Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Halloween Event Planning Made Easy

Though it is but the end of July, and the sweltering, dog days of summer are upon most of us, it's already time to begin planning for the holidays. (Where has half of the summer gone? It seems as though it was just Midsummer yesterday, and Memorial Day the week before that!) Though many of us will be loathe to see these long, sweltering days end, there is something magical about the palpable change in the air, the feeling of renewal that comes with that change, even if we are entering the dying portion of the seasonal cycle.

The crisp autumn air, the crunching of leaves underfoot, the smell of wood-burning fireplaces…to me, these things bring such happiness. And Samhain! That most magical of holidays, when the veil between the worlds is thinnest, when we celebrate the turning of a new year, when “kids” of all ages have reason to celebrate. And it's never too early to begin your Halloween holiday preparations!

As we near this magical time, it can be hard to reconcile plans (both personal and business) between the sacred and the secular, as well as between the spendy and the thrifty. That said, there are many ways to make Samhain more than just pointed hats and candy –without breaking the bank—at both your home and your store.

Spooky Stories
For many of us, Halloween is a time for fright—to spook and to be spooked. We have a great collection of ghastly titles coming out just in time to send tingles down your spine.
  • Playing with the Devil, by Marcus Griffin. This haunting, thrill-ride of a true account is sure to please. Join paranormal investigator Marcus Griffin as he relates his true, first-hand account of his rock band Entropy and their encounters with the Gray Man, answering the question: Can you really sell your soul for rock 'n roll?

  • Batting Demons of Darkness, by Brandon Boston. Now determined to embrace his destiny with the paranormal, Brandon Boston shares his true, first-hand stories of battling demons. Join him on a transformative journey from terrified boy to confident man whose purpose is to defeat dark spirits.

  • Encounters with Flying Humanoids, by Ken Gerhard. Cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard has traveled the world collecting evidence on the Mothman, the Owlman, the Van Meter Creature, the Valkyrie of Voltana, the Houston Batman, and other strange "bird people" that have been sighted throughout history. Packed with famous historical cases and dozens of chilling first-person accounts, this is the first book to focus exclusively on flying humanoids—a wide array of airborne entities that seem to feed off our deepest fears.

  • The Ghosts of Chicago, by Adam Selzer. This new book from the author of Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps pieces together the truth behind Chicago's ghosts, and brings to light dozens of never-before-told firsthand accounts.

  • Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums
  • , by Jamie Davis with Samuel Queen. Explore frightening ghost stories and true paranormal encounters at ten well-known, haunted institutions across the United States. This unique collection of investigations is filled with terrifying photos, spooky highlights from on-site tours, and historical information about each location.

  • Embracing the Spirits, by Barbara Parks. Traumatized by a poltergeist as a young adult, Barbara Parks never imagined she would overcome her fear of the spirit world. This collection of true ghost stories relates her dramatic, heartwarming journey toward embracing her gift for spirit communication.

  • Surrounded by Ghosts, by Janet Larkin. Janet Larkin has, since birth, lived a life full of ghostly encounters. In her new book, Janet recalls her creepiest stories and grapples to make sense of a life overflowing with unexplained phenomena.

  • Décor
    For me, decorations are always a great way to set the mood for any holiday season, Samhain included.
    • Pumpkins. A great way to spend time with family, friends, and associates is always at the pumpkin patch, finding that perfect gourd to display, carve, or both. While pumpkins can be found in many places (grocery stores and supermarkets included), I always favor the pumpkin patch because it is generally cheaper, the selection is wider, and it makes for a great activity for everyone.
    • Incense. Smell is one of the first things we notice when we enter a building or home; why not use some that celebrates the season? For a magical, uplifting, and thrifty option, try making your own incense or potpourri.
    • Colors. Colors are a huge part of décor, and I like to use those that are not only traditionally seasonal but also magically appropriate. Silver is great for making connections and bridging the gap (such as with Samhain spirit communications); yellow and gold symbolize the Sun and a fruitful harvest (whether literally or metaphorically).
    • An Altar. Perfect for store or home, a Wheel of the Year altar can be suited to any Sabbat, including Samhain.
    Another strong way to connect to the season, to our friends and family, and to our ancestors is through rituals. These make great activities to do alone, to do with friends or family members, or to host as a store activity.

    Activities and Parties
    There is something about Samhain that just seems to warrant having a party or other event. Looking for ideas? Look no further!
    Still looking for more ideas? Check out Samhain Party Hosting Made Easy (http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/1396).

1 comment:

  1. This post is really helpful for those who are looking for event planning ideas.It is really nice to find your awesome post of useful stuff. Thanks and keep sharing such informative post with all.