Samhain means "end of summer" and is an ancient Celtic festival that celebrates the beginning of winter, marked by death and is considered to be the Witches' New Year.
In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honour saints and martyrs.
It is believed that the pope was attempting to replace Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called
All-hollowmas or(from Middle English Alholwesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually Halloween.
November 1, the Day of the Dead (also celebrated by some on November 2)the dead were thought to return to earth. People would leave food on the tables for them and for would usually stay indoors.
Several of the most widely known Halloween's divinationrituals related to apples.
If you want to know the initial of your true loves first name twist the stalk once for each letter of the alphabet: the stalk will snap at the right letter.
Place a apple seed representing a potential partner in a hot fire while saying: 'If you love me, bounce and fly, if you dislike me, lie and die', and then observing what happens, might produce the required answer.
If a girl stands before a mirror while eating an apple and combing her hair at midnight, her future husband's image will be reflected in the glass over her left shoulder.
At midnight cut an apple into nine pieces, each of which must be stuck on the point of the knife and held over the left shoulder, her future husband's image will appear.
Peel an apple in one long piece, and toss the peel over the left shoulder or into a bowel of water, one will be able to read the first initial of their future partner's name in the the shape assumed by the discarded peel.
An apple peel hung on a nail by the front door and the initials of the first man to enter will be the same as those of the unknown lover.
The game of ducking apples: without using their hands, children attempt to take bites out of apples floating in a bowl of water or suspended on strings The child is fated to marry the owner of the apple they managed to bite. The chlidren take their apple to bed and sleeps with the apple under their pillow so as to receive a vision.