Ireland: Where Halloween Began

Halloween is one of America’s most popular holidays, so people are often surprised to learn it has roots in Ireland.

Long before trick-or-treaters went looking for candy every October, the Druids of ancient Ireland celebrated Samhain (‘sam’ meaning summer and ‘hain’ meaning end). During this time, the division between the earth and the spirit world was believed to be at its most porous – so mythical creatures such as fairies and banshees could find their way into our world. People would wear costumes (generally animal heads and skins) to scare away the spirits, a precursor to the costume tradition we have today.

That’s just the beginning of what you’ll learn when you travel with Vantage on Ireland: A Deluxe Journey to the Emerald Isle. Our Tour Directors offer unique insights into Irish history and culture, and a lecture on Celtic spirituality introduces you to the rich religious heritage of the country: from the ancient Druids to Saint Patrick, the Book of Kells, and beyond.

Vantage traveler Jan Wedl joined us on Ireland: A Deluxe Journey to the Emerald Isle. “I have traveled with Vantage and all the trips have been enjoyable,” she wrote of her experience. “The trip to Ireland was the best that I have been on with ANY travel company.”

See what Jan meant… join us on this unforgettable journey through a timeless land.