Halloween is also known as Hallowe’en – a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening, Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve and All Saints’ Eve. The annual holiday is a celebration observed on October 31st, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. Halloween starts a three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time of the year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints or hallows, martyrs and all other deceased people.
According to BBC Online, it is believed that many Halloween traditions originated from the ancient Celtic harvest festival Samhain, and that this Gaelic observance was Christianized by the early Church. Samhain and other similar festivals had pagan roots. Others believe that Halloween began independent of Samhain and has only Christian roots.
Halloween activities include costumed trick-or-treating by children, usually for candy or “treats,” attending Halloween costume parties, decorating with horror-themed materials, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting fires, apple bobbing & divination games, playing pranks, visiting horror-themed attractions, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
In parts of the world, the Christian observance of All Hallows’ Eve, such as attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular.
The annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in New York City is the world’s largest Halloween parade. However, there are hundreds of Halloween parades that take place around the United States and in other countries celebrating the holiday. Additionally, personal property, public spaces and other locations may be decorated with macabre symbols such as pumpkins, witches, skeletons, ghosts, cobwebs and headstones.
The modern vision of Halloween comes from numerous sources, including Christian theology of death, national customs, works of Gothic and horror literature – such as the novels Frankenstein and Dracula, works of art, and classic horror films – such as The Mummy. Imagery of the skull, a reference to Golgotha in Christian tradition, is a reminder of death and the transitory quality of human life.
I’m posting this early because I know some of you will be doing your Halloween partying this weekend. We’re having our first-ever FilmFetish Costume Fest, which is really an excuse to celebrate the best holiday of the year, and have a little fun at the same time. To spice things up a bit, we’ll be … More
Dark Sky announced that in anticipation of the October 1st release of Hatchet II – which is getting the widest release of an uncut and unrated genre film in more than 25 years – the film’s legendary cult movie cast and its director, will be making special appearances at midnight and opening weekend screenings across … More
Dark Sky Films announced today that in anticipation of the upcoming Halloween horror movie season, Adam Green’s Hatchet II will be distributed in theaters across the country beginning October 1st. The film will be released without an MPAA rating, marking the widest release of an unrated genre film in more than 25 years. AMC Theatres, … More
After Tony Todd and Kane Hodder brought a taste of “Old School American Horror” to San Diego Comic-Con this summer to promote the film, Dark Sky Films has finally launched the exclusive Hatchet 2 teaser trailer on Yahoo! Movies, featuring a cast comprised of a cavalcade of “Cult Cinema Icons” including Danielle Harris (Halloween), Todd … More
Creation Entertainment’s Weekend of Horrors returns to Los Angeles on Friday, May 21st through Sunday, May 23rd, with the bucket of terror talent from film and TV. The three-day event will be held at the Marriot Los Angeles Airport, located 5855 West Century Blvd. in Los Angeles, California. Convention favorites scheduled to appear include writer/director … More
On February 2, 2010, Dark Sky Films and MPI Media Group will release Ti West’s critically acclaimed cult horror film The House of the Devil on DVD. To celebrate The House of the Devil’s release on DVD, FilmFetish is giving away three copies of the DVD to readers. PLEASE NOTE: To be considered to win … More
Not sure if I’ll have time to post tomorrow, so I thought I’d prepare something a little early. I also have a bunch of contests open for the holiday that you still have time to enter. You can see a complete list below. Have a great Halloween!
According to THR, by way of Empire, a group of veteran slasher film producers are teaming up for the horror film The Violent Kind. The film brings together Halloween remake producers Andy Gould and Malek Akkad, along with Jeffrey Allard, executive producer of the two Texas Chainsaw Massacre re-imaginings. The Violent Kind follows the story … More
On April 21st, 2009, Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the Unrated Director’s Cut of Robert Hall’s Laid to Rest on DVD, featuring the debut of the next great masked serial killer – ChromeSkull. For fans who want to find out more about Laid to Rest and ChromeSkull, there’s a new website and contest where fans can … More