Samhain

Halloween

We Spoke to a Druid About the Occult History of Apple-Bobbing

The practice of cutting open an apple to reveal that most potent symbol within— that of the pentagram—is still carried on today, particularly at Samhain and Halloween.
Nick Rose
10.31.17
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Why Apple Bobbing Is Actually a Female Fertility Ritual

Apple-bobbing is more than just a watery Halloween game. Throughout history, it has been the dominion of witches, sex, love, and women—an act of enchantment rather than simple pomaceous fondling.
Nell Frizzell
10.30.16
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Bake This Samhain Bread Instead of Eating Halloween Candy

Samhain is the pagan celebration of the final harvest before winter sets in. And if you're going to harvest, you've got to make your goods into some lovely, fluffy carbs so that you don't get too drunk on mead and sleep through all the partying.
Munchies Staff
10.29.16
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Make This Witch-Approved Pumpkin Chicken Soup Tonight

Laurie Cabot, the official witch of Salem, serves this simple chicken soup on Samhain (from a festive pumpkin, no less).
Munchies Staff
10.26.16
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Laurie Cabot's Chicken Soup in Pumpkin Shells

Save on dish duty and put your soup into the shell of a pumpkin.
Laurie Cabot
10.10.16
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We Asked Salem's Official Witch What to Eat at a Pagan Sabbat

Laurie Cabot was dubbed "The Official Witch of Salem" back in the 1970s, and she's more than deserving of the title. We called her up to see how she and her fellow witches are celebrating Samhain, the pre-Christian precursor to Halloween.
Matthew Zuras
10.31.15
Halloween

Why Pagans Spend Halloween Baking Bread

Pagans in the English town of Glastonbury celebrate Samhain—a festival marking the start of winter—with mead, storytelling, and ancient bread recipes.
Michael Segalov
10.26.15
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Sweet Samhain Buttermilk Bread

Ring in Samhain with this sweet buttermilk bread recipe.
Debs Summers-Cooper
10.26.15
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Samhain Bread

Celebrate Samhain with this delicious buttermilk soda bread recipe.
Debs Summers-Cooper
10.25.15
Halloween

Evil Irish Turnips Were the Original Jack-O'-Lanterns

Before pumpkins, turnips were the spooky lantern vegetable of choice—all because this guy Jack skipped out on his bar bill and messed with the Devil.
David Whelan
10.30.14