Today is a highly charged date on the magickal and spiritual fronts. As the final day of this month, April 30th is as close as we come to the six-month mark, when measured from the end of one month to the next, until Samhain’s + Halloween’s return on October 31st.
In addition, April 30th is Beltane Eve. This is the day that immediately proceeds the last and final spring sabbat, lighting the path for the radiant energy, vibrancy, vitality, passion and beauty of this sacred occurrence. Which, much like Samhain, also experiences a poignant thinning of the veil between the worlds.
It is important to note that those who reside in the Southern Hemisphere and observe the sabbats in keeping with the seasons of their own countries, not those north of the equator, may choose to celebrate Samhain today or tomorrow.
The fact that Beltane and Samhain happen in unison twice a year lends tremendous potency, spiritual meaning, magickal properties, interworldly qualities, and good boundness strength to both.
And to complete the hat trick of wonderfulness that the final day of April houses, it is also Walpurgis Night. I shared a book review on the subject and spoke about Walpurgis Night last year on my Instagram account, and plan to delve into the topic of this fascinating European observance in greater detail here in the future.
Today, however, with a mere six months to go until my favourite and most spiritually meaningful day of the entire calendar returns, I want to share 31 ways to celebrate Halloween all year long with all of you.
Yep, you guessed it. The thirty-one here honours the number of days that October houses. 🎃
Some of these entries are more Pagan/witchy related than others. However, these festive ideas are intended for a broad audience and one does not have to be a Pagan, witch, Wiccan, Druid, etc to avail of these All Hallows’ Eve inspired ideas.
October 31st is for everyone and so is this frighteningly fun list!
31 ways to celebrate Halloween all year long
1. Create a Halloween song playlist or update your existing one. Listen to it anytime the mood for hair raising Halloween merriment arises. Bonus points if you include Donovan’s classic, Season of the Witch.
2. Make any type of Halloween or Samhain themed craft your heart desires. Knit a scarf covered in pumpkins, whip up a Halloween card to give to someone you care about, create a Halloween themed quilt, paint rocks with Halloween themed imagery (bats, toads, spiders, ghosts, a crescent or full moon, etc), sew a Halloween themed garment or your own ritual cloak, crochet a fall leaf patterned table runner, whip up a Halloween or Samhain wreath – the sky, and your own imagination, are the limit!
3. Go on a Halloween or Samhain related holiday. The world is rich in locations that whether through historically significant events, pop culture (movies, TV shows, books, etc), or both, have strong ties to Halloween and/or Paganism and witchcraft.
From Salem, MA to Ireland (where the roots of many of today’s Halloween and Samhain traditions can be traced), Sleepy Hollow, NY to, Transylvania, Romania, satisfy your wanderlust and your Halloween lust, or honour your spiritual path, with an exciting trip to a destination that you immediately equate with October 31st.
4. Host a dumb supper. While most commonly associated with October and Samhain, dumb (or silent) suppers (which I wrote about in a 2018 guest post for The Witch of Lupine Hollow, entitled Honouring Your Ancestors with a Samhain Dumb Supper) can be held at any point in the year. Apply the same principles and reverence that you would to your Samhain dumb supper.
I’m especially fond of holding them on Beltane as well, which is opposite to Samhain on the Wheel of the Year. Beltane is another important liminal point in the year when the veil between the worlds thins, making it an excellent time to host such an event.
5. Create a scrapbook, mini album, journal, grimoire or other dedicated notebook devoted just to Halloween/Samhain (or fall time as a whole) and add to it throughout the year. Document older, newer, and future Halloween happenings, plans and ideas, or anything else that you’d like.
6. Use scented candles, essential oils, incense (sticks, cones, blends), potpourri, reed diffusers, wax melts and other beautiful smelling products in fall scents any time you find yourself longing to connect with autumn again.
