There was something else I meant to post this past week; I'd said I'd do it last weekend, actually. But things happened, and now that post will have to wait until next week. Anyway, I know people wanted to know what I'll be doing - or have been doing - to celebrate Samhain this year, especially since I said I was going to be doing plenty to make up for not being able to do anything for Mabon. So...
I've already had a tea party (more on that over the next couple of days, since it was for the Witchy Tea Party that Anna is hosting this weekend), and made a spooky bandanna for Kero with some of the fabric I got in that recent Hobbycraft order (again, more on that to come in another post some time soon); I haven't decided yet what to do with the rest. And here's what I still plan to do to celebrate Samhain:
*Put up the decorations; I always leave them until the day before, especially since where I don't have many it doesn't take long to put them up.
*Carve pumpkins (we're getting 2).
*Carve a turnip.
*Make a Mushroom And Winter Veg Pie with the turnip.
*Make a Pumpkin Pie and some Pumpkin Spice Muffins.
*If there's enough pumpkin left over, make some Pasta With Pumpkin Sage Sauce.
*Drink some of Rosmerta's Pumpkin Juice.
*Take some time to read the braille tarot books I got a couple of months ago and have done little more than briefly glance at (I'd do a reading, but I haven't had an oppertunity to make my cards readable to me, so I can't).
*Do a private meditation ritual.
*Braid together 3 ribbons (white for life, black for death, and red for rebirth) while focusing on lost loved ones.
I'm combining the last two; I'll be starting off with the ritual where you bind the ribbons, and incorperating the meditation ritual in to it, since you're meant to meditate on lost loved ones while binding them anyway, so it seems logical to me to extend it by placing a meditation ritual in there.
I was going to bake Cookies in appropriate shapes; bats, ghosts, hands and cats. But I made some cat shaped cookies yesterday, and with the pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice muffins I'm making... Well, I really don't think we need more cookies; we'll have enough to eat for Samhain and the days surrounding it without adding cookies to the mix. So, I decided to forget about doing the cookies after all.
Anyway, we've also got a load of goodies for any kids who come Trick-Or-Treating. Not sure how many we'll get, but I know there are plenty of kids around, so since my Jack-O-Lanterns and other decorations will be up by then I'm hoping they'll come knocking; I like having trick-or-treaters come calling!