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'''Halloween''' was an [[Earth]] [[holiday]] celebrated on the evening of [[October|October {{nth|31|sup}}]]. It was a holiday that celebrated [[witch]]es, [[ghost]]s, [[mumbo jumbo]], and other [[monster]]s that go bump in the night. It also allowed celebrants to dress up in costumes to [[trick or treat]].
'''Halloween''' (sometimes written Hallowe'en) is a holiday celebrated on 31 October. Its origins are usually associated with an ancient Celtic holiday called the festival of Samhain. This harvest festival was a celebration in thanks for a bountiful harvest; at the time it arose, good harvests were chancey things, and the quality of the harvest had much to do with the community's chances of surviving the coming harsh winter. The holiday came to be associated with the death of the year, and from there, with the deaths of people. In addition, the Druids commonly offered sacrifices to spirits to assure that the next year's crop would be bountiful. From this came the notion that the day was one where the barriers between the spirit world and the real world were the thinnest -- permitting spirits benevolent and baneful to roam freely. To scare the baneful spirits away, people dressed in costumes and carved faces in turnips and pumpkins. At some point, it was linked to the similar Church holiday ''All Saints Day'', also called ''All Hallows Even'', which eventually was contracted to Hallowe'en. By the [[20th century]], the holiday had become largely secular, but many of the customs remained a part of it, including much of the death and spirit imagery.
In [[2267]], [[Ornithoid life form|Ornithoid]] explorers [[Korob]] and {{dis|Sylvia|Pyris VII}}, attempting to understand [[Milky Way Galaxy|the galaxy]], constructed a [[castle]], garbed themselves as a [[wizard]] and [[sorcerer|sorceress]], and used other imagery that suggested the holiday of Halloween to [[James T. Kirk]] and [[Leonard McCoy]]. [[Spock]] later theorized that the [[alien]]s attempted to [[telepathy|telepathically]] scan the [[landing party]], and "missed", somehow retrieving information from the subconscious [[fear]]s of the explorers. ({{TOS|Catspaw}})
In [[2267]], alien explorers [[Korob]] and [[Sylvia]], attempting to understand our galaxy, constructed a castle, garbed themselves like wizard and sorceress, and used other imagery that suggested the holiday of Halloween to the [[James T. Kirk|Kirk]] and [[Leonard H. McCoy|McCoy]]. [[Spock]] later theorized that the aliens attempted to [[telepathy|telepathically]] scan the landing party, and "missed", somehow retrieving information from the subconscious fears of the explorers. ([[TOS]]: "[[Catspaw]]")
In [[2364]], when [[Jean-Luc Picard]] first entered his [[Dixon Hill]] [[holonovel]], based on Earth in [[1941]], he was still wearing [[Starfleet uniform (2350s-2370s)|his Starfleet uniform]]. As a quick cover for his unusual attire, he explained to [[Jessica Bradley]] that he had "lost a [[bet]]." She replied, "''Oh, well. At least you're ready for Halloween.''" However, Picard wasn't familiar with the term. ({{TNG|The Big Goodbye}})
{{bginfo|"Catspaw", which originally aired on {{d|27|October|1967}}, was written with the intention of being a "Halloween treat" for the viewers.|Halloween was also referenced in the first draft [[script]] for {{ENT|Fusion}} (which had the [[working title]] "Equilibrium"). In that teleplay, {{Trip Tucker}} explained the traditions associated with Halloween to [[Kov|Fraht]], recalling that it had always been his favorite Earth holiday while he'd been growing up. Tucker also remembered that, in his boyhood, he would usually dress up as either an [[astronaut]] or an alien at Halloween and that, one year, he and [[Tucker's brother 001|his brother]] had eaten so much [[candy]] that [[Tucker's mother 001|their mother]] had needed to take them to the [[hospital]] in order to get their [[stomach]]s pumped, a tale that intrigued Fraht. Though he wondered if getting stomachs pumped was traditionally part of the celebrations, Trip replied, "''Not really…''" and their conversation then went on to discuss [[Vulcan]] holidays.|The [[crew]] of {{NX|Enterprise}} was meanwhile planning to throw a Halloween party soon, so Tucker suggested to Fraht that, if [[Vahklas|his ship]] was still in the area when the party was held, he and some of his crew could attend, a plan Fraht approved of. When Trip pointed out Fraht would have to come to the party wearing a costume, they began considering what kind of costume he'd wear, Tucker recollecting his own childhood preferences for Halloween costumes. Since Fraht was actually an alien among Humans, Trip concluded by advising Fraht to simply come as he was, to which Fraht smiled.}}
== External links ==
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[[Category:The Dixon Hill Series]]
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