Did you know that Halloween originated in Ireland? Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) over 2,000 years ago. Originally, a celebration to mark the end of the year (New Year began on November 1st) and the end of Harvest. Since then Halloween has evolved to what we know today. I have been to Ireland twice once in 1989 and then again in 1991. I have found this country to be warm and friendly. Given the chance the people will invite into their homes and boy do they have the gift of the gab. No longer suffering from economic hardship it is a must see when crossing the Atlantic.