Samhain Rituals and Ceremonies

Samhain is the time of year when the nights grow darker, there's a chill in the air, and there's a thinning of the veil between our world and the realm of the spirits. For many Pagans this is a time of reflection and spiritual growth. Looking for a ceremony or ritual to celebrate the Pagan sabbat of Samhain? Here's where you'll find a number of rituals and ceremonies, all of which can be adapted either for solitaries or a group.

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Use symbols of the season to decorate your Samhain altar. Image by Patti Wigington 2011

The evening of October 31 is known as Samhain. It's a time to mark the endless, ongoing cycle of life and death. Here are some ideas for dressing up your home altar. More »

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Take some time to get to know your ancestors. Image by NoDerog/E+/Getty Images

Looking for prayers to celebrate the Pagan sabbat of Samhain? Try some of these, which honor the ancestors and celebrate the end of the harvest and the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Learn more about Samhain prayers. More »

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In many cultures, gods of death and dying are honored at Samhain. Image by Johner Images/Getty Images

Samhain is known as the witch's new year. It is a time to think about the endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth. With this ritual, you can celebrate all three aspects either with a group or as a solitary. More »

Take a moment at Samhain to remember those who have been forgotten. Image by Germán Vogel/Moment Open/Getty Images
As Samhain rolls around and the veil grows thin each year, many people in the Pagan community take the opportunity to hold rituals honoring the dead. However, there’s one group that is typically overlooked at this time of year. It’s the people who passed through the veil with no one to mourn them, no one to remember their names, no loved ones left behind to remember them. Those are the people honored in this ritual. More »
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In some Wiccan traditions, people choose to honor the God and Goddess, rather than focusing on the harvest aspect of the holiday. If this is something you'd like to do, this ritual welcomes the Goddess in her persona as Crone, and the Horned God of the autumn hunt. More »

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Set up an altar to honor your ancestors - if you're working with younger kids, you may want to skip the candles. Image by Patti Wigington 2010

For many Wiccans and Pagans, the honoring of the ancestors is a key part of their spirituality. This ceremony can be held by itself or as part of a group of Samhain rituals. More »

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Let your child participate in ritual as much - or as little - as he or she is ready for. Image by Siri Stafford/Stone/Getty Images

 Are you looking for a simple Samhain ritual you can perform with younger children? This ritual is appropriate for smaller family members, and celebrates the theme of honoring the ancestors at Samhain. More »

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Have you taken the time to learn about your own heritage?. Image by Imagesbybarbara/E+/Getty Images

It's Samhain, and that means for many Pagans and Wiccans it's time to commune with the ancestors. Use this simple meditation technique to call upon those who walked before us -- you may be surprised at some of the people you meet! More »

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Honor your ancestors with flowers and candles. Image by Witold Skrypczak/Lonely Planet/Getty Images

Are you planning a cemetery visit as part of your Samhain celebrations? Here are some tips and ideas for how to plan a Samhain cemetery visit to honor the dead. More »

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Celebrate Samhain and honor the animals in your life. Image by Christian Michaels/Image Bank/Getty Images

Man's relationship with animals has evolved over thousands of years. Where once they were only a source of food, now they are our companions. Take a moment to honor the animal spirits in a ritual for Samhain. More »

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Mark the end of the harvest with a Samhain ritual. Image by Stefan Arendt/Getty Images

Samhain falls on October 31, and is known as the Witch's New Year. You can celebrate it as the end of the harvest, and honor the return of the King of Winter. More »