Cinnamon and other warm spices, apples, pears, pumpkin, caramel, crackling fires, damp leaves, vanilla, star anise and licorice, butterscotch, pumpkin spice latte, and toasted marshmallow are just some Halloween evocative scents that you may enjoy.
7. Purchase or work with an existing deck of Halloween or Samhain themed tarot or oracle cards.
Optionally, do a reading relating to some aspect of October 31st. Keep a record of what cards you drew and consider placing those cards on your next Samhain altar.
The following are but a few of the many decks of tarot and oracle cards that suit October 31st especially well, given the themes they encompass.
–Ghost Tarot by Davide Corsi
–Madam Lydia Wilhelmina’s Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre & Autumn Scenes by Madam Lydia
–Murder of Crows Tarot by Corrado Roi and Charles Harrington
–Seasons of the Witch Samhain Oracle Deck by Lorriane Anderson and Juliet Diaz
–The Gothic Tarot by Jospeh Vargo
–The Halloween Oracle: Lifting the Veil between the Worlds Every Night by Stacey Demarco and Jimmy Manton
–The Halloween Tarot by Kipling West and Karin Lee
–The Tarot of Vampyres by Ian Daniels
–The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead by Paul Kepple and Stacey Graham
–Witches Tarot by Ellan Dugan
8. Test drive recipes for Halloween or Samhain. You know all those Halloween recipes you’ve been saving on Pinterest for years now? Why not whip up a few throughout the other eleven months of the year?
That way, you’ll likely know which are winners, which might need some tweaking, and which ones are seriously scary – but not in a good Halloween kind of way. LOL!
9. Follow Halloween and/or Samhain focused social media and YouTube accounts (ditto for blogs and podcasts).
Awesomely, there are many other people out there who cannot get enough of all things Halloween as well, some of who devote who social media accounts (Instagram very much included), podcasts, YouTube channels, blogs and websites just to Halloween time.
Why not show these kindred spirits some love and follow their accounts?
10. Colour in a Halloween, Samhain or fall themed adult colouring book. Halloween Adult Coloring Book, Little Witches Adult Coloring Book, Autumn Dreamlings: A Beautiful Fall Coloring Book, The Nightmare Before Christmas Coloring Book, Misfits A Halloween Coloring Book for Adults and Spooky Children, Llewellyn’s Witch’s Coloring Book, and Creative Haven Autumn Scenes Coloring Book are a few especially delightful options.
If you colour a page that you especially adore, consider framing it (or a high-quality colour photocopy of it) to put on your wall as a beautiful reminder all year long of both Halloween and your own creativity.
11. Go reverse trick-or-treating. Now granted, especially in this day and age, this activity generally works best if you already know and are on good terms with your neighbours. That said, it could also be a fun ice breaker if you haven’t met them yet!
Instead of you (and your kiddos, if applicable) going door-to-door asking for treats, when reverse trick-or-treating, you dress up and hand out free candy or other goodies to your neighbours.
With advance permission and planning, this can also be a really fun and meaningful thing to do at places such as daycare centres, youth centers, and senior living communities.
(Important note: this – and all other ideas on this list that involve public places and/or spending time with people outside of those you currently live with – are shared in preparation for a post-Covid-19 world, when and where social distancing is no longer vitally necessary and it once again safe to freely interact with others.)
12. Stock up on seasonal décor in the offseason. While – much to the chagrin of Halloween and Samhain fans everywhere – relatively few shops carry Halloween merchandise all year, there are still some great shopping options to be had for the October 31st minded crowd.
Check thrift shops, vintage stores, yard sales, flea markets, discount and dollar stores, and craft stores for Halloween items throughout the year.
And take advantage of sales and good deals on products that you know you’re apt to use/need come October 31st.
Think tea lights and other candles, glow sticks, balloons, streamers, table linens and tableware in festively appropriate colours, supplies to make Halloween/Samhain crafts (and altars) with, foods with long shelf lives that you’ll use come next October, plus Halloween costume and makeup supplies.
