The Oxford English Dictionary gives the definition of Halloween, or rather Hallow-e’en as a shortened version of All-Hallow-Even. The eve of All Hallows’ or All Saints’; the last night of October. In the Old Celtic calendar the year began on 1st November, so that the last evening of October was ‘old-year’s night’, the night of all the witches, which the Church transformed into the Eve of All Saints. ‘Hallow” means a holy personage in Old English. History.com and Wikipedia give more information on this tradition.
Here are a few weblinks to get you into the ghostly groove.
Something to make, eat or do from Food riot.com :
Something to watch
Something to wear
From Bookish – Best Halloween costumes
Something from our Library
King, S (2008) Just after sunset – a book of short stories to give you the creeps.
Morton, L (2011) Halloween encyclopedia (use your CPIT username and password to read online)
and finally to keep you and your family safe …