October 23: Samhain's Sirens Thriller Thursday!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Salutations from the sinister selkies!

We have thrills to enthrall on this Thor's Day.

Today is the deadline for your Forget-Me-Nots tributes/photos. Please email them to Serena at samhainssirens@gmail.com

Quick reminder: You MUST provide an email address to be considered eligible for the giveaways. If you don't provide that, then you're wasting your time in entering. By law, we must email you to notify you that you've won. We want you to have all the fun you can here!
Speaking of fun....




The winner of the Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends Oracle Reading is...

Angie Crabtree!






My Favorite October Things by Autumn Noel


I don’t know what is so special about the Halloween season; but something magickal kicks in come October. I always want to fill the entire month with festivities, from start to finish. No books can be read, no movies can be shown, and no weekends can be filled unless they are celebrating the Halloween time of year. I've been like this for as long as I can remember, and my husband thinks I take it a bit to an extreme, but this is the way I was raised and he has come to accept my Halloween spirit, even if it is twenty times greater than everyone else’s around me! I get giddy when the Halloween decorations start appearing in the craft stores and drug shops; I have pumpkins lining our flowerbeds and driveway, I live and breathe the whole year for October.

I wasn't raised in the Pagan faith, but growing up my brothers and sister and I always had a great love for Halloween. As an adult my spirituality changed, and I adopted the practices of Samhain. So now I celebrate both Samhain and Halloween, and I use the terms interchangeably. I celebrate a mixture of Pagan practices with commercial Halloween and involve my family whenever possible.

Here is a list of my favorite things to do in the month of October to celebrate the Samhain season….

  • Decorating my home from head to toe in Halloween!
  • A fresh batch of homemade apple wassil every week, even though its often too hot outside to really enjoy it A visit to the one and only pumpkin patch in the area, just to look! They’re too expensive to purchase
  • Apple cider sangria!!!
  • Pumpkin carving, every weekend
  • Wearing my orange and black apron in the evenings to cook.
  • My little ones dressed in Halloween gear almost every single day (…at least in public!)
  • My husband carving me a triple goddess and pentagram pumpkin on Halloween night
  • Dressing up as a witch on Halloween night.
  • Going for walks to look at the Halloween decoration in our neighborhood
  • All books are replaced on my toddler’s bookshelf to Halloween and Fall themes, lots are checked out from the library. The same goes for the cartoons she watches regularly. We have many Halloween episodes on DVD. 
  • An altar table set up with pictures honoring our dead ancestors, and some other public figures we love that have passed on (even if we have never met them! …Anne Boleyn anyone?)
  • An offering of apples on Samhain night, held high to the sky and asked to be blessed and then left outside for our ancestors who may cross over on this eve.
  • Handing out candy to trick-or-treaters
  • homemade caramel apples and popcorn
  • A visit to the Catholic Church on November 1st for all souls day…it’s all relative to me.


I hope this list has given you some ideas to celebrate the season, both Halloween and Samhain with your family. Have a very blessed Samhain night!!!

Trick-or-treat!!
BOO!!
-Autumn Noel













There are no words for this one. Just enjoy.




The Witches’ Kitchen by Autumn Earthsong

Anything spicy brings to mind Fall for me.  These spicy molasses cookies or ginger cookies definitely bring to mind Fall!!  They are delicious with milk or spiced cider and make a great after- school snack for the kids.  A favorite thing to do in the Fall….spread a blanket under a tree filled with Autumn color and have these cookies and some milk!  Yummy!!



Spicy Molasses Ginger Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch salt
1 1/2 sticks butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup molasses
Sugar for coating

Preheat the oven to 350* In medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt and set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and then the molasses. In thirds, gently mix in the flour mixture until just combined.
Scoop out the cookie dough into 1-inch balls, roll in some sugar and place on a cookie sheet. Then press down with the back of a spoon a bit.
Bake for 9 to 10 minutes. Remove the cookies to a rack to cool.
*Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

ENJOY, Autumn

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Pendant Giveaway from Sosanna's Closet

White Sea-glass with Swarovski crystal wrapped in silver plated wire.  Retail value - $26.00



Rules: (READ CAREFULLY)

YOU MUST PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. If you choose not to share it in the comments, please use the contact form at the top of the page to provide your email address. You must provide your email address once per giveaway.

Drawing is held by random number generation and winner will be notified in email (that's why you have to have an email address listed). Announcement will be made in tomorrow's post.

Note: These giveaways are open to the U.S., Canada and where allowable. Void where prohibited.
Canadian residents, please pay close attention as by law, you have to use a different set of rules. Not to worry, we have you covered :)


CANADIANS READ HERE: You will be given X number of entries for answering the following (remember, we STILL NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS):

What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?

U.S. Citizens, and others- READ HERE:

1. Go to the Sosanna's Closet .  Look over the site and tell us which product you like best.

EXTRA ENTRIES: (USE SEPARATE COMMENTS. If you throw them all into one comment, it counts as one entry only)

2. Be a follower of this blog. Comment that you are following us.

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5. Blog about this giveaway (comment with the url for your blog entry)

6. Tweet about this giveaway (come back and give us the url for your tweet)

So, all in all, you get 6 entries for this giveaway! The deadline for entries is midnight eastern time (11 Central, 10 Mountain, 9 Pacific) tonight. Announcement tomorrow, same time, same bat channel ;)

Questions? Email Serena.

89 comments:

  1. I like the sirens FB page
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  2. Sosanna's Witch hats are my favorite! What imagination and style!!

