[[caption-width-right:225:The only day of the year that it's okay to take candy from strangers.]]

->''The night it is gude Halloween\\
The fairie folk do ride...''
-->-- ''Literature/TamLin'', Literature/ChildBallads #39

All Hallows' Eve. All Saints' Eve. Samhain. October 31. Whatever you call it, and whether you like it or not, [[AntiquatedLinguistics Hallowe'en]] is a holiday that has almost ingrained itself into American life and, [[EaglelandOsmosis in turn]], the global culture.

!![[AC:Origins and history]]
The roots of what we now know as Halloween are descended from two holidays: the Catholic celebration of All Saints' Day, and the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"). "Halloween" is short for All Hallows' Eve, meaning the eve (or evening) before All Saints' Day. Originally, in the seventh century, it was celebrated in May or April, right after Easter. A few centuries later, All Saints' Day was shifted to November, a change that originated in Germany before spreading through the Roman Catholic world. The Orthodox churches continue to celebrate it in April, as did the Irish for a time, for reasons that will be described below.

Samhain, meanwhile, marked the last harvest, the end of foraging for livestock, and the beginning of winter in Celtic pagan culture. (Some folklorists have also claimed Samhain to be the Celtic New Year.) Celtic mythology also held it to be the day when the barrier between the mortal and spirit realms grew thin; anybody who knows anything about Halloween knows where this is going. This was why the Irish continued celebrating All Saints' Day in April years after their fellow Catholics had changed the date, as they wanted to keep the holiday free from associations with Samhain. Clearly, it hasn't worked, as most of the popular iconography surrounding Halloween is borrowed from Samhain rather than All Saints' Day. The jack-o'-lantern, for instance, was meant to ward off evil spirits and [[TheFairFolk fae]][[note]]Though some have associated it instead with All Saints' Day, claiming that they represent Christian souls in purgatory.[[/note]], as was the tradition of dressing up in costume (or "guising"). The revival of Celtic culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries only deepened interest in Samhain, contributing to its transformation into the modern holiday of Halloween.

Nevertheless, works of fiction (and [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer allegedly fact-based news reports]] about the feast) have been known to overstate the influence of Samhain on Halloween.

Halloween was imported to the US and Canada in the 19th century, a time that saw substantial [[TheIrishDiaspora Irish]] and Scottish migration to the New World. Back in this time, Halloween in North America was more of a celebration of Irish and Scottish heritage than anything else, much like Columbus Day is for Italian Americans. It was celebrated with large feasts, apple bobbing, and divination games, as well as pranks and mischief. By the turn of the century, the "pranks and mischief" had become the defining feature of Halloween, turning it into a night of vandalism. As a result, the Boy Scouts and neighborhood groups started working to turn Halloween back into a safe celebration, organizing trick-or-treating events based around the old practice of "guising" to redirect the focus of the festivities away from violence. With Halloween now becoming a popular celebration outside of Welsh, Irish and Scottish neighborhoods, retailers seized upon a brilliant opportunity to have a new holiday to commercialize. While there was some commercialization going on before (mass-produced costumes were appearing in [[TheGreatDepression the 1930s]]), it really took off after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and it hasn't stopped since.

Today, Halloween is considered a major holiday in the US, Canada, Mexico (where it has a more Catholic bent, as it falls right before the ''Día de los Muertos'' celebrations), and the British Isles (where it is more strongly influenced by the older traditions, particularly in Ireland, Scotland, Northern England and Wales). It has also caught on in mainland Europe, India, the Philippines, and Japan through exposure to American media.

It's that part about American media that often creates the most criticism of Halloween outside North America and the British Isles. France, for instance, has long been resistant to celebrating the holiday, seeing it as a form of American cultural imperialism, and celebrations are largely limited to the expat communities. The Australians are more accepting, especially in recent years (it helps that many Australians claim Irish or Scottish ancestry), but it is highly controversial for the same reasons that it is in France; a typical sight in newspapers around October is articles railing against the holiday and the "creeping Americanism" it represents (especially given that, in Australia, October marks the beginning of ''spring'').


