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Entry from December 31, 2019
Hallothanksmas (Halloween + Thanksgiving + Christmas)

"Hallowthanksmas” (or “Hallothanksmas") is a portmanteau word that combines the holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many people have noticed that when school starts in September, all three holidays are promoted at once.

“Hallowthanksmas” was printed in The Sun (Baltimore, MD) on October 31, 1963. “Hallowthanksmas” was entered in the Urban Dictionary on January 31, 2005.

“Hallothanksmas” was printed in the Akron (OH) Beacon Journal on November 28, 1966. “Hallothanksmas” was entered in the Urban Dictionary on November 27, 2005.


Newspapers.com
31 October 1963, The Sun (Baltimore, MD), “Notes and Comment,” pg. 14, col. 3:
A store window containing (among other things) Halloween favors, turkey platters and Christmas gifts suggests we are heading toward a new, streamlined, all-purpose holiday geared to the jet age. It will be called Hallowthanksmas and last without pause from labor Day to Twelfth Night.

Newspapers.com
12 November 1963, Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), “Here and there,” pg. 14, col. 1:
A fellow down Maryland was suggests a new holiday, Hallowthanksmas.
(Referring to the article above.—ed.)

17 November 1964, San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, Herb Caen column, second sec., pg. 31, col. 1:
The idea of an all-inclusive holiday called “Hallowthanksmas” is beginning to make more sense every season.

15 December 1964, The News and Courier (Charleston, SC), “Doing The Charleston” by Ashley Cooper, pg. 8-A, col. 3:
AND WHILE I’M ON THE SUBJECT of grizzly jokes, I may as well report that the office cynic thinks we should have one continuous holiday season and merchants’ promotion, extending all the way from Halloween through New Year.  The name of this new holiday, of course, would be Hallowthanksmas.

Newspapers.com
28 November 1966, Akron (OH) Beacon Journal, “Action Line-Sound Off,” pg. A6, col. 3:
The way everyone telescopes our Fall and Winter holidays, why don’t we just call it Hallothanksmas and be done with it? Or perhaps Hallow-Thanksmas would be more appropriate.—G. T. M., Akron.

Newspapers.com
23 November 1967, The Tennessean (Nashville, TN), “Bissell’s Brave New World” comic strip, pg. 18, col. 7:
(A father of the future reads to his son from TALES EVERY KIDDIE SHOULD KNOW.—ed.)
“-- and after the Pilgrim Fathers were scared stiff by the wild Trick and Treaters, old Santa brought them wonderful TV dinners of turkey and dressing and cranberry sauce and loads and loads of wonderful presents and so began our first Hallothanksmas.”

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The Neverending Patch Mess
John Allen
11/19/93
(...)
Hey John K., Cheer up, it’s the Holiday season!

Happy Hallothanksmas!

18 October 1999, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “It’s October; here Come the Catalogs” by Bob Talbert, pg. C8:
Think we should just call September through December Hallowthanksmas and be done with it?

25 November 2001. Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, Sunday Magazine, pg. G2, col. 1:
Of course, retail stores lead us to believe that Christmas starts before Halloween, in which case we all may be living in “Hallothanksmas” right now.

Urban Dictionary
Hallowthanksmas
The period of time starting in late October and ending on New Year’s Eve, so named for the commercial tendency to put up Christmas displays before Halloween. See also Christmahanukwanzakah
Once October comes, we have to celebrate hallowthanksmas for 3 months!
by LaikaSol January 31, 2005

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11/9
tim
11/10/05
First Day of Saturation Christmas Advertising, 2005, November 9.
Happy HalloThanksMas, ChristGivingWeen.

Urban Dictionary
Hallothanksmas
Hallothanksmas is an event running from early October to New Years Eve. Due to peoples obsessive need to start the holidays earlier and earlier, the Three holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas have merged into one huge morass of shopping.
So have you already done youre Hallothanksmas shopping?
#holiday#event#proper noun#seasonal#celebration
by Matt Reuter November 27, 2005

Twitter
Alexandra Giroux
@olenka
‘Once October comes, we have to celebrate hallowthanksmas for 3 months!’
6:43 AM · Oct 31, 2007·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Kristin
@booboolina
Happy Halloween, folks. And so begins the season of Hallowthanksmas http://tinyurl.com/3bsvww
10:26 AM · Oct 31, 2007·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Alexander Z
@MrZ3000
Hallowthanksmas: period in late October and ending on New Year’s Eve, named for the tendency to put up Christmas displays before Halloween.
3:51 AM · Nov 1, 2007·Twitter Web Client

Google Groups: rec.food.cooking
On a lighter note… opinions, please smile
Nexis
11/16/07
(...)
I know! It’s been crazy, getting earlier every year. Pretty soon they’ll just merge all the holidays and have hallowthanksmas

Twitter
BettyEllis
@BettyEllis
Replying to @prblog
@prblog I refer to Oct. 31 - Dec. 25 as the season of HalloThanksMas. Since my view of celebrations all blend together and go so quickly.
10:11 AM · Nov 7, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Google Books
Devotions for Christmas:
A Celebration to Bring You Joy and Peace

Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan
2016
Pg. ?:
Did you know there is actually a term for this blending of holidays? It’s called hallothanksmas. Now, that’s frightening. Can we all agree that our grandmothers would not have approved of hallothanksmas? If we were honest, we’d probably admit that we don’t enjoy it all that much ourselves.

Google Books
Hallowthanksmas: A Holiday Planning Guide for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas
Nomad Journals
Amazon Digital Services LLC - Kdp Print Us, 2018 - Reference - 58 pages
The Hallowthanksmas planner helps organize your holiday planning with space to write down menu ideas, dates of school and church functions, journal holiday memories and make a list of ideas to implement for next year. Plan for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all in one planner.

The Observer News (South Hillsborough County, SC)
Hallothanksmas
Published on: September 26, 2019
Chamber News & Views
According to the calendar, it’s officially fall. However, if you’re waiting for leaves to change colors, forget about it. The only thing that changes color in Florida this time of year is the color of license plates as the snowbirds return.

My only complaint with this time of year is the fact that whenever I walk into big box stores, I see Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving decorations and Christmas trees. Yep. And we haven’t even reached Halloween yet. I call it Hallothanksmas. At the chamber, we’d rather take it one event at a time.
(...)
I cannot eradicate Hallothanksmas. But I can promise you a great month of chamber events in October. Please stop in and see us whenever you can.

Lynne Conlan is Executive Director of the Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce. Call her at 813-634-5111, or email

(Trademark)
Word Mark HALLOWTHANKSMAS
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Calendars; Greeting cards; Paper party decorations; Postcards. FIRST USE: 20070512. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20070512
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 77036790
Filing Date November 3, 2006
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Date Amended to Current Register May 14, 2007
Registration Number 3263417
Registration Date July 10, 2007
Owner (REGISTRANT) Maglio, Nick INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 223 Delaware Ave. Riverside NEW JERSEY 08075
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register SUPPLEMENTAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date February 14, 2014

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