The current English name Halloween traces back to medieval Christianity. The word hallow is derived from the Middle and Old English words for holy. As a noun, it can also mean saint.
In those days, the Christian holiday we know as All Saints’ Day was called All Hallows’ Day, and the day before, when an evening mass was held, was All Hallows’ Eve. That three-word name eventually got shortened to Halloween.
The path to the Christian Halloween date of October 31 is a little more complex. Pope Boniface IV began All Saints Day in the early 7th century when he dedicated the Pantheon in Rome to the saints, but the day was May 13.
In the next century, Pope Gregory III changed the day to November 1 when he dedicated a chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica to the saints. Yet another century later, Pope Gregory IV added All Saints Day to the Christian calendar, extending the celebration from Rome to churches everywhere.
With All Saints Day came All Hallows’ Eve on October 31. This was, perhaps, an effort to offset the pagan celebration of Samhain with a religious celebration.
Halloween songs for kids
|Adams Family Theme Song||1:23|
|The Adams Family Theme||1:27|
|The Time Warp||3:20|
|Spooky Scary Skeletons Remix||1:52|
|Evil Ghost Moans||0:53|
|Freak the Freak Out||2:02|
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