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The fields are bare, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the skies are going gray and cold. It is the time of year when the earth has died and gone dormant. Every year on October 31 (or May 1, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) the Sabbat we call Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth. For many Pagan traditions, Samhain is a time to reconnect with our ancestors, and honor those who have died. This is the time when the veil between our world and the spirit realm is thin, so it’s the perfect time of year to make contact with the dead. You may want to take a moment to read up on:
Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Samhain, but typically the focus is on either honoring our ancestors, or the cycle of death and rebirth. This is the time of year when the gardens and fields are brown and dead. The nights are getting longer, there’s a chill in the air, and winter is looming. We may choose to honor our ancestors, celebrating those who have died, and even try to communicate with them. Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying for Samhain — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.
- Ritual to Honor the Forgotten Dead
- Samhain Rite to Honor the Animals
- Simple Ancestor Ritual for Families with Children
- Samhain Ceremony to Honor the Ancestors
- God and Goddess Ritual for Samhain
- Celebrate the Cycle of Life and Death
- Plan a Samhain Cemetery Visit
- Samhain Ancestor Meditation
- Decorating Your Altar for Samhain
- Samhain Altar Photo Gallery
- Share Your Altar Photo
For many Pagans, Samhain is a time to do magic that focuses on the spirit world. Learn how to properly conduct a seance, how to do some Samhain divination workings, and the way to figure out what a spirit guide is really up to!
- Samhain Divination
- How to Hold a Seance
- 4 Types of Spirit Guides
- How Do I Find My Spirit Guide?
- Spirit Guide Warning Signs
- Getting Rid of Unwanted Entities
- Ghosts, Poltergeists and Hauntings
- Pagans and Death
- Should I Use a Ouija Board?
- Hold a Dumb Supper: Feasting with the Dead
- Make a Scrying Mirror
- How to Make a Witch Bottle
- The Magic of the Samhain Needfire
Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of the late harvest? Find out why Samhain is important, learn why black cats are considered unlucky, how trick-or-treating became so popular and more!
- Bat Magic and Legends
- Black Cats
- Cailleach Bheur, the Hag
- Caring for Our Dead
- Chrysanthemum Folklore & Magic
- Death and Dying by guest author Ray Buckland
- Deities of Death
- Magical, Mysterious Spiders
- Mexico’s Day of the Dead
- Jack o’Lanterns
- Nut Crack Night
- Owl Folklore and Legends
- Reader FAQ: Pagans and Halloween
- Are Green-Skinned Witch Decorations Offensive?
- Samhain Superstitions
- Tricks or Treats?
- Where Are All the Vampires?
- Woolly Bear Caterpillars & Winter Weather Forecasts
- 9 Spooky Poems for Samhain
- The 12 Days of Samhain Song
As Samhain approaches, decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with these fun and simple ideas that honor the final harvest, and the cycle of life and death.
- 5 Easy Samhain Decorations
- Samhain Spirit Incense
- Set up an Ancestor Shrine
- Make an Ancestor Altar Cloth
- Make Your Own Headstones
- Make a Group of Ghosties
- Make a Grave Rubbing
- The Samhain Straw Man
- Make an Apple Garland
- Make a Kitchen Witch Craft Project
- Pumpkin Candles
- Samhain Skull Garland
- Silver Bell Branch
- Painted Pentacle Pumpkins
- Make a Samhain Terrarium Jar
No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. At Samhain, celebrate with foods that celebrate the final harvest, and the death of the fields.
- Make Soul Cakes for Samhain
- Ghost Poop
- Orange Creamsicle Fudge
- Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
- The Banshee: Mulled Wine for Halloween
- Black Cat Cookies
- Candy Corn Fudge
- Butternut Squash with Apple Casserole
- Jack O’Lantern Quesedillas