Leaving out food for the dead, céilí dancing with Saddam Hussein, throwing cabbage plants at your neighbours, and making costumes from black rubbish bags, are just some of the Halloween traditions presented in this Halloween Exhibition.

Watch Druids welcome in the Celtic new year, see a suburban home being transformed into a full-blown horror house, listen to witches on 'Liveline' and learn all about stink bombs and illegal fireworks.


In this news report from 2005, Richard Dowling visits Druids performing the rites of Samhain at Halloween. Every Halloween, modern-day Druids go to the Hill of Ward in Co. Meath to welcome in the Celtic New Year.  

Before Christianity came to Ireland, Halloween was the pagan festival of Samhain, held to celebrate the Celtic New Year at the beginning of the winter.

In Tlachta, the Hill of Ward in Co. Meath, modern-day druids have revived the ancient rituals of Samhain and are lighting fires for the ceremony. Local historian Joe Conlan explains that fire could attract evil spirits, so first the druids had to settle the spirits and then light a fire to symbolise that all was well. One woman says she has come here because it is the original Samhain site.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 31 October 2005. 

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