Holloween is the eve of All Saints Day or (Hollow Day-Holy Day), the word Hollow meaning the word Holy, hence combining the words hollow and eve to Holloween. Hollow Eve or Holloween is the eve of All Saints Day or Holy Day, November 1.
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The word Halloween, also known as "Hallowe'en" or "All Hallows' Eve", is a shortening of "All Hallows' Even". Although the phrase "All Hallows'" is found in Old English long since, yet the term "All-Hallows-Even" is itself not seen until 16th Century AD (1556).
4,500 years ago, when the Celtic nations owned western Europe, they split their calendar into two halves - the light and the dark. As they stockpiled food in preparation for winter they made offering to Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"), a Celtic God whose name is the traditional word for "Halloween".
It wasn't until over 3,000 years later that "Halloween" as a term had its roots. In 830 AD, Pope Gregory V was trying to replace the Pagan religions with Christianity, and considered the ancient Samhain festival to be a problem. To counter this belief, he changed the date of All Saints' Day from March to the 1st of November. By doing so, he could tell the Celts that when the sun set on October 31 a Christian celebration had began.
The Encyclopedia Americana says: “Elements of the customs connected with Halloween can be traced to a Druid [ancient Celtic priesthood] ceremony in pre-Christian times. The Celts had festivals for two major gods—a sun god and a god of the dead . . . , whose festival was held on November 1, the beginning of the Celtic New Year. The festival of the dead was gradually incorporated into Christian ritual.” ( Not a Bible Teaching )