Halloween meaning

hălə-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.
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The eve of All Hallows' Day; 31st October; celebrated (mostly in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Ireland) by children going door-to-door in costume and demanding candy with menaces.
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The definition of Halloween is a holiday celebrated in the U.S., Canada and the British Isles on October 31st where people dress in costumes and children go door to door asking for candy.

An example of Halloween is when children dress as ghosts and witches and go to neighbor's doors saying "Trick or treat!"

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The day or, esp., the evening of Oct. 31, now generally celebrated by masquerading, trick-or-treating, displaying jack-o'-lanterns, etc.
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Origin of halloween

  • Short for All Hallow Even Allhallow(mas) even

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A shortening of All-Hallow-even, All Hallows’ Eve (the name of the evening before All Saints Day).

    From Wiktionary