Trademarks and Halloween: What You Need to Know

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Trademarks and Halloween

Halloween is a festival of ghosts celebrated on October 31st. Originating from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, it marks the transition to "the dark half of the year."

In the 19th century, Halloween was adopted in America through Irish immigrants, who brought their traditions with them. Today, it's celebrated worldwide, with customs like costume parties, trick-or-treating, and games.Halloween - Trick or Treat

Can Halloween be a trademark?

While Halloween itself cannot be trademarked due to its cultural significance, specific names, logos, and products associated with Halloween can be. For example:

  • In the USA, "Halloween Hooties" for candies was trademarked in 1971 and is still active.
  • The latest Halloween-related trademark in the USA is "HALLOWEEN WHOLESALERS" registered in 2021 for services.
  • In the UAE, "Halloween Horror Nights" is a registered trademark for entertainment services, filed in 2015 and still in use.

Trademark protection ensures that owners can prevent others from using similar names or logos for similar goods or services, safeguarding their brand identity.

Note: Trademark laws vary by country, and trademarks must be actively used and renewed to maintain protection.

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