25 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween

Posted by on October 22, 2012

Every October 31st people all over the world (or at least in most parts of Europe, North America, and Latin America) celebrate the ancient holiday of Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve. Although today it features costumes, trick-or-treating, and ghost stories it wasn’t always that way. Read on to find out 25 things you didn’t know about Halloween.



Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.



In case you were wondering, Samhain is actually an ancient Celtic celebration during which people would dress up as ghouls and spirits in order to escape the notice of what they thought were real spirits wandering the streets.



Samhain wasn’t the only ancient festival to influence modern day Halloween. Pomona, an ancient Roman festival had a strong influence as well, especially with events like bobbing for apples.


Numerous Names

Halloween has been called a number of things throughout the years including All Hallow’s Eve, Lamswool, Samhain, Summer’s End, and Snap-Apple Night.


Hallowe ‘en

The modern name of “Halloween” derives from “Hallowe ‘en”, a contraction of the phrase All Hallows’ Eve.