Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening") also known as All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It initiates the triduum of Hallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.
According to many academic scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related "guising"), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows' Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows' Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.
Have a magical and spooky Halloween!
|Bebe Buell (by Alan Mercer)|
|Demri Parrott (by and with Pony Maurice).|
|Helena Bonham Carter (in the 2003 film 'Big Fish' and the 'Harry Potter' films, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011).|
|Jane Asher (in the 1964 film "The Masque of the Red Death" and the 1972 TV play "The Stone Tape").|
|Marsha Hunt with co-stars Christopher Lee, Christopher Neame, Caroline Munro, Stephanie Beacham and Janet Key in Dracula AD 1972.|
|Nicole Kidman in the 2001 film "The Others".|
|Shannen Doherty (and co-stars, from 'Charmed' TV show).|
|The Corrs (Sharon, Jim, Andrea and Caroline).|
|Tigerlily Taylor (R, with brother Rufus and his girlfriend Kymberley Pody).|
|Tina Aumont in L'Urlo (Tinto Brass, 1968)|