Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What is Samhain?

To most who celebrate the holiday, the meaning of Samhain (sa: win) is summer’s end. It’s the time when the harvest has been gathered and the leaves begin to fall.

This time is also for remembrance of those who've passed before us. Some believe that the veil between the dead and living is at its thinnest on this night. They use it as an opportunity to give thanks to their ancestors and ask nature for another fruitful year.

The next day begins a new earth cycle. The celebration of birth and renewal.

Traditionally, Samhain is celebrated by the family gathering around an outdoor fire, sharing a meal and telling stories of family who've passed over.

Now that doesn't seem so sinister, does it?

The traditional food for a Samhain feast uses fruits and vegetables from the fall harvest. Here are a couple of recipes you may like:

Samhain Pumpkin Muffins

1 C. sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ C. vegetable shortening
2/3 C. sugar
1 large egg
½ C. canned, mashed pumpkin
2 Tbsp. milk

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
Cream shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Beat in egg.
Combine pumpkin and milk in a small bowl. Alternate adding dry mix and pumpkin mix to cream mixed stirring well after each addition.
Spoon batter into paper lined muffin tins.
Bake at 350 for twenty minutes.

Easy Samhain Apple Spread

8 oz. soft cream cheese
1 C. grated cheddar cheese
¼ C. mayonnaise
Dash of sugar
1 C. chopped apple with peel
½ C. chopped celery
½ C. chopped pecans

Mix together creamed cheese and cheddar until well blended.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Serve with crackers or vegetables.


  1. Interesting post. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Have a blessed Samhain, too. Thanks for the recipes!

  3. I'm actually reading the original to my children - the language is a bit advanced for them to read it on their own. I might try the recipe out on them also!

    1. Sorry Maddy, I'm confused. You're reading the original what?

  4. Hi Sandy! Wow! Thank you for all these great recipes. I'll try them out and let you know how they were.