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What is another name for Halloween?

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Another name for Halloween is All Hallows' Eve. All Hallows' Eve means the day before All Hallows Day, a Catholic holiday that is more commonly known as All Saints Day.

Halloween was originally spelled Hallowe'en, as it is a contraction of All Hallows' Evening. All Hallows' Day occurs on Nov. 1 each year, giving Halloween its recurring date of Oct. 31. All Hallows' Day is a holiday that calls for prayer and remembers Catholic saints.

During medieval times, Halloween souling was commonly practiced, an activity where people would go neighbor-to-neighbor exchanging prayers for treats. This is similar to the trick-or-treating activity practiced in modern times.

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    Who started Halloween?

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    The Celtic people started Samhain, the festival that eventually became known as Halloween, in the early days of the first millennium A.D. The festival celebrated the dead, whom the Celtics believed could join the living on that day.

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    What are some words that describe Halloween?

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    How was Halloween invented?

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    What is the night before Halloween called?

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    The night before Halloween is commonly called Mischief Night, particularly in the state of New Jersey. In some areas of New York State, the night is referred to as Goosey Night or Hell Night, while other areas in the New England area use the name Cabbage Night or Gate Night. In the Detroit region, people call it Devil's Night, while in the North and South Dakota states, the night is called Mat Night.

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