13. Save past Halloween memories while you still can! As much as we currently live in a digital era, there was a time not that long ago in our collective past when people documented memories with film cameras and videorecorders.
If you, or a loved one, has Halloween pictures or videos sitting around gathering dust (or, worst, detreating due to age, storage conditions, the materials involved, etc), consider scanning or converting them to digital form and then backing them up in the Cloud or another safe long-term online storage solution.
14. Learn more about a god or goddess with strong ties to the harvest season or the dead/underworld. From time immemorial, humans have honoured and worked with deity in relation to both the annual crop harvest and to, almost certainly further back in time still, the acts of death, dying, and the afterlife.
Consider doing a seeking ritual and asking to be connected with one or more such deities, or select one that you already feel pulled towards and research more about them.
You may wish to create an altar for this god/goddess or involving them in your existing altar. If you feel a strong enough connection, you may even consider making them your patron god or goddess, if doing so aligns with your personal beliefs.
15. Record your own Halloween memories and feelings for posterity. Whether on video, voice recorder, photo, or paper, make a point of documenting – and then safely preserving – some of your most meaningful Halloween memories.
Touch on how you feel about October 31st, what some of your favourite traditions (and recipes) for Halloween and/or Samhain are, what this day means to you spiritually, and any other information that you’d like future generations to know about your connection to All Hallows’ Eve.
16. Send a surprise parcel or happy mail package to a fellow Halloween fan. Got a BFF, college roommate, second cousin, online pal or another person in your life who is just as gung-ho about October 31st as you are?
If so, why not put together a surprise parcel of Halloween related items and sending it off to them as a touching “thinking of you” present out of the blue.
It’s sure to make their week – and who knows, they might just surprise you and do the same in return one day.
17. Start making your Halloween and Samhain cards. Much as some crafters begin working on their Christmas season greetings weeks or months in advance of late December, so too can Halloween fuelled folks also get a jump start on our October 31st greetings well in advance.
If you create just one Halloween card per month all year long, you’ll have a dozen personalized greetings to send out or hand-deliver come October.
Not the handmade card making type? Fear not! Stock up on Halloween greeting cards (which are often discounted by then) shortly after October 31st, or purchase them online at other times in the year.
Take a few minutes here and there each month to fill a few out ahead of next All Hallows’ Eve and you’ll likely be all set to go on the greeting card front when fall time returns.
18. Plan and purchase/make your next Halloween costume. It’s never too early to start dreaming up your next fabulous All Hallows’ Eve ensemble!
Not big on the whole costume thing? No worries! Why not come up with a festive outfit or Samhain honouring look that feels right to you for October 31st?
And on the subject of buying Halloween related things, please consider supporting as many small and independent Halloween and Samhain product brands as you can all year long.
Whether it’s gifted artists to amazing makeup creators to those selling fall specific Pagan products, shopping from such sources helps to ensure these folks can stay in business and supply us with the kinds of offerings that make our Halloween loving hearts skip many a beat.
19. Go on a ghost walk or official tour of a haunted location, famous cemetery, or another type of spooky setting.
It might surprise you (or, if you’re reading this list, maybe it doesn’t! 😃) to learn that a lot of places around the world hold these kinds of events either year-round or at certain points on the calendar.
Check online and at your local library for information about events like this nearby and make a point of seeking them out when you travel further afield. (Likewise for museum and art gallery exhibits that pertain to spooky or macabre subject matter.)
20. Signup for a Halloween subscription box. Be it spooky, cutesy, kooky, or bone-chilling, there’s no shortage of Halloween themed subscription boxes on the market these days and chances are, you can find at least one that’s right up your (Halloween) alley.
Spooky Little Halloween’s list of Subscription Boxes for Halloween Lovers and Cratejoy’s 8 Super Creepy Halloween Subscription Boxes are handy jumping-off points if you’re looking for boxes of this nature.
