Halloween Full Moon

October 31, 2001


Provided by: Michael Myers
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster

Officially, the moon isn't full until just after midnight (12:41 a.m.) in the eastern US on Thursday, November 1, but for time zones to the west of the Eastern Time Zone, the moon is full before midnight (11:41 p.m. in the Central Time Zone and 9:41 p.m. in the Pacific Time Zone). This means the Full Moon occurs in October, and since it's the second Full Moon of the month, it's referred to as a "blue moon." For the "trick or treaters" the full moon may add a touch of spookiness to Halloween - who knows what's lurking in the shadows? For mom and dad, the increased light makes it a bit easier for them to keep a watchful eye on their young charges.

Halloween is one of the cross quarter days that mark the midpoints between the equinoxes and solstices. Additionally, in Christianity it's the eve before All Saints Day - All Hallows Eve.

Photo of the full moon rising was taken by Michael Myers.

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