The spirit of Halloween has a tradition for everyone to enjoy including spending some quality time with family and friends, while keeping it budget friendly this year. The economy is hitting everyone hard these days and it might not be the year to throw your most extravagant over the top Halloween party.
No worries, there are as many ways to celebrate Halloween as there are days in the year.
In the spirit of the season, I offer ten tradition-filled ways to celebrate and embrace the magic of the season including:
1. Find love with a magic apple.
If you’re single, select a juicy red apple and peel the skin in one long piece. Hold the peel of the apple in your hand and say aloud, ‘As I fling this apple peel, my true love’s name will be revealed’. Fling the apple peel over your head and turn around to look at the shape that the peel forms on the ground. It is said that the apple peel will form into the first initial of your true love’s name.
2. Dancing under the moonlight.
It’s a Crescent Moon Halloween, but Lady Luna will still be working her magic. Let your hair down, put on some music and dance in the moonlight. Need I say more? Let your inner wild child come out and play!
3. Celebrate the ‘Day of the Dead’ – Mexico style.
Honor friends and family who have passed on to the other side. Host a special dinner and set a place for departed loved ones at the table. Light a candle at their seated place of honor and include framed photos of them at the table. During dinner, share stories about all of the wonderful memories of your deceased loved ones.
4. Have a ‘Come As You Were’ costume party.
Take a step back in time and explore who you were in your past lives. Invite guests to come to your party dressed in a costume representing who they were in a past life. The conversations will be endless as each person shares who they were in a past life and how they lived.
5. Volunteer to help others enjoy the holiday.
Nursing homes appreciate volunteers to help out with holiday festivities, as do hospitals and charities with fund raising events. Spend Halloween spreading the spirit of the season with others and make a difference in your community.
6. Have a seed planting celebration.
Many cultures celebrate Halloween as the end of the year and November 1st as the New Year. Invite friends to celebrate on Halloween by making resolutions for the new year. Hand out packages of seeds to each of your guests and invite them to plant new seeds of thought this Fall which will manifest and bloom with new dreams in the Spring. Don’t forget to plant your carved pumpkins in the ground with your seeds, they make great compost.
7. Dim the lights and scare yourself silly by reading some good books including:
- The World’s Creepiest Places by Dr. Bob Curran
- Ghosthunting North Carolina by Kala Ambrose
- Weiser Field Guide to Witches by Judika Illes
- Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead by Kala Ambrose
- Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters and Beasts from the Dark Side by Brad Steiger
- The Real Men in Black by Nick Redfern
8. Enlighten others on the history of Halloween and help end harmful and baseless superstitions.
Help debunk a superstition that is based on fear, like the one that says black cats are bad luck. In Ancient Egypt, black cats were revered in honor of the goddess Bast. Many cultures find black cats to be the luckiest color of all. Read WikiAnswers for more information on how black cats have been revered throughout the ages by many cultures. Share how Halloween is celebrated in various customs around the world. This website has some beautiful photos showcasing how the holiday is celebrated in different countries.
9. Have a horror movie trivia competition and film festival.
Rent several classic horror movies and invite friends over to engage in a movie trivia competition followed up by watching the films. Read my article on Best Paranormal Movies of All Time to find a great selection to rent.
10. Listen to supernatural interviews on the Explore Your Spirit show with Mary Ann Winkowski the Ghost Whisperer (on whom the tv show Ghost Whisperer is based on) along with Werewolves with Dr. Bob Curran, and Vampires with Brad Steiger.
Most all, enjoy yourself and the spirit of Halloween! Happy Haunting!