And year-round, I’m a huge fan of Spooky Box Club, whose cute meets spooks meets goth meets witchy aesthetic and offerings never fail to make me swoon.
21. Research and honour your ancestry. Whether you have decades of in-depth genealogy research under your belt, known the bare minimum about your family tree, or anywhere in between, consider honouring your family by learning more about the people whose own lives lead to your own.
Ancestor work and veneration are common practises at Mabon and, especially, Samhain (as well as holidays such as The Day of the Dead).
This important aspect of one’s life need not be limited to fall time, however. Our ancestors are with us and around us always, and they greatly appreciate being acknowledged and remembered (including via dedicated ancestor altars).
If, for any reason, you do not have/cannot find out much information about your own ancestry (closed adoptions, for example), consider researching the history of your country, the genealogy of the people who raised you, or the family tree of someone you respect deeply instead.
21. Hold a bonfire. Assuming it is safe and legal for you to do so where you live (or in a public setting, such as at a beach), and the weather is playing nice, why not gather together with a few friends, relatives, or coven members and hold a bonfire?
This ancient form of communal gathering can be warming both literally and figuratively, and while also being a deeply spiritual activity at times, too.
On that front, you may consider gazing into the flames and doing some pyromancy, working with the (cooled) ashes afterwards to engage in spodomancy, or otherwise utilizing the fire as part of your magickal workings.
23. Begin a Halloween savings jar. While one can very easily and effectively celebrate both Halloween and Samhain without spending much, or even anything at all, many of us do enjoy splashing out a bit on festive items come the spooky season (especially if we use Halloween and fall items as part of our year-round home décor).
Use a jar or other suitable container (or an actual savings account through your bank) – a pumpkin-shaped coin bank would be an especially suitable choice – and add a few dollars or more, as your budget permits, to it each month.
If you put aside the cost of just one fancy coffee shop pumpkin spice latte per week all year long, just think of all the awesome Halloween items you could purchase or the fun festive events you could buy tickets for come next October!
24. Read a Halloween themed book (or some Halloween poetry). Things that go bump in the night, make our hair stand on end, or are just plan festively silly and fun have been popular literary themes for quite some time now.
Today’s book market abounds with reads are that either straight up Halloween themed, or which fit the spooky bill perfectly. Dive headfirst into one any time you want to conjure up the spirit of October 31st.
25. Have a Halloween movie night. Turn down the lights, bust out the (caramel) popcorn, and curl up for an evening of binge watching at least two or three of your favourite Halloween movies (Halloween themed TV episodes are totally allowed, too).
Whether you flip for Halloweentown, can’t get enough of Hocus Pocus, adore the Addams Family, feel festive just thinking about The Nightmare Before Christmas, or always have Ghostbusters on your speed dial, now is the time to delight in your fave Halloween films weeks or months before October returns.
26. Stop by a local costume shop. Even in this age of online costume buying options galore and a slew of Halloween popup stores that spring to life each autumn, thankfully, many cities (and some smaller towns, too) still have costume shops.
The best way to ensure that they stay in your area is to give them your business, so why not stop in and purchase an item or two to use come next October 31st?
27. Include Halloween or Samhain perfect fruits, vegetables and herbs in your garden. This one usually involves a bit of advance planning, an existing garden or room to start one (or room for container gardening, if a patch of earth is not available), and the supplies required. Once those things are lined up, you should be good to go.
There’s no shortage of beautiful decorative, edible and medicinal plants that are associated with Halloween and Samhain.
Pumpkins and squash, turnips (and root vegetables in general), blackberries, apples, pears, rosemary, sage, and corn are but a few possible edible delights that you could grow in your garden and potentially harvest come the end of summer/early weeks of autumn.
28. Host a Halloween decoration and/or costume swap. Ask friends, relatives, coven members, coworkers, classmates, anyone you think would be keen to join in to gather up some gently used Halloween items or costumes that they no longer wish to keep and get everyone together to swap their items for other peoples’ at the event.
