What Do Wiccans Do For Halloween?

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What Do Wiccans Do For Halloween?

Halloween has long been commercialized, so while we may incorporate traditions from the original festival, such as costumes and jack-o-lanterns, the meaning behind the holiday has very much changed.


However, not everyone is willing to let go of the celebration’s original intent.

We explore how Wiccans honour the history of Halloween and how they celebrate the day.

How Do Wiccans Celebrate Halloween?


What Is Wicca?


Wicca is a modern pagan religion. It is a predominately Western movement that places a focus on nature and its worship. The religion also honours a Horned God and a Mother Goddess. Celebrations are typically observed around equinoxes and solstices.


How Do Wiccans Celebrate Halloween?


Since Wiccans follow a pagan theology, they tend to focus on the pagan festival of Samhain rather than the more westernized Halloween celebrations.

 

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Samhain is a pagan holiday often credited for being the origin of Halloween. Marking the midpoint between the fall equinox and the winter solstice, it recognized the end of the harvest season.


(For fun facts about Samhain, go here!)


While the festival included several traditions, one of the most important ones was the bonfire. The entire village would gather together for a community fire and at the end of the celebration, would take some of the fire home with them to light their own hearths.


This bonfire is an integral element in Wiccans’ modern-day festivities. Bonfire rituals can serve several purposes; some use it as an opportunity to burn away negativity from the past while others might utilize it to honour those who have passed.


Ultimately, the goal is to bring their community together and commemorate the past year. Samhain is considered to be the most important of the four quarterly celebrations, or “Greatest Sabbats”. Therefore, Samhain is one of the highest-regarded holidays in the Wiccan religion.


While Wiccans may not participate in Halloween in the same way as most, their practices can easily be linked to our own history of Halloween.


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