Celtic Samhain

The ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain was held at the end of October and known as All Hallow’s E’en, hence we get the word Halloween.  The Celts believed that the veil between the worlds was very thin on that day.  To honor the dead they would leave offerings of food to nourish the spirits on their journey between worlds, so that they wouldn’t be stuck in this one.  This is why we offer candy to trick or treaters, so they won’t do property damage.