What does Samhain have to do with Halloween? Ancient Origins of Halloween
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
What does Samhain mean in Halloween? In the Druid tradition, Samhain celebrates the dead with a festival on October 31 and usually features a bonfire and communion with the dead. American pagans often hold music and dance celebrations called Witches’ Balls in proximity to Samhain.
What is the spirit of Samhain? According to Irish mythology, Samhain was a time when doorways to the spirit world were opened, allowing the dead to visit the living world. Some spirits were considered friendly, while others were not, and the Celts created ways to appease them.
How is Samhain different from Halloween? While Samhain might have had supernatural elements, Halloween was nothing but the supernatural and the dead, plus candy of course. By the time that Halloween took over as the holiday celebrated on the evening of October 31, the jubilant mood of this time of year was darker.