Date: Tue, 1 Nov 1994 21:51:31 -0500 From: Jesse T Sheidlower Subject: Re: Happy Halloween > > I, too, last night was thanked and then wished a Happy Halloween by nearly > everyone of the fifty or more trick or treaters who knocked on my door. > I don't recall ever having heard it before. Where did it come from? > I personally find this quite odd--the fact that it strikes some people as unusual, that is. I don't have any great insight based on exhaustive corpus analysis or anything like that. All I can say is that "Happy Halloween" is as familiar to me as "Merry Christmas," "Happy New Year," or anything else. I'm sure that I used it as a child and ever since (when the occasion arises). I'm from and remain in New York, if that helps. Jesse Sheidlower Random House Reference