All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows' Day, the Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christian solemnity celebrated in honor of all the saints of the church, whether they are known or unknown.

From the 4th century, feasts commemorating all Christian martyrs were held in various places on various dates near Easter and Pentecost. In the 9th century, some churches in the British Isles began holding the commemoration of all saints on 1 November, and in the 10th century this was extended to the whole Catholic church by Pope Gregory IV.

In Western Christianity, it is still celebrated on 1 November by the Roman Catholic Church as well as many Protestant churches. The Eastern Orthodox Church and associated Eastern Catholic and Byzantine Lutheran churches celebrate it on the first Sunday after Pentecost. The Church of the East and associated Eastern Catholic churches celebrate All Saints' Day on the first Friday after Easter.

All Saints' Day in "Thicker Than Water"[]

On All Saints' Day, an ancient vampire came upon a village after a long period of hunger. It immediately established the village as its hunting ground.[1]


  1. Fantasy Book, March, 1986 issue, pgs. 12-15.