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Is Halloween an official holiday?

With the 31 October traditional US celebration around the corner, many children show off their costumes.

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Is Halloween an official holiday?
MARIO ANZUONI REUTERS

Since All Saint’s Day was moved to Nov. 1 in the 8th century, the evening before the religious day was established as a hallowed day— thus named Halloween— and came to form part of America’s traditions.

Halloween, well-known by both the young and old for the parties where celebrants wear masks and costumes or go “trick or treating” from house to house. Halloween has become such a tradition, that many even classify the day as a holiday, but is it really an official holiday?

Is Halloween a holiday?

The answer is no. Despite, the loose difference between holiday and celebration, many tend to get confused. Halloween is more of a celebration and officials have not moved to make it a federal holiday.

This means workers will not get the day off.

However, while not being a federal holiday, October 31 is celebrated by most American kids, who anxiously wait for the day to arrive. Each year millions of children will get to show off their costumes and indulge in a feast of sweets and other treats.

The tradition states costumes should be “creepy” meaning ghosts, skeletons, witches, vampires, and diabolical pumpkins steal all the spotlight. In fact, any supernatural creature has a space in the book of Halloween and is commonly seen through the US streets on the last day of October.

Will Halloween ever be federal?

It's highly unlikely to ever see Halloween raised to the standard of the federal holiday. In the US, all federal holidays commemorate dates of relevance for American history: MLK Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, and Thanksgiving.

The only exception has been made with Christmas and New Year due to the vast numbers of citizens who celebrate on these days.