Amanda Multimedia Design 3 rd Block 10/26/12. How did Halloween get it name?. Halloween got its name from All Hallows Eve and was shortened to Halloween. It is the end of All-Hallows-Day which is All Saints Day. It is a day when spirits could walk the earth and communicate with the living.
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Halloween started in Ireland about 2,000 years ago with a group of people called the Celtics. They believed in a god called Samhain who was the god of dead and darkness. October 31st was considered the end of the year and as a result they threw a large celebration, which was known as Samhain. This celebration of the autumn harvest and the Celtic new year, when they believed spirits could come back and visit with living relatives.