You could make the event even more festive by inviting participants to dress up as though it were October 31st, offer spooky eats, play Halloween music or movies in the background, and even deck out your house in your favourite Halloween décor.
If any items are leftover at the end of the event, donate them to a local charity, children’s association, theatre club, Guide or Scout troop, or another type of group that would be happy to put them to good use.
29. Visit a cemetery. Big or small, older or newer, most towns and just about every larger city has at least one burial ground for the local dead.
Take time to pay your respects to the departed by visiting one or more cemeteries in your area. Consider bringing along an appropriate, environmentally friendly offering to leave as thanks to the sacred ground beneath your feet and to the spirits of those interred in (or above) it.
If you feel comfortable doing so, consider engaging in a magickal working, spirit work, divination, meditation, or other spiritually focused activity while at the cemetery.
And if snow is on the ground when you visit, perhaps a spot of graveyard snow magick is in order.
30. Share your Halloween pride! Gone are the days when us Halloween lovers had to keep our unending passion for October 31st to ourselves (and perhaps our closest loved ones) until autumn began again.
Thanks to the internet and modern technology, there is a vast world for Halloween fans out there that you can connect with day or night.
From Halloween forums to Instagram, YouTube to Facebook groups, if you wish to do so, you can post about your own adoration for Halloween/Samhain all year through – and interact with others who are doing the same – thanks to the power of the interwebs.
31. Keep at least one Halloween or Samhain decoration out all year long. While some people have the desire, and are able to, decorate their house in a Halloween/spooky/goth/witchy/similar at all times, others may prefer – or need – to keep things more on the down low, at least until fall returns.
It is usually possible to keep one or more Halloween or Samhain related items out all year though, especially if they blend in well with your current décor or if you put them on your altar.
Some examples could include a favourite fall scented candle, a cute little witch figurine, a mini cast iron cauldron, a besom hung on a wall or placed on your altar, a poster of a beloved Halloween movie, photos of yourself and/or loved ones celebrating Halloween, handmade Halloween craft projects (or those gifted to you), or items in classic Halloween related animal themes, such as bats, spiders, toads, black cats, owls, ravens and crows.
This item can then become a poignant connection to October 31st for you all through the year.
This selection is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ways that you can celebrate and keep the spirit of Halloween and/or Samhain alive and well in your life all year long.
There is a truly special energy, atmosphere, beauty and reverence to October 31st.
Just as it can be a time of lighthearted enjoyment, playful mischief and sweet treats as far as the eye can see.
I believe that those individuals with an especially strong connection to Halloween are blessed to be this way. The mid-autumn energy and thinning of the veil that accompanies the season of October 31st resonate with our hearts and souls, magickal workings and spiritual paths.
We help to keep the season going extra strong, are the designated “Halloween fantastic” in our circles, and ensure that hashtags like #Halloween365 and #everydayisHalloween never want for inspiring new content.
What are some of your own favourite ways to celebrate Halloween and Samhain throughout the year? Please share them below – who knows, they might just land in a second post of this nature one day.
PS: This might go without saying, but you can of course, do any of these things that you wish when fall returns and it’s time to celebrate Halloween and Samhain during their home season. 😊
You’re such a fountain of information! And since Halloween is my favorite holiday, I’m consuming this post like… Halloween candy. 🙂
That’s awesome, my fellow Halloween adoring friend. Thank you so much! 🙏
As you may recall from my previous (vintage) blog, Halloween (and fall in general) is a subject that I can gleefully chat about until the cows (or would that be the bats? 😊) come home, so this is likely to be just one of many entries on the subject that will appear here as time goes on.
Happiest countdown to our very favourite holiday! 🎃
Your photographs are so beautiful! I love that cat in one of the last photos! Your card is fabulous and I love how you made a shaker with tulle. I really want to try that. Hugs!