* '''Costumes:''' One of the standout features of the holiday. The Halloween costume has traditionally been some form of [[OurMonstersAreDifferent monster]] -- popular choices include [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]] (particularly of the [[BedsheetGhost bedsheet]] variety), [[DemBones skeletons]], [[WickedWitch witches]], [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]], and [[SlasherMovie masked slashers]]. Big rubber masks are often a component, as is [[KensingtonGore fake blood]]. Other popular (and less scary or supernatural) choices include [[EmergencyServices police officers, firefighters]], {{pirate}}s, soldiers, doctors, [[NaughtyNurseOutfit nurses]], animals, [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princesses]], TV and movie characters, Presidential candidates in election years[[note]]Election Day in the US falls no more than eight days after Halloween, meaning that the holiday occurs at the climax of the campaign. In fact, [[http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1856094_1856096_1856106,00.html connections have been made]] between the candidate who sells the most masks and the one who wins the election. [[NixonMask Masks of]] UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, of course, are also a perennial favorite.[[/note]], and costumes that parody the year's events, often in [[GallowsHumor a macabre and deliberately provocative fashion]] (such as a celebrity who died recently, or a victim of a recent disaster).\\
A recent trend has been for women's Halloween costumes to crank up the {{fanservice}} with plenty of [[AbsoluteCleavage cleavage]], [[ShesGotLegs leg]], [[BareYourMidriff midriff]], and [[HellBentForLeather leather]]. In fact, as noted on the page for HotterAndSexier, the "[[{{Stripperiffic}} slutty]] [[SexyWhateverOutfit Halloween costume]]" is almost a trope in and of itself, with [[http://www.yandy.com/ entire companies]] specializing in making sexy costumes. Halloween has been described (most famously by [[Film/MeanGirls Cady Heron]]) as the one day when women are allowed to pretty much dress like strippers without any repercussions, no matter how strait-laced they are on the other 364 days of the year, while Creator/DanSavage has [[http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/happy-heteroween/Content?oid=2594616 called it]] the closest thing straight people have to a gay pride parade, or that Americans have to Carnival or Mardi Gras. That said, it does make for good SnarkBait, with lists of the most [[FetishRetardant laughable]] "sexy" Halloween costumes cropping up every October. And in case you were wondering, while it is less common, guys get in on this too; the usual male variation of the above is either the WalkingShirtlessScene, or something that calls attention to the guy's junk (like elephants, hot dogs, genie bottles, or "ball pits").

* '''Decoration:''' Halloween trails only UsefulNotes/{{Christmas|InAmerica}} as the most popular holiday for decorating one's house. The Celtic jack-o'-lantern tradition has been imported largely intact, the main difference being that pumpkins have replaced turnips as the carved vegetable of choice (pumpkins being larger, easier to carve and more common in North America). Most people carve the usual scary faces into their jack-o'-lanterns, although some will carve funny faces, words, or images. In addition to jack-o'-lanterns, people will decorate their property with scarecrows, witches, spiders, tombstones, hands reaching out of the ground, and various items (blood splatters, hand prints) in their windows. Invariably, at least one home's decorations will be too realistic, leading to the police being called about the "murder scene" and the very pleased-with-themselves owner on the news as a human interest story.

* '''Trick-or-treating:''' A practice that is mostly celebrated by children and their parents (although some will tell you that you're never too old to trick-or-treat), in which they go door-to-door asking for candy, saying "Trick or treat!" whenever the door is opened. The "trick" refers to the (mostly idle) threat of performing mischief against the homeowners or their property if no treats are given. No, most of us do not view this as extortion. A house is marked as "open" for trick-or-treaters by the presence of a lit jack-o'-lantern and porch lights. Trick-or-treating usually takes place at very specific hours of the evening (often 5-8 PM) so that kids won't stay out too late. The treats are almost always wrapped candies bought from a store, such as chocolate bars, lollipops, Twizzlers, and candy corn. Sometimes, people giving out candy, not wanting to be bothered to go to the door, choose to rely on the honor system, leaving a bowl of candy that kids are expected to only take small amounts of. [[{{Jerkass}} Kids being kids]], the bowl is usually empty, if not outright gone, halfway through the night. A similar, older tradition in Scotland and Wales is 'guising', where the children are expected to do a 'turn' (e.g. recite a poem or tell a few jokes) before they get any sweets. \\
Candy apples (apples coated with caramel or toffee) used to be a popular treat, but that ended due to [[YouCanPanicNow a scare]] in TheEighties over people putting [[RazorApples razor blades, needles, or poison in the apples]]. [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer In reality]], the [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/poison/halloween.asp only proven cases]] of people deliberately spiking kids' candy with poison or drugs were crazy parents who were trying to kill their own children (and one of the most famous cases involved Pixi-Stix, a "safe" wrapped candy), not strangers handing out poison at the door. Hiding pins or needles in Halloween candy [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/needles.asp has been known to happen several times,]] but usually as a prank by one's friends -- and it can just as easily be done with a wrapped Snickers bar as with an apple. There certainly wasn't any conspiracy by [[HollywoodSatanism Satanic cultists]] to murder children as sacrifices to the Dark Lord, as has been claimed.[[note]]Perhaps not coincidentally, the rise of this legend came at the same time as the [[YouCanPanicNow "Satanic Panic"]] of TheEighties, when so-called [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories "Satanic ritual abuse"]] (now believed by most serious investigators to be a myth) was being hyped up by churches and even law enforcement as the latest threat ''du jour''.[[/note]] So basically, nice job ruining our fun, [[MoralGuardians assholes]].

