Halloween was an Earth holiday celebrated on the evening of October 31st. The term "Halloween," and its older spelling "Hallowe'en," was shortened from "All-hallows-eve," as it was the evening before "All Hallows' Day." The holiday originated as a day of religious festivities in various northern European Pagan traditions, although it evolved into a holiday emphasizing witches, ghosts, mumbo jumbo, and other monsters that go bump in the night. The celebration of this holiday seems to have fallen out of popularity by the 24th century.

In 2267, alien explorers Korob and Sylvia, attempting to understand our galaxy, constructed a castle, garbed themselves as a wizard and sorceress, and used other imagery that suggested the holiday of Halloween to James Kirk and Leonard McCoy. Spock later theorized that the aliens attempted to 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 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" – a term Picard was not familiar with. (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Catspaw", which originally aired on 27 October 1967, was written with the intention of being a "Halloween treat" for the viewers.

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