Thank you immensely, sweet Angie. 🙏
It touches my heart to know that you enjoy my photos. I post year-round on Instagram, but tend to up my post count all the more come the radiantly lovely days of fall, so I was able to pull on some of my favourites that I’ve shared there (and a couple that have never been posted online before) for this October 31st themed entry.
I can hardly wait to take new fall + Halloween pics again this year. It’s one of my favourite aspects of the season (especially because some of them get to end up as scrapbook pages! 😊).
I really adore tulle shaker cards as well. They often have a certain wonderful, subtle sense of mystery to them (as the contents are a bit more veiled/obscured than with, say, something like clear acetate) that lends itself marvellously to Halloween makes. I follow your site (in Bloglovin’) and look forward to seeing any tulle shaker you may share with us there.
Many hugs & the happy countdown to Halloween wishes,
So many amazing ideas to celebrate and honor this special season all year long. I, for one, love knowing that the magical month of October is only 6 months away!!!
Great post, Autumn 🍂 🎃👻
Thank you so much, lovely Debi. That’s awesome! Knowing that October is now closer to us than further away is filling my heart, soul, and mind with what can only be called an OTT amount of elation – which, goodness knows is all the more welcome this year.
I have oodles of plans for posts (blog and IG alike) for this fall, and while I know + accept that our beloved season of crispy leaves and grinning pumpkins might not play out entirely like normal, do hope that we’re still able to have a fun-filled, immensely lovely fall time all the same.
Happiest Halloween season countdown, my dear friend! 🎃
Fantastic post. I added a link to this post on my blog, on my Celtic/Druid pages/tab.
I realized too late that today is Beltane. I like to try to make artwork for the four holidays, but I usually end up only remembering Samhain (Halloween & Dia de Muertos), which is my favorite!
Do you have a blogspot type address, or just this website address? I want to add your website link to the blogger list on my blog, but without a blogspot link, I’ll have to add it to my other list (which doesn’t show a thumbnail for the latest post).
Hi Anne, thank you very much for your lovely comment and for including mention of this post on your blog. I sincerely appreciate. At present, I’m just blogging here on WordPress (sorry that I don’t have a Blogger URL to share with you as well).
That’s okay! Goodness knows that most of us have a great deal on our minds right now – and even if we didn’t, there’s certainly no law that says one has to remember (let alone) celebrate the sabbats. I think it’s important that they never feel forced or like a must in our lives, but rather something that we joyfully engage with in the ways that feel truest to our hearts each year.
Thank you again very much. May you have a radiantly blessed and beautiful Beltane season.
What a wonderful array of creative ways to keep the Halloween spirit going throughout the year. I know this is a subject very close to your heart, in which case it would be a shame to just limit Halloween to one day, wouldn’t it. The photographs in your post are always atmospheric, and I’m especially love the one of the dumb/silent supper, which is a subject completely new to me! xxx
Thank you immensely, sweet Ann. It means so much to me that you remember how near and dear fall and Halloween/Samhain both are to my heart.
Your support of my photos (all taken with my humble iPhone 7) is also hugely supportive and heart-touching.
Unlike my previous (vintage) blog, where naturally I leaned heavily on actual yesteryear images (and photos of myself that were taken by Tony), thus far I’ve been trying my best to use as many images that I myself take for my posts here.
I’m not certainly opposed to using other peoples’ fair use and public domain images (with credit given, naturally), but rather like the challenge of trying to come up with at least one suitable image of my own creation for a good many of my entries here. It isn’t always a cinch – especially now that we’re in isolation, but so far I’m getting by and when it come to fall and Halloween, thankfully I have quite a few faves from recent years that I can dip into if and when needed. 😊
Thank you again wholeheartedly, my beautiful friend. 🧡
All your beautiful Hallowe’en photos have made me long for fall already … and spring hasn’t even really arrived yet!
