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Posted by sirensays on October 24, 2009


Beware! Halloween is coming!

Beware! Halloween is coming!

Do you like Halloween? The decorations, the excitement in the air, no pretense of it being the season of giving, no need to make resolutions or give anything up? Do you love the kids’ stories, the scary films, the selection of candy, deciding on a costume, what events to attend? Do you carve pumpkins or leave them whole?

Candy Corn

Candy Corn

Do you have kids and therefore have to help them with costumes, take them to parties, trick-or-treating or school events? Well, I love almost everything about Halloween, from the books for kids to homemade-rather-than-store bought costumes, seeing peoples’ yards decorated and deciding what I am going to do during this season.

I understand that most of us Neo-Pagans call it Samhain, which is generally a more somber time of honoring our ancestors. In some ways, it’s like Dia de los Muertos, with the emphasis on our beloved dead. I prefer to celebrate both. I don’t like to lecture non-Pagans about it really being Samhain, because for them, it’s not. It’s Halloween. Not everyone welcomes repackaged information from the days of old being shoved down their throats. I am used to celebrating both, in a manner of speaking, after being raised Catholic and obseving All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day as well as Halloween. It makes sense that those who feel a desire to connect this time of the year to religious or spiritual beliefs can do so and that those who don’t have that connection can celebrate the darkening of the year, this time of acknowledging the underworld and our shadow selves.

Black Cat Handbag, from Archie McPhee

Black Cat Handbag, from Archie McPhee

Decorations and costumes to be ugly or scary, precious or lovely. We can connect with our shadow selves in a commercial way or in a manner that is deeply personal and reflective. We can honor our dead while celebrating being alive with parties, treats, companionship and costumes. While we can read about ghosts, goblins, ghouls and other-worldly creatures, black cats, werewolves and vampires year round, during the season of Halloween they are our honored guests who receive extra consideration. Enjoy!

Boo!

Boo!

You Go Ghoul!

You Go Ghoul!



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