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Samhain Decorating


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I know its early, but i reaaaly want to start decorating for Samhain!

This is going to be my first Sabbat where i will be celebrating with rituals and meditation, so i want to make everything perfect!

I have noticed in the uk we have a lack of, well... every thing for halloween/samhain..

The only places ive seen with anything actually nice is Asda and Wilkos, or is that because its a bit early for everyone?

where do you all suggest I get stuff from?

also if anyone has any tips on celebrating Samhain I would greatly appreciate it :D

Blessed be <3 x

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Love the picture! :)

 

and i want to be creative, its just where to start! lol :)

 

do you know any shops or online stores that sell good halloween/samhain stuff?

xx

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You can get lovely items in craft shops and sometimes even the pound shops or odd items from charity shops. The Pagan shop in Bletchley Agora is lovely and I'm sure would give advice... I think its about personal feeling and the colours you are drawn to, I'm just picking up stuff as I go for walks and bringing the outside in.

 

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Ive been to the one in bletchley agora, its got nice things but I was abit concerned when she didnt have a clue about the pendulums she sold :\ xx

 

Im having a gander in local charity shops tomorrow, also hopefully going bow brickhill later in the week :D x

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I decorate with gourds and things I find. This year I have made a hop wreath from wild hops I cut from a rather overwhelmed hawthorn. Strings of Rowan berries look great as well as dried seed heads etc. I don't buy the commercialised stuff for the hallowe'en market.

 

 

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I don't buy the commercialised stuff for the hallowe'en market.

 

Damn right! None of this pumpkin nonsense - red leaf garlands, turnip lanterns, fir boughs, skulls, white horses, apples and nuts.

 

Mind you, if you want to hollow out a turnip for a lantern you will have to be starting soon...

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I have to admit that I do indulge in buying a pumpkin or two (carnt help it just love carving them).....but everything else I use to decorate the place, is sourced from the well stocked local larder of mother earth....Conkers, berries, different varieties of apples, conifer cones etc...

 

Its each to their own though....

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Don't do the Halloween stuff ! We have a Samhain Sabbat ritual when we decorate our altar with all things natural from the country and / or the garden - this year later than the calendar Halloween. The Hairy Momster likes to carve a pumpkin (hasn't the patience for a turnip :) ) which we light with a candle and place at the bottom of the drive near the gate!

 

The ritual is serious stuff and probably the most important for us from the whole Wheel of the Year, when the veil between the worlds is thin and those who have gone before are invited to return and dwell with us a while .........

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For me there's nothing better than a string of turnip lanterns, their little pixie faces glowing in the dark :)

 

. . . along with the smell of roasting turnip, lol

 

 

 

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I don't decorate for Samhain, but I think the natural world is just full of lovely stuff to do so rather than the plastic garish tat you find in the shops. Go for berries, hops, ornamental squashes, bowls of nuts. Interesting finds of wood, tons of red and gold leaves scattered around. :)

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Well I've been very green this year and I'm currently looking out of my study window at a very large pumpkin I've grown specially! I agree, forget the shops. Nature gives everything you need to celebrate this time of year....... and the World will be just a bit happier with less crap coming here in container ships from China.

 

And to all you masochists who insist on hollowing out turnips and swedes..... why? Pumpkins obviously want to be turned into lanterns, and you won't have to count all your fingers to check they're still there after removing the seeds!

 

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And to all you masochists who insist on hollowing out turnips and swedes..... why?

 

When you have the right tools, why not?

 

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OK Badger Bob - you may have just convinced me to try and make a turnip lantern. I can certainly understand why pumpkins became the popular choice!

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I'm not really big on ritual and altars and things, because that's just my path and I don't like to veer to far off of it but saying that, I do have like an altar-like table where I do my herby workings and normally at samhain I set it up with pictures of my loved ones who have passed, with a candle for each of them. And then I decorate the table with stuff that I have gathered such as leaves, bits of woods, foraged fruits and I do normally buy a bunch of autumnal flowers (fingers crossed for sunflowers!). I also light a shed load of candles around the house, normally black and orange. I managed to find some plastic grapes and garlands and things, which I will put up around the house - but around my herby table I keep it natural.

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I will be doing a wee Samhain ritual, and having some Halloween fun with the LOs. :coz_witch:

 

I will get a pumpkin, well two, since I don't have a power tool like Badger Bob. I will scour the net looking for just the right template that the LOs will appreciate, and have one pumpkin tradtionaly carved, and the other cute.

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Dear Badger Bob,

 

Mind you, if you want to hollow out a turnip for a lantern you will have to be starting soon...

 

While I'm strongly of the view that spending hours bending spoons and making your fingers bleed is good for building character, I have to confess that using one of those stubby, thick handled, shovel-type, ice-cream scoops to hollow out your neep speeds things up dramatically.

 

BB,

 

John Macintyre

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When I was a kid we used to hollow out swedes for jack o' lanterns. Now that was some rough going. I'd have to start it right after school if I wanted it ready to light by 7 or 8 o'clock, lol ;D

 

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These were our pumpkins this year! Had lots of fun at a pick your own pumpkin farm before carving them. Still eating pumpkin soup now! :-)

 

Oops did attach properly. Here...

 

Dunno why it's sideways now. Doh.

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