Halloween originated in Ireland as the Celtic festival of Samhain.
So many Halloween traditions are Irish because Samhain was seen as the end of summer but also the beginning of another year. It was also the one day of the year when spirits could walk the earth. Local communities would gather together and light huge fires to ward off bad luck and evil spirits for the year ahead. They would be dressed up in elaborate animal skins and carved out turnip heads to scare away evil spirits. The turnip has evolved into the pumpkin today and costumes replace animal skins!
It was said that people extinguished their fires in the hearth at home before they left and would reignite them using an ember from the bonfire, for good luck. The day after the bonfire the ashes were spread across the fields to further ward off bad luck for the farmers.
It was also believed that in the bonfire could identify your future husband or wife by dropping a cutting of your hair into the fire!! There’s no limits to Celtic traditions, stories and beliefs.