Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Hallowe'en

In the pagan Calendar, the date on which the Spirits of those who have died during the previous year finally depart this world for the Afterlife. It is thus the day on which Portals to the afterlife are opened; movement from there to here is likewise possible. Much Supernatural Fiction makes play with this; the title of Charles Williams's All Hallows' Eve (1945) signals its complex interactions between living and dead. [CB]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.