All-Hallows-Even

A selection of creepy costumes.. Why is a kid in a mask so scary?!

“The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even (“evening”), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Up through the early 20th century, the spelling “Hallowe’en” was frequently used, eliding the “v” and shortening the word. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.”

Have a hoot!

Lixa

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2 comments

  1. Hello
    I was wondering if you could help- I’m looking to use images featured in this entry- who would i have to contact re permission to use such images?
    thank you for your time and i like your blog!
    Matt

  2. hey matt. which images? i don’t know either, all the images have their original names so would come up on google. I was naughty that day and didn’t credit. Thanks Matt

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