'all hallows (saints) evening'. in scottish it is 'even', so it becomes halloween in short. on this evening children dress up as malignant spirits, to show that they're mocking them, and that god's writ runs supreme. it is also believed that evil spirits rise for that one night for one ghastly carnival, and will try to take vengeance on their enemies. by disguising, or guisin', one can deflect these maleficents. the day also marks the journey of souls in purgatory to either heaven or hell. soul cakes are distributed to pray for all the departed faithfuls. little children , called soulers, will trick or treat, meaning, will play pranks on you if you don't treat them with soul cakes - simply fruit cakes, with charms or gifts packed inside them. yes, it has pagan roots, though modern christians wink at it, as long as kids have fun. the church tried to convert it to a day of remembrance of hallows , or saints.
the original halloween soul song sung by soulers , of 1891 vintage, taken from a school girl's diary :

A soul! A soul! A soul-cake!
Please good Missus, a soul-cake!
An apple, a pear, a plum, or a cherry,
any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.

Verse 1
God bless the master of this house,
the mistress also,
And all the little children
that round your table grow.
Likewise young men and maidens,
your cattle and your store,
and all that dwells within your gates,
we wish you ten times more.

Verse 2
Down into the cellar,
and see what you can find,
If the barrels are not empty,
we hope you will prove kind.
We hope you will prove kind,
with your apples and strong beer,
and we'll come no more a-souling
till this time next year.

Verse 3
The lanes are very dirty;
my shoes are very thin,
I've got a little pocket
to put a penny in.
If you haven't got a penny,
a ha'penny will do;

if you haven't got a ha'penny,
its God bless you!
by sanaryamni December 17, 2015
The best night of the year. Kids dress up and walk around getting candy, teen boys go around scaring kids and stealing their candy, teen girls dress up slutty, and adults turn all their lights off in their house and wait till Halloween is over.
Boy: Halloween is my fav night of the year cuz i get to OD on candy XD
#fun #scary #candy #harvest #pumpkin
by teendorksk8erkid May 19, 2015
the one day of the year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it
"she looks like a slut"
"yeah but its halloween and her costume is fetch!"
#mean #girls #booty #regina #cady
by reginahemmings April 05, 2015
In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy.

In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.
Halloween Costumes
Gretchen: What are you supposed to be?
Karen: I'm a mouse, duh.
#total slut #mean girls #regina george #cady heron #gretchen wieners #karen smith
by bootybxtera October 29, 2014
An excuse of a holiday for teenage girls to dress up like sluts:)
What ever happened to innocent children in Wizard of Oz costumes on Halloween? You'll understand if you've seen Mean Girls
#okay #guys #see #you #later
by hi_imanerdalert May 03, 2014
A day were girls dress themselves up like fucking sluts for no apparent reason.
I was at Party City looking for a halloween costume, and one said "Midnight Seductress." The worst part was, it was in the Young Girls section.
#party #women #clothing #dates #wrong
by ShyGirl2018 October 25, 2013
A day to get candy and dress in costumes. spider webs and lights and pumpkins every where. Im gonna be a minion:)
boy:I cant wait for halloween.
Girl: im gonna get so much candy
#candy #costume #pumpkin #31 #orange #black #minion
by lilk423 October 23, 2013
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