Classic horror film that was partially responsible for the creation what has been called the "slasher" genre. Made in 1978, Halloween was written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill and directed by Carpenter himself. Originally titled "The Babysitter Murders" the film was renamed after a suggestion by executive producer Irwin Yablans. No other film had ever been made using the title Halloween and Yablans thought it would make the film stand out.

The film's plot revolves around the character Michael Myers. An opening point of view sequence craftily shows how on a dark Halloween night in 1963 Haddonfield, IL six year old Micheal kills his sixteen year old sister Judith Myers. Clad in a clown mask and costume Micheal stabs the half nude Judith with a large butcher knife over a dozen times in her bedroom just after she has had sex with her boyfriend. Apprehended by his parents leaving the house, Micheal is deemed insane by the courts and locked away in the Smith's Grove/Warren County sanitarium. And there he sits in a state motionless catatonia for fifteen years.

Events jump to the then present day of 1978. It's October 30, and as Micheal has now reached age 21 he is to be taken before a judge on the anniversary of his crime for final sentencing. But on that rain soaked night when Micheal's doctor, Sam Loomis, and nurse arrive for the transfer they find the hospital in utter chaos. The gate security guard is missing and the inmates wander the lawns.
When Loomis gets out of the car to check on the guard Micheal begins to terrorize the nurse inside. Once he's made her flee the car he climbs in and speeds off into the night.

The next day Loomis sets off in pursuit of Myers after chiding his superiors over the facilities lack of security. It seems Loomis had for years known of Micheal's potently violent nature and considered him nothing less then pure Evil. He was always rebuffed by his colleagues as being simply a little too obsessed with the enigmatic boy. Like a human blood hound Loomis tracks Myers to the one place he's sure he'll go. His home town of Haddonfield. Loomis is able to pursued the skeptical sheriff Leigh Brackett to aid him in searching for the elusive Myers.

However, Micheal too has been busy. He kills a mechanic to get some clothes. And then robs a closed hardware store in Haddonfield, taking knives, some rope and an odd blank faced white Halloween mask. Micheal then quickly focuses his demented homicidal fixations on a trio of babysitters; the meek and bookish Laurie Strode, ( who seems to have a strong but unconscious connection to Myers) and her two friends. The air-headed Linda and the wise-ass sheriff's daughter Annie.

Halloween night settles over Haddonfield and Annie and Laurie settle into their babysitting jobs. And Micheal Myers goes trick-or-treating once more...

Halloween is one of the most successful independent movies ever made. It is also highly regarded as a classic horror film, with the likes of such movies Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Night of the Living Dead and The Exorcist. It made instant careers for John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis and despite it's gruesome reputation is far less explicit than most slasher films of today. Particularly noteworthy is Carpenter's use of suspense and tension in the film as well as his use of the nerve wracking piano melody theme music. Carpenter himself composed the infamous "Halloween Theme" from a drum exercise his father taught him.

The now famous Michael Myers mask has become as synonymous with the holiday of Halloween as jack-o-lanterns, witches and skeletons. The original mask itself was made from a 1975 Don Post Studios Captain Kirk mask.

Fallowed by seven sequels that range from good, (Halloween II),to fair,(Halloween 4, Halloween:H20), to down right God awful, (Halloween-Resurrection, Halloween III:Season of the Witch). With John Carpenter's blessing Rob Zombie has begun to write and direct a prequel/remake that will be released in October,2007.
"It's gone! It's gone from here! The Evil is gone!" - Dr. Sam Loomis, Halloween.

The Night He Came Home...Halloween film poster.

"At the costume party Matt plans to show the movie Halloween. He thinks it might scare the kids."
by zombie_carnage October 05, 2006
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An annual excuse for girls to dress like sluts and get away with it.
Girl 1: I'm going to be a ______ for Halloween.
Girl 2: What's your costume look like?
Girl 1: I'm wearing my ______ underwear and _____ bra and heels.
by mb October 29, 2004
celebration where little kids dress up and get candy, teens dress up, get drunk, and go get candy, and adults dress up, get drunk, and give out candy, funny how things all work out.
im dressing up as a farmer for halloween. im so cool.
by smoochiecoochie October 27, 2003
the day that makes the other 364 worth living.
by lush November 02, 2003
It's when you dress up in either cheap, store-bought costumes or elaborate, self-made ones, watch Rocky Horror Picture Show, get your friends to do the Time Warp, and go on a severe candy binge. Until someone spoils your fun by reminding you that it's April.
Halloween is when you're supposed to beat up little kids dressed-up as Sponge Bob Square Pants.
by Arie November 03, 2003
The time of the year when you pass out candy to fat children.
If they're not fat they will be next year!
by iono October 31, 2004
All Hallow's Eve, the evening of October 31st.

Halloween was Christianity`s failed attempt at eradicating paganism in the 9th Century.
Originally, the pagans dedicated the period of late October to early November as a time for honoring their ancestors. Then along came the Christians, who declared November 1st to be All Saints Day and forced the pagans to honor that day instead. The pagans simply celebrated their ancient traditions in secret on the evening before November 1st.
When the Medieval Era ended, and the age of Protestantism began, the pagan tradition was celebrated more openly, eventually becoming an evening holiday in the Western Hemisphere.
During Halloween, the children, dressed up in their favorite costumes, go door-to-door throughout the neighborhood, asking for candy or snacks.
by sarcastic November 16, 2004
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.
What are you going to be for Halloween?
by illEATurHARTout November 01, 2004
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