Although Halloween has Celtic origins, there is a strong Christian influence to the festival. In the ninth century, the Roman Catholic Church declared November 1 a holiday to honour the saints. This day was therefore called All Saints' Day, or All Hallows. October 31 became known as All Hallows' Eve and eventually Halloween. The topic for the Creative Writing Workshop this week is: A surprise. It can be a poem or a short story. Write up to 500 words and send your entry to: Creative Writing Workshop: Week of October 27, Young Post, 16th Floor, Somerset House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Remember to include your full name, contact number and address. The deadline is November 10, 2003. The best entry(ies) will be published in English Corner.