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Celebrating Samhain

Elaine - posted on 09/28/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Is anyone planning anything interesting to do with your little one for the holiday? It is my daughter's first Halloween. My husband, who is Buddhist, and I (Wiccan) usually practice a mix of secular and pagan traditions on Samhain, like dressing up and carving pumpkins, but also leaving out an offering for those who have passed on and may be visiting that night. I would love to hear about your plans and personal traditions!

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Nicole - posted on 10/28/2010

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every year I set up a shrine for my father, who died when I was 2.



I also dress myself and the kids up and cook up a big supper that evening. I usually keep us inside on the 31st though, because we don't live in the best area of town and I don't feel safe taking them out.

Martha - posted on 09/30/2010

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Merry meet! Im in the same predicament This is the first Samhain my daughter is old enough to remember as she is two now. Plus I am new at this opening up my beliefs to my daughter as I was always solitary. But since becoming a mom I wish to not be solitary anymore its wonderful to share in all this with my daughter! I am teaching her the meaning of the holiday but then also sharing with her pumpkin carving and roasting pumpkin seeds and we will leave and offering. My best advice to you is to keep it simple and fun!! Good luck oh and if you get anymore good ideas let me know lol

Laura - posted on 09/29/2010

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We do all of the traditional Halloween stuff, including a full yard make-over into a haunted cemetary! My husband is agnostic and I'm Pagan so naturally we attend a Unitarian Universalist church. Our church celebrates with "Trunk or Treat" which has our minister making pancakes for dinner and everyone dressing up. After dinner we go out to our cars, open up decorated trunks and the kids go from trunk to trunk receiving goodies! It's a lot of fun!

At some point we have a family ritual to our ancestors that include a "dumb supper" of sorts where we invite our loved ones to dinner. A special plate of food is set at the table. We aren't silent but often tell stories of our departed family and friends as we share our meal. Since my mom died almost 2 years ago this ritual dinner has even become meaningful to my dad. It usually ends the festivities of the holiday. Have a Happy Samhain!

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