I am feeling the Halloween fever. I have my costume all picked out (I shall be the 11th incarnation of The Doctor) and I can't wait for my coven's Samhain ritual this weekend.
I would like to talk to you today about the thinning of the veils. For those who haven't studied All Hallows lore and legend I shall give you a brief run down.
Halloween is a contraction of All Hallows Eve, the night before the 1st day of November that served as a day to remember the Hallows (or the saints) and the dearly departed. There are many roots to this festival such as the Gaelic and Welsh festival of Samhain, All Hallows Day, and even the hispanic Dia de Los Muertos.
One thing you can be certain about is that this festival is all about the dead. The myths say that on All Hallows Eve the veils between the world of the living and the dead thins allowing the spirits to wander on Earth to see loved ones, walk their own haunts, and even cause mischief.
Now that you know a tad about the celebration and festivities I will share some of my favorite treats with you.
APPLE CIDER. I'll say it again...APPLE CIDER. There is nothing like a warm cup of hot delicious apple cider on a crisp fall night. Once that cold scent hits the air I long for all things cinnamon and apple.
HOCUS POCUS. I kid you now when I was a kid my mother would take my sisters and I to the movie store to pick out rentals (I just dated myself I know) and I would always (Halloween or not) ask to get Hocus Pocus. It's a campy mix of fun and fright with a 90's backdrop, you can't go wrong with this Halloween favorite.
SCARVES. I have about fifteen different scarves and right around Halloween is when I get to take them out and wear them proudly (Ill be honest I wear them year round but I do get some strange looks). I love the big chunky ones that keep your neck warm and the thin ones you can wrap for days and then up wrap and use as a pashmina if you get cold. LOVE THEM ALL.
CANDY. I love chocolate but there is nothing like ghost shaped peeps, bat shaped Reece's, and an excuse to buy a year's worth of candy and then eat it so it doesn't go bad..obviously.
COLOR CHANGING LEAVES. I adore everything about the New England in the fall. The leaves changing vibrant colors and I get to watch from the small little corner of my world. There is something magical about those colors and I wait for them every single year.
I'll leave you with a way to spice up your own store bought apple cider at home:
In a slow cooker, combine apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Wrap allspice and cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth, and add to pot. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and keep warm. Easy Peasy.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!
The next (and last) stop on this tour is the lovely: Jennifer Leigh Scott
You can also go back and visit the other stops along the way for more cool things:
Jolynne Valerie (Our hostess)
XOXO Loves and stay safe!