* '''Haunted attractions:''' Starting in late September, {{amusement park}}s go on a massive Halloween splurge, giving all of their attractions a horror theme, dressing the employees in spooky costumes and makeup, and putting up most of the aforementioned decorations. It helps that, north of the snow line, most amusement parks close for the winter at the start of November, making Halloween their last hurrah for the year. This practice died down for a couple of years after September 11th due to the perception that it was TooSoon to be glamorizing death and horror, but has since kicked back in with a vengeance. Some parks, such as the Ride/UniversalStudios parks in Hollywood and Orlando, are famous for [[Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights their big-budget Halloween attractions]], which draw in millions of visitors from across America and beyond.\\
For those with a smaller budget than the big amusement parks, the HauntedHouse (or [[AbandonedWarehouse abandoned factory]], {{prison}}, [[BedlamHouse mental asylum]], or other spooky place) is a popular attraction, as are the haunted hayride, the corn maze, the haunted airboat ride (in the southern US), and the haunted trail in less urban areas, with people jumping out of the shadows to scare the bejesus out of the visitors. The "scariness" of attractions varies widely, depending on the target audience -- some may be family attractions (the haunted hayride in particular is seen as this), while others are [[BodyHorror most definitely]] ''[[{{Gorn}} not recommended]]'' for children or those with weak stomachs. In recent times, due to their popularity, many major haunted attractions have grown to be highly elaborate and sophisticated, with Hollywood-quality special effects and production values.\\
A popular {{urban legend|s}} claims that there exists [[http://www.snopes.com/holidays/halloween/haunted.asp a haunted attraction]] somewhere in the country that is so scary, it offers cash rewards or full refunds to anybody who can complete it -- and of course, nobody ever succeeds. Sometimes, the legend claims that the reason why it's so scary is because the performers are allowed to touch and even physically restrain the guests. To the best of our knowledge, such a place does not exist, though as described above, people have tried their damnedest to come close. And in any event, direct contact with the guests can easily cause an accident that can lead to a lawsuit, which is why, usually, the performers stop ''just'' short of doing this.[[note]]There do exist houses where guests are physically restrained and even abused, but all of these houses provide safe words to the guests and require them to sign waivers -- and they don't give refunds. For some time now, Universal Orlando has been trying to create such a house for Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights, but every time, it's been derailed due to concern over injuries and lawsuits. The furthest such plans have ever gotten was the "Severe Fear" house in 2003 that was scrapped at the very last minute. The full treatment and construction documents can be found [[http://www.horrornightnightmares.com/forums/index.php/topic/2660-severe-fear-hhn-13-2003 here.]][[/note]]

* '''Mischief Night[=/=]Devil's Night[=/=]Gate Night[=/=]Goosey Night[=/=]Cabbage Night[=/=]Mat Night[=/=]October 30:''' Whatever you want to call it, the night before Halloween is a night when many teenagers choose to go out and raise a little hell, keeping alive the tradition of Halloween as a night of pranks and mischief after the day itself became more sanitized. Pranks usually involve petty vandalism, such as throwing toilet paper into trees, [[ProducePelting throwing eggs]] (preferably [[{{Squick}} rotten]]) at houses and cars, rubbing soap or wax on windows, and smashing jack-o'-lanterns.\\
However, in some places (most infamously UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} and [[OopNorth the north of England]]), the night is associated with far worse cases of vandalism, including [[PyroManiac arson]], putting fireworks in mailboxes, breaking windows, and setting fires in the street. As a result, the police tend to step up their patrols on October 30 to deter vandals. In addition, some parts of the UK put age restrictions on buying items like eggs, flour, and toilet paper around Halloween, in order to prevent under-16s from buying such items for vandalism.