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  4. I get comments/ notifcations from "sosanna;s Closet" michelle.dauberman9915@gmail.com

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  5. I faithfully follow the Siren's blog! So much info and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Autumn's Recipes!!! Michelle.dauberman9915.gmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle! I'm glad you like them!!! <3

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  6. 1. Am I ever grooving on the black and white plaid cape in Sosanna's Closet! It's nice she doesn't mind me rummaging. :)
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  7. I like the Samhain's Sirens Facebook page.

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  8. I like Sosanna's Closet's Facebook page.

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  9. I follow (and love) Samhain's Sirens....autumnearthsong@yahoo.com

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  10. I like Sosanna's Closet and love the beautiful Witch hats! autumnearthsong@yahoo.com

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  11. I follow Sirens on facebook! autumnearthsong@yahoo.com

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  12. Love Autumn Noel's list of fun things to do for Samhain/Halloween! We do many of the same things for my grandkids..especially the Halloween/Fall themed books and cartoons :)

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  13. I love Sosanna's witch's hats! Do you think I could garden wearing one of those?

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    1. You could totally garden in one!! <3 Thanks Johanna!

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  14. I am a huge fan of Sosanna's Closet, the FB page!

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  15. I love the Samhain's Sirens FB page and get notifications too!

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  16. I follow the Samhain's Sirens blog and check it every morning as soon as I get online to read the latest post!

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  17. I absolutely LOVE the copper wire jewelry at Sosanna's Closet! jlandrist@gmail.com

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  18. I LOVE and get notifications on Sosanna's Closet's FB page.

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  19. The wire-wrapped rock & stone are my current faves in Sosanna's closet! jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

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  20. I follow the Sirens on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

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  21. I follow Sosanna on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

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  22. Molasses cookies...yum! Halloween shoes, socks, & decorations are for all year long :)

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  26. I like Sosann's Closet on Facebook somcakATgmail.com

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  27. I love the hats and capes. And the jewelry. And the things she does with clay is simply breathtaking! I can't find a thing NOT to like lol.

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  29. I love the Sirens FB page.


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  30. I rummage through Sosanna's Closet on FB regularly and think I found the way through to Narnia!


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  31. love the witches hat! (really love it all but I have to chose 1, not an easy task)

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  32. I follow this blog. brevsmom@aol.com

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  33. I like Sosanna's Closet facebook page.

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  34. I have several things from Sosanna's Closet. I love the witch hats (I have one, they are superb!) and I have a couple of the clay pieces, excellent work! Right now, I'm eyeing a wire wrapped jasper. :)

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  35. I tweeted https://twitter.com/HemlockGarnet/status/525295905990123520

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  36. I blogged http://sagascottage.blogspot.com/2014/10/samhains-sirens-october-23-samhains.html

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  37. I like the beautiful copper serpentine bracelet on the Sosanna's Closet website!
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  38. I am an avid follower of SS on FB!
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  39. I am an avid follower of the SS blog!
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  40. I follow Sosanna's Closet on FB!
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  41. I like the tattooed skull.

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  42. I love following this blog.

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  43. I still like Sosanna's Closet on Facebook.

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  44. I did a blog on this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2014/10/pendant-giveaway.html

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  45. My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/525376962337177600

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    Wishing you all luck! ^_^

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  46. Autumn Noel, I loved reading about the things you enjoy doing in October. I grew up in a household where Samhain/Halloween was celebrated over the top. So don't feel bad if some thinks you take it to the extreme because my mother always did (along with all the other sabbats & holidays).

    Jen, I really enjoyed this song. This was my first time listening to it. Lovely song really.

    Autumn Earthsong, those cookies do look delicious. ^_^

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  47. THE ANSWER TO LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING IS; 42.....snowmoon7@shaw.ca I LOVE, LOVE, THE SEA GLASS PENDANT BY SOSANNA'S CLOSET!!!! MY NECK IS 'SCREAMING' OUT FOR IT!! LOL...SOSANNA'S CLOSET HAS FAR TOO MANY THINGS THAT I WANT!!! BEAUTIFUL WITCH HATS, POTTERY, JEWELRY, ALL FROM A VERY TALENTED LADY! (:

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  48. AUTUMN NOEL....I LOVED YOUR BLOG TODAY!!! I LOVE OCTOBER, HALLOWEEN, AND SAMHAIN AS MUCH AS YOU DO, SO I DEF APPRECIATE THE "LIST" YOU HAVE INCLUDED!! I WOULD LOVE 12 MONTHS OF "OCTOBERS"...! AND AUTUMN EARTHSONG, YOU REALLY NEED TO WRITE A COOKBOOK IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, I WOULD BUY THE FIRST COPY!!!!! XO S (:

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    1. I'd be next in line for that cook book Autumn Earthsong! Just saying!! Hint! Hint!

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    2. LOLOL....!!! YES!!!! BIG "HINTS" AUTUMN.....! (:

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  49. **Happy Dance, Happy Dance** Yay me!! I'm so excited! Thank you so much!!
    I tweeted about my win and today's post
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  50. I not only follow, I shamelessly stalk Sosanna's Closet FB page :P
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  51. Anxiously waiting to see the finished Salt Pigs at Sosanna's Closet, and I ADORE her hats!
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  52. Apple cider sangria?? Oh my! Sounds wonderful!
    I follow this blog
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  53. I "like" and get notifications from the Siren's FB page
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  54. I like and follow this blog.
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  55. I liked Sosanna's closet last year about this time :)
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  56. The woolen hooded robes are looking good about this time of year. They loom like they would be nice and warm!
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  57. I have liked the SS FB page, as well as receiving notifications. Everyone should!
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  58. I almost forgot, I still like the Sirens FB page of course. ^_^

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