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Halloween, or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from Celtic harvest festivals which may have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, and that this festival was Christianized as Halloween. Some academics, however, support the view that Halloween began independently as a solely Christian holiday.
Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows' Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows' Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes and soul cakes.

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  1. CountryGent

    So bad it's good movies ...

    So, the Halloween season seems like a fitting time to toss this out there: what films you enjoy which are, by any conventional sense, pretty terrible movies, but still are very entertaining at some level? Why so? Enjoy! :)
  2. CountryGent

    Favorite horror authors?

    It is that time of year again for ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and mayhem. Which leads me to the question: who are some of your favorite horror authors and why? Naturally, I mean their works, but also those who had lives you found interesting for whatever reason. What have you learned through...
  3. CountryGent

    Your loadout, circa 1897?

    So, it is Halloween season again. I normally read at least one, often more, horror novels during the month, and binge watch films in the same genre. My wife enjoys the old horror films as much as I do, so it is a fun diversion when the weather goes caca. I'm running way behind this year for a...
  4. CountryGent

    Best decade for horror films?

    An article I've read recently got me pondering on this one. What decade featured the best horror films? And why?
  5. CountryGent

    Dated 1920, a Postcard Finally Gets Delivered

    Yeesh. I guess I'll stop complaining about slow ship times. Not as bad a century, after all. :eek: Article: Dated 1920, a Postcard Finally Gets Delivered
  6. CountryGent

    Halloween Horror 2018 - The Upside Down and NecroPegacorns

    So wrong, on so many levels. And I did not get the fictional references. But still hilarious. "Pump actions never malfunctions", "Dumpsterfire DNF", "Shockwave power!". LMAO! (Thought the guy in a pink dress ... no es bueno. :eek:)
  7. fredball

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN KIDS

  8. CountryGent

    Ready for Halloween ....

    Most years I enjoy watching the classic horror movies over the course of October. The Universal and Hammer productions in particular, but plenty of others. Granted, those films ranged from true classics to some of the worst, unintentionally hilarious films ever published. Alas, this year I've...
  9. fredball

    Almost Halloween This is good

  10. CountryGent

    Happy Halloween

    Happy Halloween, Northwest Firearms. Have a safe and fun one. :)
  11. CountryGent

    Oh no ... Zomb-O-Rama!

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  12. CountryGent

    Totally Terrifying Texts

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  13. CountryGent

    Favorite Fright Flicks?

    One of my guilty pleasures is the horror genre, particularly the classics. Since we are now upon Halloween-y season, well, it is enjoyable to indulge in the spooky fun. While I enjoy various forms (e.g., literature, films, even some games), the subject of this thread is horror films...
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