I wasn't sure where to put this as it's not really Halloween but it is related (I think it would get lost in the Christmas shuffle if i posted in "winter holidays").
I know there are some swaps dealing with Samhein but I am looking for ideas for actual celebrations and crafts for these events - I took part in a really amazing Samhain retreat a few years back and I'd love to host my own this year. I am familiar with the history and purpose behind this celebration but for this year I am going to lean more toward the general aspects of it (the harvest, new beginnings, growth, etc) rather than the Pagan - I totally respect the Pagan ideas but I think that my girlfriends may not be as savy and/or open to them as I am and I'd like to be sensitive to that. I think I can focus on the idea of creativity and how we all get stuck - this will be an opportunity to help each other get unstuck in the coming season
For crafts I'm thinking: making small altars, decorating blank books for journals, small candle holders for use on an alter...
If weather permits I'll have a bonfire and I'd like to have a small ceremony - I'd love to hear ideas for this (crafts,decorating the space, food to serve)...anything you might think would make this a great celebration.
Thanks so much!