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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. 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 …

  5. 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 …