Candida Moss | Oct. 30, 2013 | BBC
Halloween is widely known as an American holiday. Trick or treating, pumpkins, witches, and Halloween parties are all newcomers to the British calendar and compete for attention with the resolutely British Guy Fawkes Night.
But in actual fact, Halloween originated in Britain. The name Halloween, or All Hallows' Eve, comes from the Old English halga or "holy". Up until 1500 the word "hallow" referred to a holy person and so Halloween was named as the night before All Saints' Day.