We had a quiet Samhain this year.
On the 30th we all gutted and carved our pumpkins. Mine and Bill’s pumpkins were already starting to rot. We bought them the monday before, as that is our Town day. I kept them all in a nice cool dry spot, but like the fruit up here it goes bad with in a few days of getting it home. The produce that we get up here is horrible….that a rant for another time…
We got a good amount of big seeds to roast and enjoy. I let them dry for a few hours and then slathered them in olive oil and seasoned salt and put them in a 350* oven until golden brown. YUMMY!
Mine, Seren’s, Bill’s and Milena’s carved pumpkins.
All lit up and ready to scare away those negative energies…or make’m giggle.
Milena’s pumpkin looks like it is about to sneeze. My cute pumpkin with her star hair(stars wrap all the way around) is shining bright. Seren wanted to use a green glow stick in her Hazard symbol but it wasn’t bright enough. Bill is super proud of his Horny Toyota sign. hahaha! After supper we watched Hocus Pocus with Bill. As he would be working over Samhain night.
Miss Doom Kitty and Miss Sad Doom Witch
Costumes were and are always a last minute thing. Milena loves her kitty ears and we found the perfect shirt at the thrift store the week before. Seren wasn’t sure at first what she wanted to dressup as. I made her a book skirt and bodice out of old Encyclopedia books from my mom-in-love. I said it fit her perfect she is a walking Encyclopedia…haha! In the end she decided on the Sad Doom Witch outfit. No, I don’t dressup *shrug* I have never into the whole “Halloween” thing the way most people are. THis y
Samhain landed on Monday this year. That meant Seren volunteered at the library. She helped with the Haunted Room for preschoolers. Poor Milena was sad that there were no activities for her to join in. The community rec centre did a Halloween party on the prior Saturday…sigh…I didn’t get the notification about it and I hate when they put things on on a different day than the actual holiday. After we got the shopping and volunteering done we headed home so I could finish our family hangout stuff organized.
A little of our spread…
Some how my daughters convinced my Mennonite mom-in-love to join us for our Samhain celebrations. Unfortunately I felt very uncomfortable and so didn’t do a lot of what I was wanting to do. That’s okay though. It was nice to have her come and hang out with us.
I made Soul cakes and set a place for out ancestors. I made homemade pizza with all the fixings and a feta spinach one too(my fave). We ate pizza and pigged out on our favourite junk food in front of the computer and enjoyed Scooby-doo’s Creepiest Capers and Alvin and the Chipmunks Frankenstein. Bill was able to have pizza and watched an episode before he had to go for his nap before heading to work at 10pm.
My mom-in-love said she had a enjoyable time when she left at 9pm.
My Samahian altar.
On Facebook, Sunbow Pendragon holds Candle lighting events each Sabbat. I joined in…I always set up an altar and light a candle. I only got part way on my altar this year. I never got to my ancestors and lost relative photos. I said a silent prayer.
When I was alone after everyone left and went to bed…I lit my other candles and incense and meditated. My witchy work was done during my time in the kitchen and my thoughts of love and sadness of those who are no longer alive.
During schoolwork the girls learned about the True story of Samhain/Halloween. They watched a documentary by the History channel and a couple little videos on Youtube. I found a lapbook on the Afterlife by Little Pagan Acrons http://www.littlepaganacorns.com/ and spoke about my belief of what the holiday means to me.
There you have it…my Samhain celebrations. I hope your celebrations were full of love and good cheer.