does anyone know the origin of the word halloween or some resources i could use to find out?
It's short for All Hallow Even (All Saints' Eve). November 1st is All Saint's Day. Saint's are hallowed individuals, and the evening before the holiday is it's eve (compare with Christmas Eve or New Years Eve). Circa 1700, it was contracted. I use Miriam-Websters, www.m-w.com as my first source for such look-ups.|