Samhain is also the time when the boundary between this
world and the world of spirit is thinnest. It is the time to honor
those who have come before you, the Ancestors, and those who have passed
on in your life. It is not a time of mourning, for it is believed
that deceased loved ones have gone on to the after life, to greater things.
Divination and interaction with spirits is also commonly done on Samhain,
as it is the best timing to do so. There are many stories and myths
concerning costumes. Since the dead walk among the living on this
night it is thought people wore costumes to blend in, so the dead would
not pester the living. Another line of thinking says people wear
terrifying masks to scare evil spirits away so they would do no mischief
or harm. It is traditional to leave out a plate of food right outside
your doorway for the souls of the dead, so they may partake in the festive
feasts. A candle is placed in a window to guide loved ones home from
The Summerland. Some also bury apples in the earth to "feed" the
spiritual passerby's on their journey.
Altars are often decorated with pumpkins, pomegranates, apples, squashes and other late autumn fruits. Autumn flowers also find their place among the decorations such as marigolds and chrysanthemums. Samhain Feasts usually consist of beets, turnips, apples, corn, nuts, gingerbread, cider, meat dishes and pumpkin dishes.