Category: Conviviality

  • La Mas Nhbul for Samhain

    La Mas Nhbul for Samhain

    Now considered a more common drink during “wassailing” season or during Twelfth Night, originally La Mas Nbhul or lambswool was a recipe drunk during the feast of apples (Lammas), most namely during the end of harvest time as the evenings got colder. It’s a simple drink consisting of apples, ale and spices and often consumed…

  • Colcannon for Samhain

    Colcannon for Samhain

    Colcannon seems to be a traditional Irish recipe for all seasons. I’ve hear it used for Halloween, for St. Patrick’s Day, even for Christmas time. It seems that it just all depends on what you want it’s purpose to be! However, consistently, Colcannon seems to be a dish that is used to change or improve…

  • Barm Brack Cake for Samhain

    Barm Brack Cake for Samhain

    This year, my Halloween focus has been all about getting in touch with my roots. Whether it be culturally, via family traditions, or for my husband’s family and culture. Maybe it’s the coming baby, maybe it’s been that vintage Halloween vibe being thrown around a lot recently or maybe it’s just because it’s been something…

  • The Halloween Tree Sugar Skull Guardians

    The Halloween Tree Sugar Skull Guardians

    Like Moundshroud is the the “keeper” of the Halloween Tree in the story, I felt my own tree needed a guardian. Ones to keep safe those it represents and to keep any spirits that aren’t welcome at bay. In Egyptian lore, cats are protectors, represented by the Goddess Bastet, for both the living and the…

  • Maternity Costumes

    Maternity Costumes

    I’m here to protest painted bellies and punny pregnancy costumes. Now…don’t get me wrong, if you’re into that and cannot wait for your own opportunity to paint your belly orange and wear a shirt that reads “pumpkin smuggler”, more power to you. But I’m here to ask, why do all the maternity Halloween costumes out…

  • This is the Nightmare Realm

    This is the Nightmare Realm

    As you may recall, back in August, we got to see Nancy Nightmare and the Wizard perform live. Well today, they have a special treat for those of us who cannot catch all their shows for the Halloween season! They released their first EP! If you were lucky enough to you may have caught their…

  • Halloweentime Earrings

    Halloweentime Earrings

    I love earrings. They’re always such an easy grab-and-go kind of accessory and they can be very simple or super elaborate. My Halloween earring collection is no joke and at this point, I have more pairs of Halloween earrings than there are days in October! In fact, I may actually have a Halloween addition problem.…

  • Jack-o’-Lanterns on the Halloween Tree

    Jack-o’-Lanterns on the Halloween Tree

    Our first part of my Halloween Tree are, naturally, the jack-o’-lanterns. In the story, the lanterns represent all the people living in the world and as they conclude their festivities for the Halloween evening, the light in their lantern on the Halloween tree goes out. On my Halloween tree, I’m bringing down that scale to…

  • Halloween Pet Bandanas

    Halloween Pet Bandanas

    Back before Midsummer Scream, I was on the hunt to make something that would be cute, yet also flattering to my then not-as-pregnant-but-still-pretty-pregnant body. I had looked for a project that would be easy to pull off with what fabric remnants I had, but of course everything I had was just a quarter-yard too short…

  • Creating a Tradition Inspired by the Halloween Tree

    Creating a Tradition Inspired by the Halloween Tree

    Two years ago, I finally dedicated myself to “conquering” Ray Bradbury’s “The Halloween Tree”. I adore Bradbury sci-fi works, but I had never committed time into reading this book. When I did, I was inspired. My vision and idea for Halloween and how it should be celebrated was changed. Of course last year, things panned…

  • 13 Super Scary Movies

    13 Super Scary Movies

    I hope, my dearest spiderlings, that you are ready to turn off the lights and snuggle up with a buddy who makes you feel safe because today we are talking about the films that have and still do scare, terrify, haunt and horrify me. I’m a big scaredy cat. It doesn’t take much to put…

  • An Eerie Tale to Share after Midnight

    An Eerie Tale to Share after Midnight

    It was trying to get in. But it needed permission. My permission. And I knew I shouldn’t give it, no matter what. If I acknowledged it was there, the results would not be pleasant. I could feel it in my stomach. The growing baby in my belly felt like it was trying to wiggle away…