What in the Halloween is the definition of Samhain? Where did the word come from? And why did the ancient Celts decide to celebrate Samhain on the 31st night of October?
Learn the authentic Irish pronunciation for “Samhain”, the ancient Celtic feast that inspired Halloween. Hint: it’s not “Sam-hane”.
No history of Halloween would be complete without a history of Samhain. Uncover the archaeological and historical evidence behind Samhain’s ancient Celtic origins.
From Apple Bobbing to Trick-or-Treating: The Celtic History Behind Our Favorite Halloween Traditions
Yes, everyone knowns that Halloween originated with the Celtic festival of Samhain. But where did all our wacky Halloween rituals come from?
Where do jack-o’-lanterns come from? Learn about their Irish origins in this deep dive
Get in the Samhain spirit with these spine-tingling Celtic horror novels and short story collections
Dracula’s Irish Origins: Was Bram Stoker’s Vampire Actually Inspired by the Celtic Chieftain Abhartach?
We all know that Dracula was based on Vlad the Impaler, right? Turns out there’s a lot more to the story
Was ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ Really Inspired by the Dullahan, the Headless Horseman of Irish Mythology?
An in-depth history of the Dullahan and how he may (or may not) have influenced Washington Irving’s headless horseman
A brief biography of Irish folklore’s most frightening fay, the banshee. Learn why this vociferous, vatic vocalist haunts the households of those about to perish.
Werewolves are a staple of Irish folklore. Learn how a Kilkenny-based cartoon studio brought them to life in the gorgeous film WolfWalkers.
Irish mythology is rife with ruthless and ritual death. So is there a god and/or goddess from the Irish pantheon who is in charge of the recently deceased, à la the Grim Reaper or Charon from Greek mythology? Turns out there’s not just one Irish god of death, there are (at least) three.