Halloween/Samhain is my favorite time of the year, celebrated simultaneously in this family. Many of the traditions we participate in can relate to both Halloween and Samhain. While I do take the time to talk with my children about honoring those we have lost, they do not quite grasp the meaning behind the words as they have not lost anyone yet.
The Sunday before Halloween celebrations, we carved pumpkins with the kids.
They had a blast. Lewis carved a skull and Fiona and I carved a witch’s familiar (a cat in this case).
We also smoked the pumpkin seeds. Yum!
On Halloween night, we went to my aunt and uncle’s house. They have such a large turnout every year. We run out of totes of candy.
Lewis has been into Minecraft. So he was that Minecraft guy.
Fiona has been into anything Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride) and Vampirina. So, she just had to be a vampire this year and decided to go as Vampirina herself. Don’t let the photo fool you. She was quite thrilled.
There are two hilarious things about this year. One was after about five quick houses my children wanted to go back to our aunt’s house and eat the actual food and hang out with family (their great-grandmother and great-great aunt were visiting). And they asked for no candy. We gave them some candy, but they didn’t ask for any. It’s after Halloween and they still haven’t asked for candy. Fiona and Lewis loved helping hand out candy though.
I also spent time remembering my family, particularly my nana. I really wish my kids could have had the opportunity to really know what an amazing woman she was. I also took the time to be thankful for the fact that my children have the great opportunity to have a lot of great family close by who they get to love and interact with frequently.
How did you celebrate Halloween? Do you take time to recognize Samhain?
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