, Hop-tu-Naa, Calan Gaeaf, Kalan Gwav, Day of the Dead, All Saints' Day (cf. vigils)
Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening"), also known as All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows (or All Saints) and the day initiating the triduum of Hallowmas.