I’ve been thinking of you all week, as I finally brought out my stamps and inks to make a card and wrapping paper for the granddaughter’s birthday, since I can’t just go out and buy any! I’d forgotten just how much I enjoyed that hobby and now (of course) I need to replenish some of those old dried-up ink pads with some new colours. How exciting is that!
So thank you for rekindling an old favourite and for also starting a new tradition in our household – every year it will be a handmade card and matching wrap! Although next time I plan to be slightly better prepared and won’t have to use the packing paper that came in a spice order for the giftwrap. lol
Sweet Lynne, I wish you could see the gigantic smile that your heart-touching comment brought my way. If smiles could send out actual light into the world, I have no doubt that you’d be able to do just that all the way across the Rockies.
You are truly welcome. Thank you deeply in turn for your incredible support, kindness, and long-time friendship. These are not things I take lightly or for granted in the slightest, and it means a great deal to me that we’ve remained in contact over the course of several years now.
It’s absolutely awesome that you’ve been delving into paper crafting again and that a beautiful and meaningful new tradition has emerged in the process. If you’d ever like to share photos or videos of your gorgeous cards and wrapping papers with me, please don’t hesitate to do so. I’d be honoured to see them.
Thank you again immensely. May you have a super safe, enchantingly lovely next few months as we inch ever closer to our beloved fall time.
So many ideas, so little time!! I have definitely felt the shift here in the Southern Hemisphere as we moved through our samhain, including the urge – which I fulfilled – of fashioning pentagram, a witches broom and making a special bush altar in the part of our property that has a special vibration to me…. it’s also interesting that I have had a number of very vivid dreams of my long dead parents as the veil between the worlds thinned.
I appreciate learning more about Wiccan ways and not only love what you do here on this page, Autumn, but am extremely grateful for it!
Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge and enthusiasm for the way of being!
Hello wonderfully kind Donna, thank you very much for your beautiful comment and for sharing some of the recent ways that you personally heightened your own connection to both nature and the other side of the veil.
It is extraordinary how vivid our dreams can become liminal periods of the year (some may even go so far as to be lucid). I would imagine it must be an extremely profound experience to have vivid dreams about your parents who have passed over. I hope that the experience is a positive, tranquil one for you.
I’m sincerely touched to know that you not only enjoyed this post, but that you derive positives from my posts in general. Knowing that is incredibly encouraging to me.
If there’s anything in particular that you’d ever be keen to see a post about here, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I adore suggestions for future entries – and all the more so when they come from lovely friends like yourself.
May you have an extremely safe, absolutely beautiful and abundantly blessed autumn (it’s my favourite season, so I’ll be celebrating it in spirit with you from up here in the woodsy wilds of Canada).
I do tend to hold on to Halloween year round, it resonates with me. I am quite a paradox of things tho’, and it often mystifies people the things I gravitate to. I’m glad I discovered your site via a Blog Friend.
Hello my fellow All Hallows’ Eve adoring soul, thank you very much for your comment and for sharing that you discovered my blog via a friend’s own site.
As Witchcrafted Life is but a few months old at this point (it was launched on January 1, 2020), I am all the more intrigued to know how my readers come to discover this site’s existence.
It is a pleasure to connect with you here. I hope that your month is going as positively as is realistically possible during these globally challenging times and that you have a safe, sunny and very lovely remainder of May.
Great post, I love Hallowe’en/Samhain! I always used to enjoy it as a child before I got into magic/paganism as well. Have pinned this on Pinterest to refer to. 🙂
Thank you so much, lovely Zania. I sincerely appreciate your 🧡 towards this Halloween/Samhain post – just as I do that you shared with me that you’re a fellow Pagan.
I’ve just popped over to your blog and had a delightful time lapped up several enjoyable posts.
I hope that your week is off to a terrific start and that you have a safe, sunny and very pleasant May-into-June.
