ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ireland and Halloween

Updated on October 20, 2016
Skulls for the more sinister
Skulls for the more sinister
Not every pumpkin is scary
Not every pumpkin is scary
Carving is a traditional
Carving is a traditional


  1. A holiday typically linked to one of many Celtic festivals, this one, however, is the festival of Shamian, which is pronounced ( sow-an or sow-in)". Like many Irish words, it is like you can see spelled completely different than spoken. Remember Halloween originated from Ireland during a time where the land, people, and nature were worth their weight in gold and long before the arrival of St. Patrick – but like many things that's another conversation. The name of the festival historically derives from Old Irish and means "summer's end". Also known more knowingly as the Festival of the Dead, and you who know your history it also goes by the name of Pomona, dating back as far as the Romans.
  2. We have the carving of the pumpkins as a remembrance of those souls caught in purgatory (which is not a nice thought), so this is why when I do it I like to carve something nice like a butterfly. LOL - What? Their stuck in no man’s land people, give them something. Oh and a piece of somewhat useless information, the Irish and Scottish always used turnips instead.... Anyway, then, come the costumes. Have you ever wondered why so many girls from a young age dress as witches? Is it from the old wives tales of witches and broomsticks, or is it the inner spell casting potion making entities of centuries past coming back to enjoy the festivities? Who knows. Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and for some strange reason, I have seen many a cowboy call to my door. I never thought of Billy the Kid as a Halloween choice but there you go.

So we have Bonfires, barmbrack (an Irish fruit like cake, I FOR ONE HATE IT) toffee apples (yummy), candy corn and candy pumpkins - which I have yet to taste, colcannon. Now before I continue. What the hell is that some of you might be asking yourselves. Well, let me tell you as I dry heave at the memory of my childhood being forced to eat this every Thursday. Unlike these days where kids believe their mother's kitchen a restaurant where they can order and eat whatever they like, my mothers kitchen was an "Eat it or go hungry" This is an Irish dinner consisting of- potatoes, cabbage, turnip. All I can say from experience is that this dish scared my childhood. I think that’s all that needs to be said.

Christianity has its own views on Halloween and it has been brought to our attention that Jesus was born in October and not December as we have always been led to believe. Either people choose to take part in the celebrations of what Halloween is truly about, or they choose to believe it is a dark and somewhat evil celebration where pets and babies are sacrificed. For each their own, but I really hope people do not believe such things. (Individuals who sacrifice anything need to be locked up in a special place where only their own thoughts can keep them company and away from the outside world's level headed thinking) The point being is that Halloween is a time for old traditions, hence the churches and the majority need not share this momentum piece of their religious history with such a thing. I shrug my shoulders at this because it is just one more thing you have to get your mind around.

So enjoy the holiday, try new things, eat things you have never tried and maybe some might venture towards colcannon. HA - someone might like it.

Do you celebrate Halloween?

What are your reasons?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)