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The term Halloween is shortened from All Hallows' Even (both "even" and "eve" are abbreviations of "evening", but "Halloween" gets its "n" from "even") as it is the eve of "All Hallows' Day", which is now also known as All Saints' Day. It was a day of religious festivities in various northern European Pagan traditions, until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints' Day from May 13 (which had itself been the date of a pagan holiday, the Feast of the Lemures) to November 1. In the ninth century, the Church measured the day as starting at sunset, in accordance with the Florentine calendar. Although All Saints' Day is now considered to occur one day after Halloween, the two holidays were, at that time, celebrated on the same day. Liturgically, the Church traditionally celebrated that day as the Vigil of All Saints, and, until 1970, a day of fasting as well. Like other vigils, it was celebrated on the previous day if it fell on a Sunday, although secular celebrations of the holiday remained on the 31st. The Vigil was suppressed in 1955, but was later restored in the post-Vatican II calendar.
Now, everyone has a view on what Halloween is to them:
Another useless corporate holiday, like Valentine's Day?
A kiddy past-time?
A great night of partying?
A reason to get out and see horror movies, check out the old haunted areas, tell ghost stories?
A satanic time in which to shield your child from the evils in your town?
I've heard it all, but what do you and the rest of the world think about all this candy and ghost nonsense? I've always loved Halloween as horror movies and being scared are some great memories from my childhood. I go to haunted houses, run a "haunted house" for trick r treaters, dress up myself and family members, rent a bunch of horror films and just have a great time.
I want this thread to be everything about Halloween you can think of. Explain why it's wonderful/stupid, tell personal/ghost stories, share costume ideas and/or pictures, pumpkin carving tips, anything.