* '''Movies and television:''' While new {{horror}} flicks usually come into theaters at a steady stream year-round (about once a month), October is when the studios decide to stack their release schedule with these films, releasing a new one at least once a week. For instance, during the TurnOfTheMillennium the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' franchise marketed itself as a modern Halloween tradition, with at least one entry bearing the {{tagline}} "if it's Halloween, it must be ''Saw''", and new installments coming out every October like clockwork... at least, until ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' blew it out of the water and took its place. Stores that sell or rent out movies will dramatically expand their horror sections, and customers are more than happy to oblige. With the rise of home video, this has also been the reason why August has become such a popular time to release horror movies -- it provides ample time to get the DVD into stores in time for October without running into SummerBlockbuster season.\\
TV channels, particularly cable channels, run marathons of horror films for weeks, from [[UniversalHorror the old]] [[Film/HammerHorror classics]] (''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'', ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'', ''Film/{{The Wolf Man|1941}}'') to modern ones (''Franchise/FridayThe13th'', ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'', ''Film/TheExorcist'', ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'', ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'', and of course, ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''), as well as shows like ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' and ''Series/TheTwilightZone''. For kids and those not in the mood to be scared, ''WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown'' is usually on the air somewhere, as are other {{Halloween special}}s both classic and modern. Most [[LongRunners long-running]] TV shows do at least one HalloweenEpisode during their run; among the most famous Halloween episodes are ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''[='=] annual "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" anthology episodes.

* '''Parties:''' As noted under AmericanHolidays, Americans will never resist the temptation to go out and party. After trick-or-treating ends, kids and their parents usually go to their friends' houses to bob for apples, search for candy in the backyard, tell spooky stories, and compare their respective hauls for the night. Pumpkin pie may be served. Teenagers and young adults, meanwhile, often have parties of their own. Horror movies (or ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'') are played on the TV, the guys go to check out how sexy/slutty the women's costumes are, and songs like "[[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]]", "Somebody's Watching Me", the Monster Mash, and the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' theme come on at least once during the night. These events may run the chance of turning into the WildTeenParty, although oftentimes, they are held at bars and similar establishments that can deal with rowdiness better than the parents of a teenager. In places with a lot of countryside, Halloween parties traditionally involve bonfires and activities like {{snipe hunt}}s.

* '''Other Traditions:''' In Ireland, barmbrack (a sort of light fruit cake) is made with a ring and other minor charms baked into it -- the idea being that the person who finds the ring in their slice will also find their true love within a year (commercially produced brack include a toy ring.) In some Wiccan and neo-pagan religious groups, the holiday actually starts during the Autumn Equinox (September 21st or 22nd) and lasts until November 2nd or 3rd depending on the year, although it's a fairly lite practice as fewer then 3 or 4 known groups do openly admit this.

!![[AC:Religious views]]

Remember what we said up at the top of the page about how Halloween is (allegedly) descended from the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain? Well, there are some people and places that don't take too kindly to this little tidbit.

For the most part, Catholics and mainline Protestants are tolerant of the holiday, seeing any ties to paganism as having long since been buried by centuries of Christian and secular tradition -- after all, does anybody, apart from Jehovah's Witnesses, complain about the connections between [[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInAmerica modern Christmas celebrations]] and the pagan solstice holiday of Yule? To them, it is a harmless, secular holiday built around imaginary monsters and handing out candy. Catholic schools often hold Halloween celebrations, and a Vatican exorcist has said that the day is harmless. The Catholic and Anglican Churches may emphasize All Saints' Day, the celebration that comes after Halloween, while Protestants may celebrate Reformation Day -- the day when in 1517, Martin Luther started The Protestant Reformation -- which falls on the same day. However, these celebrations are usually held simultaneously with Halloween, rather than in opposition to it. The laissez-faire attitude that Catholics hold to the holiday makes sense -- the Catholic Church was instrumental in Christianizing the holiday, and it was Irish Catholics who brought Halloween to America in the first place.

