Tourism Ireland is sharing an online film to highlight Ireland as the true ‘Home of Halloween’ – reminding people everywhere that many of the world’s Halloween traditions began here in Ireland.
Titled ‘Ireland: Home of Halloween’, the film tells the story of how Halloween began – almost 3,000 years ago – as the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, to mark the start of winter. It features the origins of some of our well-known Halloween traditions – including dressing up in disguise to ward off evil spirits, carving ghoulish faces into turnips to create the original jack-o’-lanterns, as well as baking barmbrack to forecast the future.
Tourism Ireland’s aim is to spread the message that Ireland is the true ‘Home of Halloween’ and to encourage viewers to come and experience our Halloween traditions for themselves.
Siobhan McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Markets, said: “Our online film, highlighting the authentic connection between Ireland and Halloween, will be seen by over 3.7 million people around the world. Tourism Ireland wants to spread the message that Ireland is the true ‘Home of Halloween’ and inspire viewers to come and experience our well-known Halloween traditions for themselves. Our message is very simple: we cannot wait to roll out the green carpet and welcome back visitors from around the world.”