Thursday 20 July 2017
(Week 29)

Halloween 2017, 2018 and further

View below the dates for (among others) Halloween 2017 and Halloween 2018.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.
DateHolidayDay
October 31, 2017 Halloween 2017 Tuesday
October 31, 2018 Halloween 2018 Wednesday
October 31, 2019 Halloween 2019 Thursday
October 31, 2020 Halloween 2020 Saturday
October 31, 2021 Halloween 2021 Sunday
October 31, 2022 Halloween 2022 Monday
October 31, 2023 Halloween 2023 Tuesday
October 31, 2024 Halloween 2024 Thursday
October 31, 2025 Halloween 2025 Friday
October 31, 2026 Halloween 2026 Saturday
October 31, 2027 Halloween 2027 Sunday

Significance of Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017 (also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve) occurs on the day before All Saints Day. It is a day that is dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. Halloween 2017 is a holiday celebrated annually on October 31 in the United States and throughout the world.

History of Halloween

It is "widely believed" that Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic harvest festival, Samhain, and that this Gaelic observance was Christianized by the early Church. Samhain festivals are said to have also had pagan roots. Some argue, however, that Halloween began independently of Samhain and has solely Christian origins. Many European cultural traditions hold that Halloween is a time when magic is most powerful and spirits can make contact with the physical world.

In Christian times, it became a celebration of the evening before All Saints' Day. It is believed that the celebration of Halloween only made its way to the United States (from being widely celebrated in Northern Europe) in the 19th Century by immigrants from Scotland and Ireland.

The commercialization of Halloween (as we know it today) began in the 1900s, when postcards and die-cut paper decorations were produced. Halloween costumes started to appear in stores in the 1930s and the custom of 'trick-or-treat' appeared in the 1950s. Halloween 2017 now become a very profitable holiday for the manufacturers of holiday celebration items.

Traditions of Halloween

Halloween 2017 has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of Halloween 2017 include the attending of church services and the lighting of candles on the graves of the dead. Some Christians historically abstain from meat (a tradition reflected in the eating of certain foods on this vigil day. Additionally it has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well. Modern traditions of the holiday include attending Halloween costume parties, lighting bonfires, trick-or-treating, decorating and carving pumpkins, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films.

When is Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017 takes place on October 31 annually. The day on which the holiday falls on changes but the date remains the same; consult the above table for exact dates.
See besides 'Halloween' even more holidays, click on one of the links below.

View or download the 2017 calendar.

See also the 2017 Calendar.