Spooky greetings to all!
Thank you again to everyone who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Making Objects Magickal
There’s magic in more than objects this week- there’s power in the air itself! With three days (or more!) of holiday celebrations coming up, many would say this weekend is the most magical of the whole year!
The theme for this week’s challenge is based on the upcoming holiday and Sabbat and is…
Tricks, Treats, and Tasty Spells!
As last year’s Halloween/Samhain challenge delved into the more somber side of celebrations, this year’s October holiday challenge is playing up the fun energy at this time of year.
Between spooky Halloween delights, tricking and treating, somber Samhain delicacies shared with ancestors, and a weekend of holiday excitement- now is a wonderful time to incorporate a touch of magick into your celebratory meals
Feel free to put your Kitchen Witchery, Green/Herbal Magick, Potion Making, and/or other magickal talents to use in your holiday challenge entry this week!
It’s all about magickal treats (and perhaps some spellwork tricks!) as you taste the best of the holidays this weekend.
So are you ready? Because it’s…
Picture from Mama Natural: The Switch Witch
This week is all about the magick of tasty goods- from meals, candies, foods, treats, sweets and more
There are many ways that you might incorporate magick into your meals and munchies for this challenge. To help you get started, here are just a few suggestions!
Cooking with Fire
As one of the fire festivals, a main symbol of Samhain is the flame. For your challenge entry this week, you might light it up and consider combining your cooking with some seasonal Fire Magick.
Ways to incorporate fire could be frying, baking, or cooking on an open flame- like a BBQ
→ Looking for recipes? Check out the Recipes Category of the forum for plenty of ideas!
Silent Supper for Samhain
Having a silent supper (also called a “dumb supper”) is a popular Samhain tradition for those who want to extend a hand of welcome to those who have passed through the veil.
Ideas for a Simple Samhain Dumb Supper
- Add extra plates and chairs at dinner for the deceased and share old family stories.
- After the meal, the dishes set to the deceased (with food) are left by the door.
- In many cases, children are left out during this practice to maintain the quiet of the atmosphere.
- Dining in silence gives worshippers the headspace to focus on the dead and the spirits of their loved ones.
From Spells8: Samhain Ideas & Traditions
Picture from Pinterest
Whether you’re handing out goodies this Halloween night or are chowing down on tasty confections yourself, why not consider adding a touch of magick?
Blessing food and drink is a simple yet potent way to add protective qualities, good wishes, or general positive energy into your life.
For a collection of beautiful blessings by coven members to consider, check out the previous:
Did you know that carving up certain vegetables can help to protect your home and hearth while the veil is at its thinnest and tricksters are on the loose?
Pumpkin carving is associated with both Halloween and Samhain and originated in Ireland.
Near Samhain it was customary to carve turnips (later pumpkins, due to an Irish tradition ) and light candles inside them. Several centuries later, this tradition has its continuity in the current Halloween celebrations.
From Spells8: How to Celebrate Samhain
While today pumpkins are mostly carved for Halloween fun, the autumn squashes were originally carved into grotesque faces in order to scare malevolent spirits away from your home .
Picture from Triangle: Tips & Tricks for Pumpkin Carving
This weekend, you might decorate your altar with seasonal fruits such as pomegranates, nuts, grapes, pumpkins, squashes, or pears. These can serve as offerings for the Gods or deceased relatives.
–>More inspiration can be found in Samhain Altars
Some also build a separate altar for their ancestors. On your ancestor altar, you might place pictures, letters, their favorite food and drinks.
Picture from Pinterest
Whether you are living it up for Halloween, honoring the dead for Samhain, or digging into the bounty of spring for Beltane- food is intricately tied in to the holiday celebrations this weekend
Feel free to whip up your best and be creative with your tasty challenge entry this week!
Picture from Reddit: Hot Pentagram Buns
Click here for notes about challenge inclusivity
All witches are welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you!
That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a shout-out, you will have to share your experience with the forum.
- About your experience with food magick for the holiday weekend
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new thread in the forums.
Note : If you choose to create a new thread, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post so that I can easily find it- thank you!
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, November 2nd at 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time Zone)
( 2021-11-02T06:00:00Z )
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize!
Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given.
Picture from Samhain Menu: Recipes for a Samhain Feast
A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice
And for those new to challenges- welcome! Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways
Picture from TikiKids: Halloween Feast
A spooky night is more than just frights,
So set the table and turn off the lights.
Seasoned with spells, there’s nothing to fear-
Holiday blessings to all who eat here!