On Halloween, the sky will be lit up by a rare blue moon on the scariest night of the year!

PHOTO: A full moon shines over an owl landing on the branches of a tree silhouetted against blue night sky in this undated photo.
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A full moon shines over an owl landing on the branches of a tree silhouetted against blue night sky in this undated photo.

While it is called a blue moon, the moon won't actually appear blue. The phrase refers to the time when a second full moon occurs in one month.

PHOTO: The Full Corn Moon shines behind Hortiatis mountain over the city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Sept. 2, 2020.
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The Full Corn Moon shines behind Hortiatis mountain over the city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Sept. 2, 2020.

According to NASA, a blue moon occurs about seven times every 19 years.

This year, there will be a full moon on Oct. 1 and on Oct. 31.

The last blue moon appeared March 31, 2018, according to Earth Sky.