Samhain Giveaway!

  Sorry we’ve been such neglectful bloggers. We have been Internet free (thanks to country living and the sleazy for over a month now, which isn’t all bad. But we have missed you all! And so to make it up to you, we promise to blog something every day this week, even if we have to type it all with our thumbs. And if that’s not enough, we are having a book give away!

  Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Tradition by Starhawk, Anne Hill and Diane Baker is a treasure trove of ritual, story, seasonal activities and advice. Our family reads from it at every Sabbat and uses it often as a reference and for inspiration.

  To enter the drawing, you must do two things. Sign up to “follow us by email” (if you already have, just let us know, and thank you!) AND leave us a comment sharing your plans for Samhain.
We will randomly choose a winner, this Sunday, at 5:00.

We look forward to your comments!

Author: thewitchmama

Melanie Elizabeth Hexen is a midwife, regionally famous bellydancer, homeschooling mother and matriarch of the Many Hands House. She has been a witch for 25 years, and her belief system is currently based on the writings of Terry Pratchett and the teachings of Steven Posch. With her coven, the Prärie Hexen, she is creating the Hexen Tradition of Witchcraft.

20 thoughts on “Samhain Giveaway!”

  1. I have this already so dont pick me. We are going to Nels and Judy's Samhain in Wisconsin this year! I am thrilled as I haven't been there. Travis has been there a few times before. We will only have Grace with us though so that's a little sad. Miss you guys!!


  2. Subscribed already, but in Google Reader right along with all the other blogs I like to read. It's more organized and easier to keep track of that way. :0) We're going to be doing the usual things including a few Dia de los Muertos inspired activities/crafts (sugar skulls, pan de muerto, etc). I think we'll also have a small family ritual/dinner on Nov 1st. I haven't quite figured out how I want to tackle our ancestor altar, though. We're new Pagans so it's all a work in progress.


  3. Well, we were going to go to Ozark Avalon for their Samhain celebration, but Chryssi was cast in the school play, and their final dress rehersal is that same weekend. We will likely just set up or annual ancestor fire, and write note to those who have passed, sending the messages up in the flames, and, of course, leave a place at the dinner table for anyone who stops by to check in.


  4. I don't have any solid plans as of now. I am hoping I can find some friends to celebrate with. Most Samhains, I celebrate solitary. I have attended The Triple Goddess Celebration @ Ozark Avalon and it was a good time!


  5. Thank you for all your comments. We used to have a local CUPPS chapter that I really enjoyed. In fact, it played a romantic part in my courtship with Christopher. And how jealous I am of those of you going to Nels and Judy's! Someday I will too!
    And you can still win the book if you already own it- it would make a great gift for a new Pagan family.


  6. I've signed up for email updates. For Samhain this year, my husband, daughter and I will be spending a fun evening together in the back yard. Then a quiet family ritual to honor the ancestors and those that have passed on.


  7. I'm signing up to follow by mail. Lol…we're not pagans but Celtic Christian, which celebrates also celebrates the Sabbats and Esbats, unlike most every other denom so I like having pagan references around to adapt. Oddly I missed this one!


  8. Whoops! I forget to say how we are celebrating Samhain! We have made pumpkin patches and mini cornfields each year in a space of our front yard. This year we are also making a “bonfire” (okay, it's a portable firepit, but we live in suburbs) and will be playing Celtic music and will dance around it with however many neighbor children want to join us as we hand our candy. 🙂


  9. From Mendi Hendricks Jenkins:

    Well, we are definitely dressing up, trick or treating with the kids, couple adult parties, and hopefully a fun bday/halloween party for my soon to be 12 yr old. his day is 10-22. 🙂   Favorite time of year for me!! 🙂


  10. Fun! I don't have a child yet but I hope to VERY soon!!! I read books on child rearing like it's going out of style. Lol. This looks like it would be right up my alley…

    I plan on celebrating Samhain quietly at home alone. It's what I do every year.

    🙂 Thanks for this cool giveaway!


  11. If you are in Iowa I think this will be posted before 5 if not its 6 mins to 5 pm EST! But we are planning to dress up, go to the local safe-walk, and then come home have a fire and the girls are making masks for the fire and we will have some candy apples, sheppard's pie and good ole irish soda bread! Just wanted to share even if I didn't enter to win! 😛


  12. And, the randomly chosen winner of our Samhain Giveaway is…. parentwed!!!! Congratulations!! Email manyhandshouse at with your mailing address, and we'll send you your prize!! Blessed Samhain and happy new year to all!! -Chris and Melanie


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