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Oiche Shona Shamhna! Happy Halloween! Pronounced 'ee-hah shona how-nah'. Some two thousand years ago 31 October was the Celtic New Year's Eve. It was believed that on this day, Samhain, the Lord of Death, allowed the souls of the dead to visit their former homes in the company of goblins, black cats and demons. The Celts built huge bonfires to frighten off these creatures and hid from them in costumes made from animal skins and heads. On October 31 after the crops were harvested and stored for the long winter, the cooking fires in the home were extinguished. The Druids, Celtic priests, would meet on the hilltop in the forest (oak trees were considered to be sacred) and light new fires.