When did Hallowe'en become Halloween?

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I can’t answer cuz I’ve never seen the apostrophe in the word before. How long ago was this?! That’s pretty interesting tho!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have never, ever seen it with an apostrophe in my 25 years on this earth.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

It was “All Hallows’ Eve” before but I haven’t ever seen it shortened to anything but “Halloween”

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve only ever seen (pardon me) hippies spell it “Hallowe’en”!

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@chasesgirl: is correct, Hallowe’en is the “contraction” for All Hallows’ Eve. 

Hallowe’en was definitely the common spelling in Canada for years…

The way I learned to spell it in school as a kid, and the way my kids learned in the early 1990s as well.

Americans have been spelling it without the apostrophe for eons…

So I’m guessing what you have suddenly noticed to be more apparent, is a case of US Language migration again… happens more often than we can imagine, and more so as you say since the proliferation of the Internet

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’ve never seen it spelled with an apostrophe. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@AB Bride:  I think it has been lost to the fear of the apostrophe. People don’t understand how to use it and therefore cut it out. Therefore, those following on from the people who cut it out have never known any other way.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

I hate literally never in my life seen Hallowe’en. Not once. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@AB Bride:  Maybe it’s just where you’re from.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@AB Bride:  I live in the same province as you, and I never grew up with the apostrophe lol. I only see it on occasion.

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