North Georgia Solitaries, a family oriented church of solitary practitioners based out of the North Atlanta area, will have their Samhain celebration on October 29th at the Pioneer Campground at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, Georgia.
Festivities will begin at 3pm and will include pumpkin carving, a trick-or-treat walk for the children with spooky candy dispensing stops along the way, and a ritual followed by a pot luck dinner.
The ritual is open to all participants, including children and non-pagans, and one does not have to be a member of NGS to participate. NGS asks that all who intend to participate in ritual bring their chalice for our cakes and ale because NGS encourages individual spirituality and does not pass around one chalice for the group to share.
The evening’s festivities will culminate with a drum circle around the fire which will be kicked off with a chanting workshop, so feel free to bring any drums, instruments or noise makers.
Since it is a primitive campsite, seating is limited so bring your camping or outdoor chairs as well as a jacket or cloak for when the sun goes down. Other things to bring include food for the potluck feast, your own drinks (or you can purchase water, soda or juice from the Pagan Assistance Fund) and a pumpkin for carving and decorating.
Please feel free to wear a costume and dress up your children. Also, remember to bring a candy collecting bucket or basket for your kids if they want to participate in the trick-or-treat walk.
The celebration will last all day and probably into the night, and NGS is asking $10 for adults, $5 for teens (13-17) and $2 for children 12 and under. Register before October 20th on the NGS website, and enter the coupon code “news” to receive 20% off an adult paid ticket.
Also, start planning for Yule and include the Pagan Pathways Yule Party in your plans. NGS puts on the Pagan Pathways Festival as a fundraiser for the Pagan Assistance Fund and is throwing a Yule party this year. There will be a Holly King to tell stories and give gifts to the children and a gift exchange game for the adults. Check out the Yule Party webpage for more details.
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