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Samhain & Hallowe'en 2020

Monday, October 26, 2020

Ideas taken from a variety of on-line resources!

COVID-19 has limited the number of ways we can celebrate Halloween this year, no parties, no dancing round bonfires - at least not where I live. Here are some ideas for covid-secure activities maybe?

Gather food for the winter (as in - make yourself a comforting tasty meal)

Wear a costume (even if you're home alone)

Decorate your home with items you can find or make.

Visit a graveyard and leave offerings (relatives if you have them would be perfect) - embrace mortality

Sit close to your fireplace if you have access to one to get rid of harmful influences, and burn incense, candles, or sage to cleanse and purify your home.

Listen to Halloween themed music (I found a good playlist on YouTube)

Meditate, reflect, and face your fears to prepare for the new year.

Take a nature walk - contemplate the circle of life - maybe gather things to bring home for decorations

Drink a cup of cider (mulled cider maybe) and toast the occasion: “Tonight is the first of three nights, on which we celebrate Samhain. It is the end of the harvest, the last days of summer, and the cold nights wait on the other side for us. The bounty of our labor, the abundance of the harvest, the success of the hunt, all lies before us. We thank the earth for all it has given us this season, and yet we look forward to winter, a time of sacred darkness.”


I'm thinking about how I can put together a meaningful event for myself. A nice root-vegetable soup with lentils I think. I think I will indulge in some mulled cider. I can lay an offering on a grave in my local graveyard. I can light candles. I can listen to themed music. I can sit by my fake fire and watch the fake flames. I can put on the fairy lights and be cosy with my red blanket and think about the absent ones. I might enjoy a soak in the bath with pine and patchouli oils. I can end the day with a spiced chai latte and, if it's safe to do so, a few moments outdoors looking at the sky.

Soul Cakes (recipe)


I am also being 'brave' and going to Spooky Tales at the local theatre on Thursday, 29th. And I found a perfect Hallowe'en stay-home entertainment for 31st on zoom!

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