As a magical aid the Samhain bonfire was chief, and it is still lit in the Highlands.
Ireland has a literature of Hallowe'en, or "Samhain," as it used to be called.
Samhain,892 beginning the Celtic year, was an important social and religious occasion.
"And it isn't just Samhain," said Kenny, setting down his glass.
"It seems to me that to-night is Samhain night," said Caoilte.
And any one that came to her house at Samhain time might stay till Beltaine, and have his choice then to go or to stay.
Mother: I must make my feast all the same, for Samhain night is more to me than to any other one.
The dates of these survivals may be explained by that dislocation of the Samhain festival already pointed out.
From the idea that the sun suffered from his enemies on this day grew the association of Samhain with death.
Child: It is a pity daddy to be away at the fair on a Samhain night.
1888, from Irish samhain (Gaelic samhuinn), from Old Irish samain, literally "summer's end," from Old Irish sam "summer" (see summer (n.1)) + fuin "end." Nov. 1, the Celtic festival of the start of winter and of the new year.