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Definition of the noun halloween

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noun - plural: Halloweens

  1. the evening before All Saints' Day; often devoted to pranks played by young people
    • examples: Wishing you a Halloween filled with fun. | Happy Halloween! | You have Halloween and Thanksgiving Day. | Children walk around from door to door on Halloween night. | We're going to invite Tom and Mary to our Halloween party. | We are getting close to Halloween and I thought today I would tell you about Halloween. | Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, and tell fortunes. | I think that my costume for the upcoming Halloween Party will be wrapping myself up in toilet paper like a mummy. | I'm looking forward to your Halloween party. | He wore a pirate costume for Halloween.
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • alternative spelling: Hallowe'en
    • synonym of Halloween: Allhallows Eve
    • more generic word: day = a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance


  1. "Halloween" is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film was the first installment in what has become the Halloween franchise. The plot is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois. On Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old Michael Myers murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks teenager Laurie Strode and her friends. Michael's psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis suspects Michael's intentions, and follows him to Haddonfield to try to prevent him from killing.
  2. "Halloween" is a 2007 American slasher film written, directed, and produced by Rob Zombie. The film is a remake/reimagining of the 1978 horror film of the same name; it is a reboot of the Halloween film series, making it the ninth installment of the franchise. The film stars Tyler Mane as the adult Michael Myers, Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Sam Loomis, and Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode; Daeg Faerch portrays a ten-year-old Michael Myers. Rob Zombie's "reimagining" follows the premise of John Carpenter's original, with Michael Myers stalking Laurie Strode and her friends on Halloween night. Zombie's film goes deeper into the character's psyche, trying to answer the question of what drove him to kill people, whereas in Carpenter's original film Michael did not have an explicit reason for killing.
  3. "Halloween" is a short animated film distributed by the RKO Radio Pictures, and stars Toby the Pup. Though not exactly the last cartoon in the series, it is the last one that exists as of today.
  4. "Halloween" a.k.a. "All Soul's Day": All Soul's Day is a 2012 short film written and directed by Aleksandra Terpinska.


Halloween is a fictional character from the 2012 film Safety Not Guaranteed.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Halloween

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Google previewHalloween, Hallowed Is Thy Name (2012)

How to Scripturally and Theologically Justify Christian Halloween Haunted Houses and Other Evangelistic Events for Christian Fellowship, Fun, and Prop by Eddie J. Smith

Because Halloween is a fairy tale on steroids! It is a tale starring...

Another argument used against celebrating Halloween is that it may hinder your own spiritual growth if you participate in it. It is pointed out...

Google previewThe Catholic Catalogue (2016)

A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life by Melissa Musick, Anna Keating

But Halloween is a door to the more important feast, Hallowmas, or, as it is better known, the Feast of All Saints. We learn that from its...

Google previewLaughing Screaming (1994)

Modern Hollywood Horror and Comedy by William Paul

However much it may have been denatured in the modern world, Halloween is a time when children confront the terror of supernature (at least, the festival ...

Google previewNew Old-fashioned Ways (1996)

Holidays and Popular Culture by Jack Santino

Halloween is an obvious choice for an occasion upon which to set a horror film.

Google previewHolidays and Rituals of Jews and Christians (2013)

by Rev. Dr. Salatiel Sidhu

Halloween is a festival celebrated on October 31St each year. This is related to Celtic festival of Samhain and Christian holidays of All Saints and All Souls days. These days it has nothing to do with the religion, because people ...

Google previewCara Mudah UN 08 B.Ing SMA

Halloween is a popular holiday in the United States. It is celebrated on October 31st.

Halloween is the biggest candy-selling holiday, which followed by Christmas, Easter, and Valentine's Dav. 35. What is the best selling product at ...

Google previewHAPPY BIRTHDAY Mister Monster "Big Tooth"! It's Halloween! Trick or Treat? (2015)

by Laura Di Palma

Halloween is a special day for monster big tooth because for him it is an important date.

Google previewScrapbook of the Dead (2015)

by Mollie Cox Bryan

Halloween means spooky scrapbooks for the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop, but what's been happening around town is truly frightening.

Google previewAmerican Florist (1919)

Halloween is a great masquerading party, or social gathering night, when there are games such as bobbing for apples and other like amusements and dancing. At times, decorations for these events are quite profuse. but generally in which the ...

Google previewThe Four-track News (1903)

Halloween is a night when all the world should be merry. There are those who always overstep all bounds and cannot appreciate that there is a wide difference between fun and practical jokes; they are the evil spirits of the occasion, ...

Google previewThe Book of Days (1881)

A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the Calendar, Including Anecdote, Biography & History, Curiosities of Literature, and Oddities of Human Life and Character by Robert Chambers

The leading idea respecting Halloween is that it is the time, of all others, when supernatural influences prevail. It is the night set apart for a universal walkin abroad of spirits, both of the visible and invisib e world; for, as will be after— wards ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Folklife (2015)

by Simon J Bronner

Until the 1840s, Halloween celebrations focused more on the harvest than on the dead. It was an opportunity for small communities to gather and celebrate after much of the harvesting had been completed. Plays were performed, fortunes ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience (2009)

by Clifton D. Bryant, Dennis L. Peck

Halloween folklore, researched avidly in Britain, was used to enliven Victorian periodicals and almanacs, and to lend atmosphere or a rustic mysticism to the extremely popular literature of writers such as Robert Burns (1759–1796) and Sir ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Death & Human Experience (2009)

1- by Clifton D. Bryant, Dennis L. Peck

Halloween folklore, researched avidly in Britain, was used to enliven Victorian periodicals and almanacs, and to lend atmosphere or a rustic mysticism to the extremely popular literature of writers such as Robert Burns (1759–1796) and Sir ...

Google previewFast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat [2 volumes] (2011)

An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat by Andrew F. Smith

Beginning in 1965, reports circulated of pins and razor blades in apples and other adulterated candies that had been randomly passed out to children on Halloween. Thereafter, warnings about potential dangers were issued at Halloween time ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society (2015)

by Frederick F. Wherry, Juliet B. Schor, Consulting Editor

com/media/ pressreleases/ ghoulsandghostsgalore158millionpeoplecelebratehalloweenthisyearcom ( Accessed April 2014). Bannatyne, Lesley. Halloween: An American Holiday, ...

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Quotes about Halloween

I do think the story in Halloween 5 is a bit stupid, and there's a lot more blood. They're obviously going to take the Halloween series in a different direction. (Donald Pleasence)
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The value of this 9-letter word is 15 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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