There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.
The origins of Halloween is said to date back more than 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts roamed over what is now the United Kingdom, Ireland and northern France.Their new year began Nov. 1, starting with a festival the previous night honouring Samhain to mark the beginning of the season of cold & darkness (beginning of winter), and human mortality. The Celts believed that Samhain allowed the souls of the dead to return to their earthly homes on this night.In addition to making themselves visible to humans, these spirits also played tricks on people.
To commemorate Samhain, Druids - high priests and teachers of the Celts, ordered the people to put out their hearth fires and build a huge new year's bonfire of oak branches, which were considered sacred. The Druids burned animals, crops and - according to some historians - human beings as sacrifices to Samhain. Each family then relit its hearth fires from the new year's bonfire.