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Halloween also Hallowe'en (hàl´e-wên´, hòl´-)  noun
October 31, celebrated in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles by children going door to door while wearing costumes and begging treats and playing pranks.

[Short for All Hallow Even : Allhallow(mas) + even2.]


Halloween, name applied to the evening of October 31, which precedes the christian feast of All Saints' Day. Halloween traditions are thought to have originated among ancient internal linkDruids, who believed that evil spirits were active on that evening. Ancient internal linkCelts observed Halloween as the last evening of the year and believed that during it the spirits of the dead revisited their earthly homes. After the Romans conquered ancient Britain about 55 BC, they added features of a Roman harvest festival to Halloween. The concept of ghosts and witches is still common to all Halloween observances.

Halloween (noun)

internal linksorcery: Walpurgisnacht, Halloween


There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.
internal linkJean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. America, "Astral America" (1986; tr. 1988).

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drone - halloween ghost

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The Druids knew that these three days had a special quality about them. The veil between this world and the World of the Ancestors was drawn aside on these nights, and for those who were prepared, journeys could be made in safety to the ’other side’. The Druid rites, therefore, were concerned with making internal linkcontact with the spirits of the departed, who were seen as sources of guidance and inspiration rather than as sources of dread. The dark internal linkmoon, the time when no moon can be seen in the sky, was the phase of the moon which ruled this time, because it represents a internal linktime in which our mortal sight needs to be obscured in order for us to see into the other worlds.

The dead are honoured and feasted, not as the dead, but as the living spirits of loved ones and of guardians who hold the root-wisdom of the tribe. With the coming of christianity, this festival was turned into Hallowe’en (31 October), All Hallows [All Saints Day] (1 November),  and All Souls Day (2 November). Here we can see most clearly the way in which christianity built on the Pagan internal linkfoundations it found rooted in these isles. Not only does the purpose of the festival match with the earlier one, but even the unusual length of the festival is the same.

The christian church was unable to get the people to stop celebrating this holiday, so they simply sprinkled a little holy internal linkwater on it and gave it new names, as they did with other Paleopagan holidays and customs. This was a form of calendrical imperialism, co-opting Paleopagan sacred times, as they had Paleopagan sacred places (most if not all of the great cathedrals of Europe were built on top of earlier Paleopagan shrines and sacred groves). So when fundamentalists come to your  local school board and try to get Halloween removed from the public schools because “it’s a Pagan holiday,” they are perfectly correct. Of course, Valentine’s
Day/Lupercalia, Easter/internal linkEostre, and Christmas/Yule also have many Paleopagan elements associated with their dating and/or symbols, as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and others have pointed out for decades. So if we decide to rid the public schools of all holidays that have Pagan aspects to them, there won’t be many left for the kids to enjoy.

Halloween is the modern name for Samhain, an ancient internal linkCeltic holy day which many Neopagans — especially Wiccans, internal linkDruids and Celtic Reconstructionists — celebrate as a spiritual beginning of a new year.

Halloween is a internal linktime to confront our personal and cultural attitudes towards death and those who have passed on before us.

Halloween is a time to lift the veil between the many material and spiritual worlds in divination, so as to gain spiritual insight about the pasts and futures.

Halloween is a time to deepen our connection to the cycles of the seasons, to  the generations that have come before us and those that will follow, and to the Gods and Goddesses we worship.

Halloween is a time to let our inner children out to play, to pass on our childhood traditions to our children, and to share the fun with our friends and neighbors of many other faiths. So…

- Isaac Bonewits - _The History of Halloween_

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We all dressed in black we snuck up around the back
We began to attack the eggs did crack on Haze's back
internal linkSam I am down with the program internal linkGreen eggs and ham Yosemite Sam
Come Halloween you know I come strapped     I throw it at a sucker K-pap

- _Egg Man_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by The internal linkBeastie Boys off of _Paul's Boutique_ cassetteatomjacked inventory cache

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

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internal linkDevo's first show: was hired as a gag, to open up for internal linkSun Ra at a local radio station's Halloween party. But no one gets the joke as the band continually assaults their shocked and befuddled audience, with computerized noise blasts (_Subhuman Woman_) and grating vocals  (_Beulah_).

Devo Live: The Mongoloid Years

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punk track _Halloween_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Dead Kennedys off of _Plastic Surgery Disasters_ 12" on Alternative Tentacles #027 (1982) as well as 7" #028

Dead Kennedys - Halloween 7" (cover)

Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters 12" (cover)

So it's Halloween
And you feel like internal linkdancin'
And you feel like internal linkshinin'
And you feel like letting loose

Whatcha gonna be
Babe, you better know
And you better plan
Better plan all day

Better plan all week
Better plan all month
Better plan all year

You're dressed up like a clown
Putting on your act
It's the only
internal linktime all year
You'll ever admit that

I can see your eyes
I can see your
internal linkbrain
Baby, nothing's changed

You're still hiding in a mask
You take your fun seriously
No, don't blow this year's chance
Tomorrow your mold goes back on

After Halloween

You go to work today
You'll go to work tomorrow
Shitfaced tonight
You'll brag about it for months

Remember what I did
Remember what I was
Back on Halloween

But what's in between
Where are your ideas?
You sit around and dream
For next Halloween

Why not everyday
Are you so afraid
What will people say

After Halloween

Because your role is planned for you
There's nothing you can do
But stop and think it through
But what will the boss say to you

And what will your girlfriend say to you
And the people out on the street they might glare at you
And whadya know you're pretty self-conscious too

So you run back and stuff yourselves in rigid business costumes
Only at night to score is your leather uniform exhumed
Why don't you take your social regulations
And shove 'em up your ass

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_The internal linkSimpsons Halloween Special (AKA: Treehouse of Horror)_      [Aired October 25, 1990] Season 2/Episode 4
Bart and Lisa swap three horror stories in their tree house:

_The Simpsons Halloween Special II (aka Treehouse of Horror II)_      [Aired October 31, 1991] Season 3/Episode 2
In the sequel to the original Treehouse of Horror, three more tales of horror. Lisa, Bart, and Homer eat too much candy, and end up having nightmares...:

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A Halloween party for students is banned at Pine Island Elementary after protests from parents and religious leaders that the holiday glorifies Satan. Teachers--who ended up holding a November "fall festival" instead--unanimously agreed to reinstate the Halloween festivities the following year.
(Sun-Sentinel, 10/18/91)

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dancing pumpkin guy
dancing pumpkin guy
dancing pumpkin guy
dancing pumpkin guy
dancing pumpkin guy
dancing pumpkin guy

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Misfits - Halloween 7" (cover)

Misfits - Halloween 7" (orange marbled vinyl)

Halloween - William Shatner mask
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