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As a witch, how do you celebrate Samhain/Halloween?

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This will be my first Samhain/Halloween officially as a witch. My question is in the title...As a witch, how do you, or do not, celebrate Halloween/Samhain/festival of the dark?

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I currently don't do anything, really. I'm in Australia, so here, it's celebrated in Spring, which really grates on me. They just copy what the Americans do. If my kids are invited to a halloween party, I'd definitely let them get dressed up and go to the party, but I don't let them trick or treat. I'd love to actually do something in Autumn, as it's supposed to be celebrated, but I haven't got there, yet. I'll be following this thread with interest.

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I currently don't do anything, really. I'm in Australia, so here, it's celebrated in Spring, which really grates on me. They just copy what the Americans do. If my kids are invited to a halloween party, I'd definitely let them get dressed up and go to the party, but I don't let them trick or treat. I'd love to actually do something in Autumn, as it's supposed to be celebrated, but I haven't got there, yet. I'll be following this thread with interest.

Interesting that the "end of summer" "festival of the last harvest/ darker months" would be celebrated in the spring down there, but I guess that's commercialism for you.

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Watching with interest here too as last year was the first year I really looked into Samhain. Halloween has always been celebrated in Ireland (we exported it to America :D). Traditionally here it was more of a family festival - ducking for apples, carving a turnip lantern, finding the coin in the barmbrack - although there were fireworks too. So even though we might not have been venerating ancestors, there was always a mixture of the solemn and the playful. It was a drawing in time spent with families and neighbours.

 

It is different now. It's more American which can be good fun for the kids but I do feel like some of that quietness has been lost. I will probably put some photos up of loved ones who've departed and light some candles, make some offerings. Maybe meditate or make a journey and ask for any guidance they have to give me.

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Secular Halloween is costume and trick or treat. Spiritual is a dumb supper, divination, offerings, card readings online.

I think I'm going to do a "dumb supper" even though I think it should be renamed as something more reflective of what it is.

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Interesting that the "end of summer" "festival of the last harvest/ darker months" would be celebrated in the spring down there, but I guess that's commercialism for you.

 

Nailed it. There's no soul in it.

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I don't celebrate them. Halloween isn't a thing in my country, and Samhain isn't a thing in my religion, so neither one is relevant to me. The only thing I'll be celebrating is my mother's birthday. Dinner and chocolate cake!

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In years passed, I've done the dumb supper for my parents, assembled a special ancestor shrine, done pumpkin carving & seed drying, and i have an established history of cursed pumpkin pie baking disasters. It varies. 15 years ago at Halloween, a caretaker at the cemetery where i was working nearly mowed over a tiny black kitten and brought her to me at the office. Naturally I took her home :D She likes ham for Her day. If I do a full ritual, it's likely to be at Samhain and Beltain and include the symbolic/solitaire Great Rite blessing. And I have multiple skulls & ouija boards, etc. (well, they're part of daily decor), & consume chocolate as a divine mission.

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I generally spend the holiday quietly in meditation, contemplation, and doing divination.  And eating spice cakes.  And drinking chai tea.  

 

This year, since I have lost three family members and my oldest kitty, I may need to do some grieving as well.  

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halloween was always me and my mom's holiday. I have pretty normal halloweens, go to parties and the like, horror movie marathons when I get home. Love picking up home decor and clothes this time of year though.

 

spiritually, i usually either visit the graves for some ancestor worship or check up on the local plants.

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Secular Halloween is costume and trick or treat. Spiritual is a dumb supper, divination, offerings, card readings online.

Halloween lacked a captivating quality or meaningfulness to me before I began practicing. So I’d really like to try these things out to give the holiday meaning. I’ve read that the Norse celebrated it as “The Winter Nights” and was several days long, and at about the same time as Halloween/Dia De Los Muertos if I’m remembering correctly.

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Years ago we would celebrate with a bonfire we would light just before midnight so we would finish our mainstream Halloween activities before then.

 

At the fire we would drink home made wine, eat, sing, and anything else that came to mind.  As the fire dwindled we would find ourselves gazing into it as a form of scrying and meditation.

 

When the fire had gone out, some of the ashes would be saved for various purposes and the rest scattered to the 4 winds.

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Baltic people are saving ashes from Summer Solstice fire. It is a very useful thing. 

 

I hadn't thought about doing that!  I do save the ashes from the Yule log on Winter Solstice, but had never thought about saving them from the summer bonfire.  I will start doing that next year.  

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