What the Heck is Halloween, Anyway ?

Real Estate Agent with New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County

Happy Halloween!  Yeppers... it's Halloween.  There are many really cute posts floating around on Active Rain over the past few days.

So... what is this Halloween thing, anyway?

Lots of porch and front yard home decorations, lots of really cute little kids with their Halloween costumes on, and even a brand new Profile Picture of Anna Banana Kruchten with her new blonde hair-do.  How absolutely and cool'ly festive!

Let's start with the name.  Happy Halloween. ---> Hallow'een. ---> Hallow Eve ---> All Hallows Eve.

Hallow, and Hallowed means holy or sacred... as in "Hallowed be Thy Name" in the prayer "The Our Father.  Or "hallow this ground" in the Gettysburg address.

Thursday, November 1st is the Catholic Feast of All Saints.  Saints are "holy."  Saints are "hallowed.  One could call All Saints day... a remembrance and/or celebration of all the "saints"... of all those who are holy, or of those who are "All Hallowed."

Thus... Wednesday, tonight, Oct 31... is the Eve of All Saints day... which becomes All Hallowed or All Hallows Eve... which becomes Hallow'een.

Happy Halloween!

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Comments (38)

Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Well, come on, Miss Mona.  When you were a little girl, and when you went out Trick or Treating... what were some of YOUR favorite costumes that you wore... or wanted to wear?

Oct 31, 2012 01:38 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Sussie, I have some ideas about how the spooky stuff got in, but not sure.  But... your questions gives me a good reason to go find out.  Thanks so much.  Ahhh... love that motivation!

Oct 31, 2012 01:40 PM
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
Karen Anne ~> now that's not what my parents taught me? They said Halloween is getting all the candy you can to bring home to share with your parents because they are too old to trick or treat....
Oct 31, 2012 01:41 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Michael:  I am guessing that means either Day of the Dead, or God of the Dead.  Not sure which.  But November 2nd... the day after All Saints Day... is All Souls Day.  Those poor folks who weren't good enough to be Saints, I guess.

And... ya cannot just be Sister Holy Water.  There has to be a "Mary" in there first... at least as I remember.  So, you may call me Sister Mary Holy Water... thank you very much!

Oct 31, 2012 01:43 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Andrea:  Well... Happy Birthday to Husby.  Lucky him.  In my opinion, he already HAS the bestest Birthday Present he could ever have... YOU... and the girls.

Now, I can just see you with the candy... munching away... deciding what to keep, what to totally eat yourself, and what to toss.  A lousy job, but somebody's gotta do it.  I envy you... a Birthday/Halloween night spent with Husby and the kids.

Oct 31, 2012 01:47 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Frank & Karen:  Well... you need to remember that parents are always right.  LOL.  Just fill your bags and stuff with the candy, and take it home so Mom and Dad can "test it" for you... kinda like Andrea did in her comment and my reply.  It's just one more of the personal sacrifices we make as parents... LOL.  Love those sugar-induced comas.

Oct 31, 2012 01:50 PM
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Karen Anne, thanks for sharing that very nice trivia about Halloween.  It's also a great time to spend some good quality bonding with family and friends.

Oct 31, 2012 01:50 PM
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

Well, Karen Anne, Halloween is also the night that the vail between the living and the dead is beleived to be at it's thinest,and it is at that time we can more readily communicate with those who have passed.  This can be good or not so good, hense the "spooky" stuff.  It is my pleasure to say that it is also Wiccan's New Year.  So Happy New Year and Blessed Be.

Oct 31, 2012 02:19 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Now we are only 3 weeks away from Thanksgiving. I have a trip planned, so I'm counting the days. I love this time of year...it seems we have a new holiday to celebrate every few weeks or so. Than in January it's just winter again and it's a long time until that next school break and spring.

BTW...congratulations on your last feature.

Oct 31, 2012 10:47 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I love Halloween and am looking forward to the little trick or treaters....our celebration was postponed until Friday evening.  My last home didn't receive any trick or treat traffic and I really missed it.  Eight years later I'm about to give out candy again and I can't wait!

Oct 31, 2012 11:29 PM
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

I hope your Halloween was full of treats and not tricks. My ragamuffin wouldn't slow down enough to really enjoy the day, but he did keep up with his pleasantries and nice neighbors handed him tons of candy.

Nov 01, 2012 12:06 AM
Michael O'Donnell
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Arizona Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
GRI, ePRO, Accessible Homes

Aw, Come on, Sister Mary Elephant

(Was that Cheech and Chong, in the late 1960s or early 1970s?...can't remember as it's all a smokey haze to me)

I've been told that Halloween is to be avoided at all costs, as it's Satanic Devil Worship, and Pentacles and things ...Remember, I live in Arizona)

(speaking of Pentacles, aren't there 50 of those on our national flag? Hmmmm)

Thanks for educating the great unwashed masses who missed having Parochial Education forced upon them.

Nov 01, 2012 05:33 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Karen Anne,

Just stopping by to say hello and that I enjoyed your Halloween post....very unique and gives food for thought.


Nov 01, 2012 01:33 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Ah, the night the witches fly through the air and the dead come back...........I love Halloween but don't really do anything anymore, just stay home.

Nov 01, 2012 09:18 PM
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Living Albuquerque - Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Morning Karen Anne,

I do not celebrate Halloween...never did, never will.  that said, you draw an interesting contrast,between what's really important, 'Hallowed' and Halloween.  I think the subtlety of this interesting.   Most people may no realize that there is more to it than just costumes


Nov 03, 2012 03:22 AM
Christine McDaniel
Christine McDaniel Realty, LLC - Avon, IN
Broker Associate

We only had 15 trick or treaters this year.  Every year it's less and less.  I do enjoy seeing the kids in their costumes.  They sure light up when you make a comment on what they're wearing!

Nov 05, 2012 02:42 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Karen Anne, I just checked in to see if you had an election post.  Oh well, Halloween.  It's all the same thing.

Nov 06, 2012 12:42 PM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Us Catholic school girls know all about the Holy Days of Obligation (bet you haven't heard that in a long time) and the meaning of holy days and days before and after.  You can bet your Baltimore Catechism on that.

Nov 12, 2012 12:44 AM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Karen Anne,

                     Great blog about Halloween and good history lesson as well! I hope your was without any tricks but many treats!

Nov 12, 2012 08:53 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Well Karen Anne, Happy Halloween a long time ago, Happy Thanksgiving a few days ago and a Merry Christmas to come!  -Kasey

Nov 25, 2012 12:34 PM

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