How we got from All-Hallows-Even to Halloween

By: Kathrina Tate

Have you ever wondered how we got the name Halloween? Halloween was not originally called Halloween. It was first called All-Hallows-Even, with the word “Even” standing for “evening”. Every year All-Hallows-Even is on October 31st and precedes All Saints Day which is on November 1st.

Over time, All-Hallows-Even was shortened and spelled Hallowe’en, with an apostrophe as stated by the National Museum of American History blog. The apostrophe ended up replacing the “V” in “even,” making it easier to spell and to say.  While it is still spelled Hallowe’en in the United Kingdom according to Dr. Leo Ruickbie of Witchology.com, the spelling continued to change here in America and the apostrophe was dropped.  The way we spell Halloween today is actually the most informal way of spelling it. This is how we formulated the spelling of Halloween.

Information from here.

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