Halloween’s origins date back more than 2,000 years and are traced to the ancient Celtic New Year Celebration in Europe, called Samhain, on November 1st. On Samhain eve, now called Halloween, spirits were thought to walk the earth as they traveled to the afterlife surrounded by demons, fairies and other creatures.* American Folklife Center records at the US Library of Congress say Celts often wore costumes and masks to confuse spirits and avoid being possessed.
Samhain (SAH-win) is an Old Irish word that translates roughly as “summers end”. This painting, by Irish artist Daniel Maclise, is called Snap-Apple Night. It dates back to 1832 and depicts a Halloween party in Blarney, Ireland with children bobbing for apples and adults playing divination games.
So it’s fitting that one of the biggest bashes in Barrington this Halloween weekend is going down TONIGHT, October 30th, at McGonigal’s Irish Pub.