Halloween - Scentsy Style
I was too busy yesterday to do a Friday Fragrance blog so i am invoking some poetic licence and celebrating Halloween in this Saturday Scents Blog...
On thing that surprised me when i moved to Ireland was how much they LOVE to celebrate Halloween or Samhain. This Gaelic harvest festival held on October 31–November 1 has influenced the secular customs now connected with Halloween.
Samhain has some elements of a Festival of the Dead in it and bonfires played a large part in the festivities. People and their livestock would often walk between two bonfires as a cleansing ritual, and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames. These were NOT Cozy Firesides! (Warm spice notes with zesty ginger and cinnamon are in our Cozy Fireside Scentsy bar).
Whatever the celtic roots of these celebrations there is no getting away from the excitement of little ones waiting for trick or treat night. Our daughter gets excited still about all the sweets, chocolate and biscuits she will bring home. Instead of a sugar rush i will stick with my bars of Sugar Cookie with its warm, sweet blend of butter, sugar, and creamy vanilla.
Halloween for me was always about the apple bobbing - the one day of the year my father would go nuts and get a little too competitive in his wish to be the best bobber. The scent of Apple Press Scentsy Bar reminds me of this great family game with its smell of crisp autumn days: crunchy apples, juicy pears, and just a hint of the last full roses of the summer.
As a child i loved carving my Halloween Lantern, most people use a pumpkin but we used turnips. Now i cant say that a Scentsy Bar of Turnip would really sell but Scentsy's Pumpkin Roll with its aroma of creamy pumpkin pie filling surrounded with yellow cake, pecans, butter, and spice.
I don't think it matters what age you are at Halloween, if your going to celebrate you need to get dressed up in something spooky and fun. To save the pennies when we were little we would make ghost costumes with bed sheets - but never the Satin Sheets. Had i used my mothers Satin Sheets she would have KILLED US and made us into real ghosts!!
I am excited for this year's celebrations as i get to show off my new Halloween decorations - our All Hallows Eve warp on our Silhouette warmer. These menacing, mirthful jack-o-lanterns in an eerie pumpkin patch shine through and should scare off even the most scary ghosts.
What will you be doing to celebrate Halloween this year - let us know in the comments below.