All Hallows Eve, Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Night, Dia de los Muertos – whatever you call it, tonight is auspicious as the time when the veil between the worlds thins and becomes easier to walk through. Faeries, ghouls, ghosts and strange beasts romp and roam in the shadows and await patiently to be welcomed inside.
Who dares to enter the macabre and mystical world of strange beings on this Hallow’s Eve? Here’s some discoveries – many, many more than the usual 10 to tickle your tremor bones…
Condensed down to two minutes, this is a medieval story of a farmer named Snowball dating from circa 1400 and recorded on a manuscript from the Byland Abbey
Creepy burgers with eyes are coming for you
This is the night when the gateway between
our world and the spirit world is thinnest.
Tonight is a night to call out those who came before.
Tonight I honor my ancestors.
Spirits of my fathers and mothers, I call to you,
and welcome you to join me for this night.
You watch over me always,
protecting and guiding me,
and tonight I thank you.
Your blood runs in my veins,
your spirit is in my heart,
your memories are in my soul.
Really great surround sound ambience with natural sounds from an autumnal and slightly creepy landscape. It’s fantastic to listen to on good headphones to appreciate the sound quality, spooky but in a pleasant way, nice work background music.
Bat Costumes were a popular choice of Halloween attire back in the early 1900s, some photographs date back to 1887. There were no professional/specialist costume shops, so these were homemade. #bat #costume #vintage #Victorian #nananananana
There’s something distinctly creepy with seeing a baby in cellophane being suffocated by a stalk with a knowing look….or is it just me? I don’t know how this relates to Halloween other that it’s simply creepy!
I love Loreena McKennit she has so many atmospheric folklore inspired songs. Nights from the Alhambra is a great album.
Sleeping kaiju awakens after 10,000 years!
An epic kaiju awakens
Just eat these sanitised tapeworms and…your love handles will be gone!
A pink kaiju attacking Tokyo is thwarted by heroes with different flavoured Cup Noodles in this new commercial. Also I don’t recommend you buy Nissin cup noodles AT ALL by the way because they are one of the leading deforestation causing companies in the world…but…this is a nice video.
There are few more magical sights than a full moon emerging from behind a bank of clouds, suddenly filling the sky with its silver glow, casting a pale and eerie light onto the treetops, glinting on the damp grass in the fields and sparkling on the flowing water of a river.
While it is the solar cycle that sets the stage for the big festivals of the Wheel of the Year, the Lunar cycle carries with it its own current of myth and magic. Our closest companion, the moon, orbits the earth roughly once a month (27.322 days to be precise), and this orbit causes us to see the moon as ever changing, from a dark new moon to a waxing crescent, to the glorious full moon, to a waning crescent and back to the new moon again.
This cycle of the moon is where we get the word “month”, and forms the basis of lunar calendars still in use around the world today.
Each phase of the moon can, in witchcraft, be associated with different “currents” of magic – waxing to bring increase, waning to let go, new to start new projects, full to bring things to completion. This cycle can be used to time rituals or workings, or to carry out certain jobs in the garden such as planting and harvesting.
The full moons hold particular significance to many witches, both for magical and practical reasons – the easiest time to do an outdoor rite after dark is with the light of the full moon, after all.The River Crow
For as long as humans have gazed at the moon in wonder, they have crafted myths and stories about it. Read more by the always fascinating blogger River Crow
Striking and creepy costumes that draw attention to the environmental destruction of the Democratic Republic of Congo
These costumes have absolutely nothing to do with Halloween, but I loved them so much I decided to share them.
Costumes made from waste by about 20 artists to draw attention to the fraud, conflict and environmental problems in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Part of a week long arts festival called “Kin Act”.
The “Matshozi 6 Jours (Six Days of Tears)” This work is made of dolls found in the garbage dump and on the street. The artwork honours the victims of the six-day war in his hometown of Kisangani. It took a year to collect the dolls from the trash can. A work by Shaka Hum Kabaka.
Do you know what Samhain/Samhuinn is? It’s the Gaelic/Celtic pagan celebration of All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween and there is a range of different traditional activities and folklore attached to this celebration. In Edinburgh they have a magnificent fire festival on the top of Calton Hill which is just incredible to see!
I think this hat shop is trying to tell us something and it’s kind of creepy!
This really captures the mood of Halloween
A cute and award-winning short film about the Mexican celebration of ancestors and loved ones who have now passed to beyond the veil.
A full film of spooky Halloween atmosphere featuring iconic actress Ginger Rogers from 1933.
Ghosts riding along on a lady’s hat
She doesn’t seem too bothered by it!
I hope you enjoyed these terrifying trinkets and that you have a spooky, fun and kooky All Hallow’s Eve. Let me know what you think of these selections below…