This year’s celebrations are not going as planned. Typically every year we do what we call a Harvest Feast at our house (less pagan sounding than Samhain Feast for our non-pagan friends and family). We cook a nice meal, invite people to bring their own food, and we play Halloween music and socialize. It’s really a combination of a few different cultural traditions– for instance, people dress up in modern day costumes (a secular Halloween tradition), We have an altar for our departed loved ones (Dia de los Muertos) where I put a plate of food out for them (Samhain) along with soul cakes (Christianized Samhain?).
This year, we won’t be having a party. My wife is working, so I’ll be home alone. No one to celebrate with. So what am I gonna do?
HERE’S THE PLAN:
- I’m gonna cook a meal anyway, a meal for one (which is really a meal for two/three/four since I’m on this preop diet and can eat so little).
- I’m gonna put some food out on the altar. Because the spirits don’t need a party.
- I’m gonna light candles and do a mini ritual to usher in the holiday.
- I’m going to watch my favorite Halloween time movies: Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Disney’s version of Icabod Crane and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Practical Magic.
Yes, I will be alone, but that doesn’t mean I can’t a fun, meaningful holiday.