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Halloween Mood Board and Writing Prompts

Over 2,000 years ago, Celtic pagans celebrated their New Year on November 1st. Called Samhain, it was considered the end of summer and the arrival of the dark half of the year. The night before, they would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward of ghosts. Celtic pagans believed that at this time of year the veil between the world of the living and the dead became thinner then at any other time of the year, and the ghosts returned to walk among the living.

As time past, and and Christianity was introduced to the region, those traditions were merged with other Roman and Christian holidays into one day of celebration known as Halloween. In the colonial US, Halloween was celebrated sporadicly in some regions, spurred mainly by European immigrants in southern states, mainly as harvest festivals where ghost stories where told.

It wasn’t until a flood of Irish immigrants, fleeing to the US to escape the Potato Famine in the middle of the 19th century, that this changed. The Irish brought their beloved Celtic traditions with them, helping to turn Halloween into the nationally celebrated holiday it is today, filled with activities like trick or treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, and watching scary movies.

So I wanted to create a list of prompts that covered both Halloween’s modern day traditions and it’s historical origins. I would love to hear how they inspire you,

Halloween Writing Prompts

Hissing black cats
The thinning veil
Scrying mirror
A ghost’s reflection
Graveyard ruins
What black thumbs grow
Whispers of ancestors
The full moon compels
Dancing with the Devil
The crunch of fallen leaves
Pointy hats and shoes
Pumpkin fields
Tasseography

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