Some conservative Christians, however, feel that Halloween trivializes and celebrates the occult and is incompatible with the Christian faith. They point to its Celtic pagan connections, [[UsefulNotes/{{Wicca}} which they feel to be Satanic]]. There have been many religious challenges to and protests against the celebration of Halloween over the years, particularly in the "[[AmericanChurches Bible Belt]]" region of [[DeepSouth the South]] and [[DownOnTheFarm the rural Midwest]]. A recent tradition among conservative Christians has been to hold "Halloween alternative parties" in which people dress up as Biblical characters, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_house "Hell houses"]] as TheMoralSubstitute to regular Halloween attractions. At Hell houses, the attendees are shown scenes meant to portray the decadence of secular culture, finally ending in a room that represents either {{heaven}}, which is the reward for not behaving in the manner just witnessed, or {{hell}}, occupied by {{Satan}}, who claims that all of the characters they had seen (who usually reappear here) are now firmly in his grasp. Afterwards, in order to get out, the attendees must agree to be "saved" (become born-again Christians) or traverse the length of the building. In some cases, the Hell house is marketed as a normal haunted house, thus making it a BaitAndSwitch in which unwitting attendees don't realize that they're going to a fire-and-brimstone sermon until they're already through the door.

The same dichotomy exists within Judaism and Islam. The Orthodox Jewish and conservative Muslim views on the holiday are similar to the conservative Christian one -- it has deep pagan roots, and is therefore incompatible with observance of Judaism or Islam. It is for this reason that celebrations of Halloween have failed to gain traction in the conservative Middle East--''including'' Israel.[[note]]Although to be fair, Jews already have [[UsefulNotes/JewishHolidays Purim]], which has become almost exactly the same thing, [[DisSimile except that Purim has no real "spooky/scary" elements to it, all adults--not just young'uns--are supposed to get drunk, and the people in costumes going door to door asking for free stuff are probably plastered young men, not adorable little kids.]][[/note]] On the other hand, Reform Jews and the more secular and liberal Muslims[[note]]They do exist, and there are in fact quite a lot of them[[/note]] in the US and Canada tend to follow the more "who cares" view of their liberal Christian counterparts, holding it to be harmless fun that lost any semblance of being ''any'' religion's holiday once the marketers got a hold of it. Meanwhile, the Conservative Jews (as usual) stand half-here, half-there on the subject.

And finally, with so much controversy over its pagan history, what do actual pagans think about it? Celtic pagans (of both the [[UsefulNotes/NeoPaganism neo-pagan]] and reconstructionist variety) consider the season to be a holy time of year, and make offerings to the gods and the ancestors. A fair number of UsefulNotes/{{Wicca}}ns, however, feel that the modern, Western incarnation of the holiday is offensive -- they see it as promoting old stereotypes and caricatures of "{{wicked witch}}es" that serve to make people suspicious and fearful of real-life pagans and witches.

!!In popular culture:

* Mentioned in one story arc in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' where Maria loves Halloween because of its association with witches. She wants to go trick or treating despite the fact that it is not a practice done in Japan.
* A disproportionate number of ECComics stories take place on Halloween. To name a few: "Halloween!", "Sugar 'N Spice 'N...", "The October Game,"

* The [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror horror/comedy]] {{anthology}} film ''Film/TrickRTreat'' is based around the holiday, and proudly features many of the tropes surrounding it (including the popular conception of Halloween as an old Celtic pagan holiday).
* The classic 1978 [[SlasherMovie slasher flick]] ''[[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} Halloween]]'' involves masked killer Michael Myers slashing his way through his hometown on (of course) Halloween. The other films in the subsequent [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} franchise]] all take place on the holiday as well.
** ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'' was an attempt to create an anthology series, but poor response scrapped these ideas and the producers have kept using Myers for the rest of the series. The plot of the film revolves around a man who believes that Halloween has grown too commercialized and has lost touch with its roots in pagan tradition, and seeks to restore that tradition by using his toy company and some Stonehenge-powered {{magitek}} to carry out a mass HumanSacrifice.
* ''Film/MeanGirls'' has a scene where Cady goes to a Halloween party. The sluttiness of the women's Halloween costumes is both parodied and exploited for {{fanservice}}.
* A Halloween party in ''Film/NightOfTheDemons1988'' and its sequels serves as a catalyst to demonic activity.
* ''Kenny & Co'' follows a young boy and his friends' everyday lives over a few days leading up to Halloween. That gave the director [[Film/{{Phantasm}} some ideas]]...
* ''Film/HocusPocus'' is set on Halloween.
* ''Film/{{Halloweentown}}'', of course.
* ''Film/{{Funsize}}'', a teen comedy which takes place mostly on Halloween night.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', a stop-motion animated mash-up of both a Halloween ''and'' Christmas movie.
* ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' takes place a few days before, during and a couple more days after Halloween.
* ''Film/ArsenicAndOldLace'' actually takes place on Halloween, although the only real nod to the holiday comes early on when some trick-or-treaters visit (in the daytime!).
* ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'': The "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" segment takes place around Halloween.
* ''Film/LeftBank'' features Samhain as the climactic ending night of the film when [[spoiler:the human sacrifice is performed]].
* ''Film/{{Casper}}'' happens around Halloween, ending at a Halloween party specifically.

* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry's birthday is on Halloween. Which is unfortunate, as spirits tend to get restless that night each year. A plot point in ''Dead Beat'', as Halloween is the optimal night to set off the [[FantasticNuke Darkhallow]]. This is justified in ''Cold Days'' as this night is when the world of Nevernever and human realm are at their closest. [[spoiler:The result is the possibility for a mortal to become immortal and for an immortal to be killed this night. Immortals also use this night to recharge some strength by devouring mortals. It was the second or third Merlin who started the custom of dressing as creatures, so immortals would be unsure if their target was mortal or something else.]] And All Hallows Eve does not end at sunrise, but the first birdsong is sung.
* Claire Byrd [[spoiler: the ghost who possesses Lori]] from ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil]]'', was born on October 31st.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' frequently features Halloween festivities at Hogwarts, most notably in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone The Philosopher's Stone]]'' and ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]''. It is also worth noting that October 31, 1981 is the date that Harry's parents were murdered.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs'', Autumn is an alternate universe, and Halloween is a very powerful force in it.
* ''The Halloween Tree'' by Creator/RayBradbury takes a group of boys through the history of Halloween as they try to save their missing friend.

[[AC:{{Live-Action TV}}]]
* {{Halloween Special}}s and {{Halloween Episode}}s, by their very nature.
* In the {{Buffyverse}}, Halloween is a day of rest for supernatural forces (vampires, demons, etc.), who view the whole celebration as tacky. ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' also did its requisite Halloween episodes in seasons 2, 4, and 6, with spinoff Series/{{Angel}} doing one in season 5.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'' had the requisite Halloween episode (a two-parter, actually), but notable is how the actual holiday is treated in the show's universe. Specifically, it conflates Halloween with Samhain; it is the day when the barrier between the worlds of the living and the dead is briefly lowered, allowing ghosts to go out into and interact with the outside world. Patrick is able to go out to a [[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame gay bar]] and, for one day, escape his loveless relationship with Chad, Moira visits her ill mother [[spoiler:and puts her out of her misery]], and [[spoiler:Tate is able to take Violet out on a date -- and is confronted by the ghosts of the classmates he killed (who had been stuck at the school)]].
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel'' follows up on this, by having the ghosts of famous {{serial killer}}s (including John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Zodiac killer, Richard Ramirez, and Aileen Wuornos) use Halloween to hold a "Devil's Night" party at the Hotel Cortez, where they discuss their crimes and carry out new ones against the hotel's hapless living guests. The party is hosted by the ghost of James Patrick Marsh, the man who built the hotel in the 1920s to serve as [[HellHotel a massive serial killer lair]], filled with hidden passages to dispose of the people he killed. It's implied that the whole party may have been just John Lowe hallucinating from the absinthe he drank, [[OrWasItADream but then again, maybe not]].
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' was famous for its annual Halloween episodes, and indeed was one of the very first sitcoms to do them.

* Music/{{Helloween}}: "Halloween" from Keeper of the Seven Keys pt. 1.
** And, of course, their name.
* Music/MichaelJackson's "Thriller" is a classic staple of the American Halloween tradition
** So is Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash".
* "Halloween" by the Music/DeadKennedys
* "The Haunted House of Rock" by Whodini is a HipHop celebration of classic Halloween motifs
* "Everyday is Halloween" by Music/{{Ministry}}
* "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?" by the "North American Hallowe'en Prevention Initiative" is a charity single by a cast of performers.
* "Spooky" by the Classics IV.
--> ''Just like a ghost, you've been a-hauntin' my dreams, so [[WackyMarriageProposal I'll propose... on Halloween.]]''