Hi Autumn, thanks very much for checking out my blog and leaving a comment there! I’ve been enjoying looking through your posts too. 🙂 I discovered your blog through your comment on the Penniless Pagan Beltane post. (I enjoy reading comments and it’s also a good way to discover new sites!). I also remember I liked reading your guest posts on The Witch of Lupine Hollow.
Thank you, my week is going fine and the weather is warming up here, which is nice. Hope you’re having a great week and wishing you a lovely transition into June too. <3
You’re sincerely welcome. It’s a pleasure to connect with you! 🧡
Thank you very much for not only letting me know how you discovered my blog, but that you read my guest posts over at TWOLH. I appreciate both things a great deal.
I’m exactly the same way regarding delighting in discovering new-to-me blogs via comments left on other sites.
While this blog itself is but a few months old (and is the first I’ve created pertaining to witchery), I’ve been running various websites and blogs own since 2004.
Historically that method of connecting with others in the community was a central way to grow one’s following, find new sites you liked, and feel all the more connected to the blogging tribe, so to speak, within one’s own niche.
These days, I see far fewer bloggers leaving comments on other peoples’ sites (and responding to those left on their own blogs).
I know firsthand that doing can take a fair bit of time and energy, and that many of us are now heavily involved in social media as well, but to my mind, this aspect of blogging is a time-honoured, meaningful, and enjoyable one that shouldn’t go the way of the dinosaur.
I have zero plans to give it up and will always strive to reply to every blog comment that I receive, returning the kindness with a visit of my own if the commenter also has an active blog.
All that to say, again, thank you SO MUCH for visiting and commenting here. 😘
Eeek! I love this list and all your pictures. I’m going to have to check out the tarot decks you listed. I just bought a new one based on Pride and Prejudice, but I think a more gothic one is in order as well!
Thank you SO much, my fellow October 31st adoring friend! I don’t (yet? 😄) own all of the decks listed, but do have the Seasons of the Witch and truly love it.
Only Terri Foss’s Earthly Souls and Spirits oracle deck comes close to getting used as often as SOTW does amongst the decks in my wee collection.
If you should happen to pick up any of the decks mentioned in this post, please don’t hesitate to share your take on them with me, if you’d like. I value your input greatly and would love to know your thoughts on any of these decks (or any deck point-blank for that matter).
Thank you again, lovely Willow. You are just the sweetest soul to bless the start of my month with your beautiful blog comments today. 🙏
I’m not behind, I’ve just saved this post to read a bit every now and then. This is the best post you have ever written! And it has nothing to with the fact that I love Halloween too and want to keep it in my heart all year long, just like the Christmas spirit. So well written and so many fantastic ideas. I have often wondered why there isn’t much Halloween music!? I collect Christmas music and there is a lot to choose from, but Halloween music is missing. I have a n LP with spooky sounds and ghost stories, but that’s it. I bought the ghost story book you recommended last year, and look forward to start reading it come autumn. The tarot cards are to die for! I ought to pull mine out soon again, it feels like forever since I used them last time. I will save this post and read it again later. Thank you so much for putting so much energy and lovely ideas into it. Have a great day, dear. 🙂
Sweet Sanne, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your incredibly kind and supportive response to this festive post. 🧡
It makes me smile like a jack-o-lantern, blush deeper red than the most crimson of fall maple leaves, and feel as warm inside as Samhain bonfire to know that you enjoyed this Halloween themed post so much. 🎃
Penning it was an absolute delight! I’d been itching to write – beyond the scope of IG, that is – about Halloween again ever since retiring my vintage blog. Getting the chance to do so again honestly felt coming home for me. 🙏
It’s safe to say that this is just the first of many fall/Halloween/Samhain posts that I plan to share here as time goes on. I sincerely hope that you’ll continue to enjoy future All Hallows’ Eve entries every bit as much, too. 👻
Huge thanks again, coupled with the happiest Halloween countdown wishes (just 139 days to go as I type this reply in the wee morning hours of June 14th). 🦇