Yes I am aware that contemporary Halloween is about confectionary and costumes, fake cobwebs and pumpkins. I am reliably informed that this year’s big teen theme for Halloween is “90s video games like Mortal Kombat – the Stephen King clown being too “twelvie.”
But I am doing Halloween the old way this year – the Samhain way – and the door shut tight all night with a line of salt across the threshold to keep out undesired visitations. The house sealed and then sanctified with sage. A prayer plus a candle lit for those who have passed. A purple Moon etching or symbol to honour past pagans and witches who died for their beliefs.
This is still the Via Combusta by the way. It doesn’t matter that the Southern Hemisphere version of this festival is the start of Summer and not of Winter. It’s still Scorpio enough. A glass of mugwort (Artemesia) for shamanic dreaming and voila, a legacy Halloween.