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Samhain had it origins among the ancient Celts is based on their "feast of Samhain". The god of the Dead does not exist among the Druid, Pagan, Wicca and etc gods. The Christians all believed that they, the other religions, were wrong and thought of what they wanted to think and not listen to what others had to say.
Samhain is not a Celtic god. It appears he was created/invented in the 18th century, before the ancient Celtic people and their religion was studied.
Samhain means "end of summer" to the Celts. They observed only two seasons of the year: summer and winter. Samhain is pronounced "sow-in" {where "ow" rhymes with 'cow"}.
Also referred to as the Celt New Year it is also called Ancestor Night.
Samhain, all Hallow Tide, the feast of the dead in Pagan and Christian times, signalized the close of harvest time and the initiation of the winter season. It became the season of cold, death and darkness.
The Christians called Samhain:

"The feast of Samhain was a fearsome night, a dreaded night, a night in which great bonfires were lit to Samna, the Lord of Death, the dark Aryan god who was known as the Grim Reaper, the leader of the ancestral ghosts."
Samhain is referred to the one night of the year where all the ancestors/good spirits walks the earth and visits their dead loves ones or just visits the living.
The day before Samhain was feared by the Celts for this was the day that the evil spirits/ancestors traveled the earth seeking out victims and wanting to destroy them or just torment them for their, the spirits, fun.