In 2016 Halloween will fall on Friday the 13th for the first time in 666 years. See Example(s)
Although we’re ordinarily loath to trample the life out of simple jokes by dissecting the basis of their humor, the number of “Is this true?” inquiries we’ve received about this particular item (which is now updated and set loose on the Internet annually) compels us to address it.
For those who are pondering whether it’s really been 666 years since Halloween last fell on a Friday the 13th, we would point out that the
Moreover, none of the harvest festivals or other observances typically cited as precursors of the modern Halloween, such as the Celtic festival of Samhain, the Welsh Nos Galan Gaeaf, or the Christian holiday All Saints’ Day, is known to have ever been specifically or regularly observed on
Basically, this is a gullibility joke that plays on the idea of the reader’s failing to make the connection that a holiday observed on the fixed date of
The biggest giveaway to the japing nature of this item, however, is the fact that in October 2016, the