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    Where Your Favorite Halloween Candy Got Its Name

    Whether you love chocolate or hard candies, we all have our favorites. But, have you ever thought about what the name on your favorite candy wrapper means? Here’s the history behind the names of a few popular confections. Snickers Believe it or not, one of the most beloved candy bars is named after a horse. The Mars family named the candy bar Snickers in memory of …

  2. The Day After Halloween Is Actually Called Hallowmas

    Halloween is actually just the beginning of a string of otherworldly holidays. The tricks, treats, and customs of Halloween, now mostly secular, are based in part on an ancient Celtic and Christian festivals. What is Hallowmas? November 1st is All Saints’ Day, when all Christian saints are recognized. The Roman Catholic Church sometimes calls All Saints Day’ is the Solemnity of All Saints, but an older …

  3. What Word Did Your State Look Up Last Halloween?

    We analyzed our search data at Dictionary.com for Halloween. What word did your state look up last year?
  4. Creepy Creatures From Around The World

  5. How Do I Write A Scary Campfire Story?

    Some classic activities are perfect for a night out camping: sitting around a campfire, making s’mores, singing songs, and … telling scary stories. There are classic campfire tales, like Bloody Mary and The Hitchhiker. But maybe you have a hankering to write a scary story yourself to tell around your next campfire. Here are a few steps to make your next scary story session a …

  6. Archaic Words We Need To Bring Back To Life

  7. Where Does The Name “October” Come From?

    October is here, and in the northern hemisphere, that often means the days are flush with falling leaves, chilling weather, and growing anticipation for the holiday season. The tenth month by our Gregorian calendar, October shares a root with octopus and octagon—the Latin octo and Greek okto, meaning “eight.” So, how did October become the 10th month? The original Roman calendar had only ten months, …

  8. Why Do We Say “Trick or Treat”?

    It’s many kids’ favorite part of Halloween. There’s no feeling quite like waiting for a stranger to open their door so you can scream the words “Trick or treat!” But, why do we say it? What does it actually mean? Where does the phrase trick-or-treat come from? While some identify precursors to trick-or-treating in ancient Celtic customs, modern trick-or-treating is thought to be a custom borrowed …

  9. Where Does The “Een” In “Halloween” Come From?

    Halloween is primarily marked by putting on a disguise and asking for candy, but Halloween draws on two historic celebrations: the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints’ Day. The spooky festival’s name, however, comes from only one. Why is it called Halloween? Samhain is an Celtic word that some scholars think means “summer’s end,” and it marks the beginning of …

  10. Who Is Jack In Jack-o’-lantern, Anyway?

    This month thousands of Americans will scoop out the flesh of a gourd, carefully carve a haunting face into its rind, and stick a candle inside. The creations are called jack-o’-lanterns, and they will be proudly displayed on porches and stoops across the country. But who, or what, is the namesake of this autumn tradition? Who are jack-o’-lanterns named for? Jack has been a general term for …