When is Halloween?
The date of Halloween 2012 is Wednesday 31 October
Halloween parties and celebrations take during the evening of 31 October. Traditional Halloween celebrations include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, telling ghost stories, visiting "haunted houses", bobbing for apples and carving jack-o-lanterns from pumpkins.
Countdown to Halloween
There are -230 days until Halloween.
There are -5525 hours until Halloween.
What is Halloween?
The term Halloween is a shortened version of "All-Hallow-Even", the eve of "All-Hallows'-Day" (also known as All Saints' Day). The modern version of Halloween is believed to have originated from the ancient Pagan festival Samhain. In Celtic culture, Samhain celebrated the end of the harvest season and stocking up on supplies and livestock for the winter.
The Celts believed that on the evening of October 31, the deceased would come back to life and cause trouble to the livings' health and crops as the boundaries between the world of the living and the dead overlapped. The Celts therefore held festivals to scare off or placate returning troublesome spirits, that included burning bonfires and wearing costumes and masks.
Apple Bobbing is a traditional Halloween game. Simply fill a large bowl with water and then add apples. The aim of the game is to try and get out an apple only using your mouth. Happy bobbing.