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In this post, students will learn about the origins of the holiday known today as Halloween, and the history of its celebration in the United States, including trick-or-treating and costumes. All-Hallows-Even (that is, evening) is the night before All Hallows Day. The apostrophe in the earlier spelling of Hallowe'en denotes the missing v of even. You'll find many e'ens in nineteenth-century and earlier poetry. Written by David Haberstich, Associate Curator in the Archives Center, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.
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