[[AC:Video Games]]
* One of the more common {{Holiday Mode}}s.
* ''CostumeQuest'' features trick-or-treating kids trying to stop monsters that are stealing candy.
* ''BanjoKazooie'' features a Halloween themed world named "Mad Monster Mansion". You even get to transform into a pumpkin in this world, one of the most popular symbols of the holiday.
* ''Sonic Adventure 2'' features Pumpkin Hill as a playable level for Knuckles. As the name suggests, it's a cutesy-horror themed stage with landmarks such as graveyards, churches, and , of course, mountains shaped like jack-o-lanterns. One of Shadow's (few) stages, Sky Rail, also takes place in Pumpkin Hill, but in daylight; a less demonic appeal.
* ''VideoGame/DeathSmiles''.
* ''VideoGame/HallowsEnd'' is an ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' [[GameMod ROM Hack]] that was made for a Halloween themed ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' contest featured on Starmen.net. Naturally, the plot of the game takes place on Halloween, and the original Halloween Celtic Mythology is a major part of the plot. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking As well as candy. Lots and lots of candy.]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' takes place on Halloween and features the scarecrow as the main villain.
* ''[[VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead The House of the Dead III]]'' takes place on October 31, [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2019]].

* The concept of Hell houses is mocked in a ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' strip [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10042006.shtml here.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' the extent of Lil' E's AmnesiacDissonance is shown at Halloween: [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4439 He goes trick-or-treating as an angel]]

* ''TheOnion'' manages to get in a one-two punch at both [[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInAmerica the commercialization of Christmas]] and Halloween's alleged pagan history by asking the question, [[http://www.theonion.com/video/in-the-know-has-halloween-become-overcommercialize,14284/ "Has Halloween Become Overcommercialized?"]]
** [[http://www.theonion.com/video/how-to-find-a-masculine-halloween-costume-for-your,14378/ "How To Find A Masculine Halloween Costume For Your Effeminate Son"]]
** [[http://www.theonion.com/video/how-to-get-your-son-to-remove-his-halloween-costum,30233/ "How To Get Your Son To Remove His Halloween Costume"]]
* IMockery absolutely love this holiday, and all October the site is given a change in design with articles exclusively focusing on the holiday, what candy seems to be handed out this year, impressive (along with kitschy or downright terrible) celebrations throughout America, tributes to old horror games and movies, and the usual antics of the staff getting caught up in the holiday. They have a similar celebration for Christmas as well.
* The Halloween parties at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse are only a part of a hellish night for the school, covered in two novels.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' is absolutely ''drenched'' in the holiday.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' have "The Smurfs' Halloween Special", even though it was actually an ordinary Saturday morning episode set on Halloween, which turned out to be Jokey Smurf's and Gargamel's birthday. A similar-themed holiday called Spook-A-Smurf Eve was celebrated in "Monster Smurfs".
* The WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck short ''Trick or Treat'' has a witch joining forces with Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie to get even with him after he pranks them on Halloween.
* The WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short ''Broom-Stick Bunny'' has the rabbit encountering Witch Hazel while trick-or-treating.
** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and his nephew encounter Witch Hazel on Halloween in ''A-Haunting We Will Go''.
* Series/{{Beetlejuice}} and Lydia celebrate Halloween in "Laugh Of The Party." B.J. lives things up with a Neitherworld product called "Party People In a Can."
* ''PunkyBrewster'' had "Halloween Howlers." Glomer turns everyone who doesn't give him a treat into a jack o'lantern.
* Initially, the ''DangerMouse'' episode "The Good, The Bad And The Motionless" tells straight away it's Halloween, and that Penfold is carving up a swede.
-->'''Colonel K:''' Good heavens, D.M., I didn't know he could play tennis.
-->'''DM:''' Tenni--oh, no, sir. Not Bjorn Borg, not ''that'' sort of swede. It's the vegetable kind.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnlimitedMonsterMayhem'' takes place on Halloween and features Solomon Groundy (a zombie), Silver Banshee, and Silvercrow.