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Last night my fairy ring showed up again. I slept through their dance.

This is situated between 2 huge pines on my property. I believe that a fungous connecting the 2 root systems is sending up these mushrooms.

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In England, the Wild Hunt was called Herla-thing (Herla’s Assembly) AKA Herla Cyning, Erl King—Elf King. Most think of him as a form of Woden/Odin. Close your eyes.

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Cowboy Halloween!

Ghost Riders in the Sky seem to me a modern version of the Wild Hunt. Ghosts riding forever with the Devil. Don’t get in their path!    

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Lady harvesting souls!

Epona was a horse goddess popular in the Gaul and Britain. She also transported souls to heaven and hell. Fear her or embrace her, it depends on the life you’ve led!

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The origin of trick or treaters? The Wild Hunt occurred when a host of gods and goddesses flew through the sky in search of the souls of the recently dead. Odin was the leader—harvested souls would go to Valhalla if they’d died in battle, others going to Asgard, the damned going to be with Helle in the Underworld. Does this not remind you of Trick or Treaters?

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Halloween Turnip

In Ireland and Scotland, turnips are still used to carve Jack-o-lanterns.

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Frightful night full

Boo at the Zoo!

The Louisville Zoo will haunt you!

October 1–3, 7–10, 14–17, 21–24, & 28-30 2021 (Thursdays – Sundays)
Party starts at 5 p.m. Route closes at 10 p.m.
Special Tickets Required for all Guests ages 3+

And a Virtual Costume Contest.

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Fairy rings/witch’s circles/elf rings. This is my yard in Louisville. If I find out which one of the 3 are dancing in my yard, I will join them. Fair warning, tradition warns against entering a ring.

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SOULING is an old custom in the British Isles and Portugal where children and even adults sing soul cake songs and beg for fruit and Soul cakes (soulmass cakes). This was perhaps an older version of trick-or-treating.

Recipe: cup sugar, 4 cups flour, 2 eggs, cup butter, spices—nutmeg/ cinnamon/ginger/allspice, raisins/currants, milk. These are the size of scones but with a cross on top.

Song:

Soul, Soul, a soul cake!
I pray thee, good missus, a soul cake!
One for Peter, two for Paul,
three for Him what made us all!
Soul Cake, soul cake, please good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, or a cherry, any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul, & three for Him who made us all

Outside the Ring O’ Bells

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Maya Day of the Dead (Mayan Halloween)

In the Yucatan peninsula, both homes and businesses feature Hanal Pixan altars. Not be missed is the Paseo de Animas (Parade of Souls). The list of foods for Hanal Pixan is long, but the favorite is mucbil pollos, huge chicken tamales.

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