May 18, 2024


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Halloween in the Waldorf Home

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Halloween in the Waldorf Home

October is one particular of my favored months of the calendar year!  Right here in the Deep South, we are in uncharacteristic chilly snap in which temperatures plummeted from the 70s (F) to in the 30’s (F). Typically at this time of yr, we are just gearing up for cooler weather, the leaves on the trees changing shades and crunching less than our ft, and preparations for Halloween, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are underway!

How will you celebrate this thirty day period in your homeschool?

The Eve of Samhain of the Celtic men and women became All Hallows’ Eve. This utilised to be the starting of the New Calendar year in the Celtic calendar, and it was a sacred time. This evening was a blurring of house and time. Terrific respect was compensated in Pagan and previous cultures to the lifeless – which include the presenting of food items, fireplace, “soul cakes”. This persists in many cultures today, or at least the plan of spiritual link with prayers for the deceased. We contemplate the romance of residing to dying. How do we die to ourselves, to something excellent than ourselves in a tradition rife with selfishness and absence of community? How do we locate a correct partnership to death in a entire world wherever violence in rife?

One particular thing that arrives to intellect is to join to the Earth, the knowledge of those people with braveness to face demise. Most likely this is the time to consider about bringing “the light” inside of as the days grow extended, darker and colder.  “Jack O’ Lanterns” and other sorts of lanterns are preferred this time of yr, as are crafts and cooking and baking surrounding the Tumble Harvest. 

Concentrating on what the animals and plants are undertaking this time of 12 months in track, verse and tale is purely natural, and to incorporate the position of those small beings, the gnomes and the dwarves,  who assistance have lanterns and bring the minimal animals to Mom Earth.  There are also several superb alternatives to notify stories about the leaves altering and slipping off the trees and the seeds going to rest for Wintertime.

This would be a excellent time to change your Mother nature Desk to display all the splendor of autumn and the drawing towards wintertime. You could use a very simple autumn wreath or dried bouquets and dried seed pods or bunches of oats or wheat. A substantial platter of gourds or squashes can also be charming.

In this article is a website link to a Waldorf e-newsletter from 1978 describing a Halloween pageant of lantern lights and the sharing of harvest food items:  (you will have to scroll down):

Possibly this will spark some ideas for your have festivities! This is a wonderful time for festivities which include outdated fashioned juggling methods, playing cards tricks or other game titles. Some game titles to consider about are described on internet pages 153 – 154 of the ebook “All 12 months Round” by Drutt, Fynes-Clinton, and Rowling if you have that ebook on your shelf!

Specifically pursuing All Hallows Eve is All Saints Working day, a working day to honor saintly folks and to look ahead to the approaching festivals of saints such as Martinmas on November 11 and Saint Nicholas on December 6th. Then, on November 2, All Souls Day, was an prospect to try to remember deceased household members and pals.  People would pray to those people who had handed on to check with for blessings.  Usually  food items was remaining out overnight for the visiting spirits of this time ( soul cakes are classic!). 

Satisfied organizing, and quite a few blessings to you all.


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