The Druids also dressed up in costumes that were made from animal heads and skins.When they were finished with the Samhain celebrations, the Celts re-lit the fires in their homes from the flames of those sacred bonfires.
The Romans eventually conquered the territory where the Celts lived, and the tradition of observing Samhain was eventually combined with two Roman celebrations.
The Samhain celebration included fortune telling, the lighting of bonfires and the tossing of animal bones and items from the harvest onto these fires.
The purpose of the celebration of Samhain was to honor the harvest and mark the beginning of the winter, also known as the "time with little sun."
This festival, celebrated each year by children and adults in the United States, is based on an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain.
When the Romans ruled over the Celts, they merged Samhain with two other festivals: Feralia and a celebration for the goddess Pomona.
Her symbol was an apple, so it's possible that the Halloween tradition of bobbing for apples came from her association with Samhain.
Samhain is the celebration of the end of summer, which first occurred late in the fall in Ireland when the weather turned colder.
He now became specially interested in the establishment of an Irish literary theatre; and he founded and conducted an occasional periodical (appearing fitfully at irregular intervals), called first Beltain and later Samhain, to expound its aims and preach his own views, the first number appearing in May 1899.
In 1902 he published his own first original play in prose, Cathleen ni Houlihan, which was printed in Samhain in October that year.