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Hallowe'en / Halloween

What is Hallowe'en (Halloween)? Witchology.com explains the history, traditions and superstitions, from the origins of Hallowe'en in the Celtic Samhain to the traditional spells of Hallowe'en:

Hallowe'en / Halloween

Known as Hallowe'en (UK spelling), Halloween (US spelling), or Samhain, the 31st of October is a traditional Pagan holy day and Witches' Sabbath. Explore the following links to find out more about this magical time of year.
Hallowe'en Contents

Hallowe'en Interview

Kate Whiting talks to a witchcraft expert to find out more about the original pagan festival and how you can recreate a more traditional Halloween.
Hallowe'en Interview

Origins of Hallowe'en

Hallowe'en, All Hallows, or All Hallows' Eve, this is an ancient Pagan holy day, corrupted by Christians. Find out how they did it and why.
Origins of Hallowe'en

What is Samhain?

Samhain is the Celtic New Year. It means "Summer's End". Traditions differ, but it is usually pronounced...
What is Samhain

Hallowe'en Spells

Hallowe'en is undoubtedly the most magical time of the year in many people's minds, but do you know what special, seasonal spells are traditionally cast? This time of year requires a certain sort of magic.
Hallowe'en Spells and Magic

A Wiccan Hallowe'en

"Eko, eko, Azarak... Dread Lord of the Shadows..." How do Wiccans celebrate Hallowe'en? Do they even call it Hallowe'en?
A Wiccan Hallowe'en

Hallowe'en Misinformation

Samhain is not the Celtic God of Death. Hallowe'en is not a festival of evil. These and other common misunderstandings explained, and misinformation refuted.
Hallowe'en Misinformation

Hallowe'en Traditions

What are the origins of "Trick or Treat"? Dressing up, love oracles, pumpkins, Jack-O-Lanterns and footsteps of the dead... Find out more about the old folk traditions of Hallowe'en.
Hallowe'en Traditions

Hallowe'en Near You

Want to go to a Hallowe'en party or a Samhain ritual? The Witchology event guide brings together the spookiest destinations across the world. Find out where the nearest magical Hallowe'en event to you is with one click here.
Hallowe'en Events Guide

Hallowe'en on the Internet

What are the hot search trends this Hallowe'en (Halloween)? Read our report to find out who's typing what into Google for 31 October.
Hallowe'en on the Internet

Hallowe'en Gift Ideas

It's Hallowe'en and I don't have a thing to wear? Need some seasonal gift ideas? You won't find these unique designs in the shops.
Hallowe'en Gifts

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Free Hallowe'en Downloads

History of Hallowe'en
Find out about the history and meaning of Hallowe'en (Halloween) and Samhain. Based on a Press Association interview with Dr Leo Ruickbie in 2008.
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Hallowe'en / Halloween Spells
Hallowe'en is traditionally a time of spells and magic. Learn more about these old seasonal charms and modern Wiccan spellcraft for Samhain.
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Books for Hallowe'en:

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Halloween and Samhain at Witchology Hallowe'en / Halloween / Samhain

Known as Hallowe'en (UK spelling), Halloween (US spelling), or Samhain, the 31st of October is a traditional Pagan holy day and Witches' Sabbath. Explore the following links to find out more about this magical time of year.

It's a 'Happy Halloween' on the Internet

Google Trends

Top Twenty Searches

Google's Hot Trends for the USA (31 October 2008). Google doesn't publish any useful figures, but gives a little graph showing almost meaningless peaks and troughs. If you have an account with Google, then they'll let you see what they call search volume, again you don't get to see the raw numbers and you've just signed your privacy away so that Google can keep track of what information you're requesting. Here's the Top Twenty for 31 October 2008:

  1. prairie fire
  2. anatomy jane doll
  3. happy halloween
  4. pretty fly for a whi...
  5. printable pumpkin ca...
  6. halloween 2008
  7. elke the stallion
  8. the office employee ...
  9. samhain
  10. www.ticketmaster.com
  11. halloween games
  12. halloween pictures
  13. halloween comments
  14. halloween jokes
  15. halloween quotes
  16. myspace halloween gr...
  17. concert tickets
  18. trick or treat
  19. holloween
  20. happy halloween mysp...

No. 3: 'happy halloween' is a not so scorching 'mild' according to the Google bunnies. Amazingly, I have never thought of typing 'happy halloween' into Google. Why would you?
No. 6: 'halloween 2008' is also 'mild'.
No. 9: and 'samhain' is, yes, you guessed it, 'mild' on Google's hotness scale.

Conclusion: getting into Google's top ten search results is apparently only mildly hot.

'Halloween' Related Searches

The top 'halloween' related searches this year are:

  1. halloween costumes
  2. costumes
  3. halloween costume
  4. halloween party
  5. halloween ideas
  6. halloween costume ideas
  7. halloween games
  8. costumes for halloween
  9. halloween pictures
  10. halloween costumes ideas
Regional Interest in 'Halloween'

Regional interest in 'halloween' is highest in the USA with Canada coming second, which is not surprising, since people in the UK and Ireland should be spelling the word as Hallowe'en. But Google doesn't recognise Hallowe'en and returns the same results as before. In the USA it's Frankfort, Kentucky, that apparently has the highest interest in anything to do with 'halloween'. Happy Halloween Frankfort!

Happy Samhain from Danzig

Samhain Related Searches

The top ten 'samhain' related searches this year are:

  1. samhain halloween
  2. samhain publishing
  3. samhain danzig
  4. danzig
  5. samhain lyrics
  6. samhain ritual
  7. wicca samhain
  8. pagan samhain
  9. celtic samhain
Regional Interest in Samhain

The USA comes second to Ireland in regional interest in 'samhain'. And within Ireland it's Dublin that's the Samhain capital. Kentucky loses out to Vermont as the US Samhain hotspot. Strangely, the UK is neck and neck with Austria. Looking at the UK figures, it's Scotland that leads the table with Edinburgh coming out top. Clearly, Samhain is most popular with the Celts. The Germans are more interest in looking up the lyrics to Danzig's Samhain.

Further Reading

More Hallowe'en from Witchology.com

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