Samhain on a Shoestring (Halloween on a Budget!)

(Not exactly sure what it means to celebrate Samhain? No need to hang your Pagan head in shame. Catch up here.)

It's Samhain season, pumpkin truckers!

I think I just accidentally discovered a new reality show— Pumpkin Truckers: No (pumpkin) guts, no glory!

Anyone? Not funny? Okay.

You can withhold love all you want, my friends, but the most wonderful time of The Wheel is here! So brew a big batch of PSLs, witches, because it’s going to be an October brimming with spells and magick and scary movies and chocolate. CHOCOLATE, I do declare!

#Haven’tStartedInOnHalloweenCandy #NotOnSugarHigh #PinkyPromise

Below I’ve included some brand new goodies along with some beloved oldies to help you celebrate Samhain without abusing your wallet. I’m talking new rituals, brand new printables to help you decorate, and some of my favorite edible spells I’ve shared in the past. 

If you enjoy these freebies or simply can't get enough of Halloween, please consider supporting Penniless Pagan by purchasing a copy of  Samhain Traditions, which is packed with 13 completely new spells and rituals not offered on the site. Every purchase keeps the blog alive and is very much appreciated! ♥

Without further distractions, here are some low-cost and cost-free ways to get your Halloween on!

Remembrance Rituals

Through the Veil Paper Pumpkins

Cut out a pumpkin shape using black construction paper. Use a hole punch to poke holes into the paper. A sharp pencil will also work in a pinch. Each hole will represent the spirit of a transcended loved one you’d like to remember, so make as many holes as necessary. With a silver or white pen write one person’s name above each hole. When you are done, hang the paper pumpkin in a window that gets good moonlight. As the moon rises on Samhain night take a moment to stand before the pumpkin and say, “You are remembered.” As the moon rises in the sky the silvery moonlight will illuminate your paper pumpkin, each hole shining in loving remembrance of a transcended soul!

Linked Together Paper Chain

Once again, break out the construction paper. Listen, I know it’s strange to be thirtysomething and still use construction paper regularly, but it’s affordable and the sound of scissors cutting through a fresh sheet just does it for me. Okay?

Cut strips of orange and black construction paper. On the black strips write the name of a transcended loved one. On the orange strips write any messages you wish to convey to them. Link them together with tape or staples, alternating black and orange. You can, of course, make extra links so you have enough chain to string around your room. Have fun with it! It’s okay to be a little silly, even if you’re sorely missing your deceased friends and family.

On Samhain night, take a few moments to read the names and messages aloud (or in your mind if uber self-conscious) and when you are done simply say, “You are remembered.”  

Ribbons in the Wind Ancestor Tree

Head outside and find a few smaller tree branches (twigs really) that will make a nice little tree decoration for your altar or table, something you can stick in a vase and hang ribbons from. Think: twig bouquet.

Now you’ll need to cut some ribbon. I recommend using orange ribbon and black ribbon, because it makes for a really beautiful display. But you can use whatever you fancy. Cut yourself several pieces of each, roughly 8-10 inches long. Using a black or silver marker, write the names of your transcended loved ones on the ribbon. One name to each ribbon (extra ribbon is fine for decoration purposes). When you are done, tie or hang each ribbon onto your ancestor tree. As you tie each ribbon on say aloud, “You are remembered.”

As an alternative you can simply tie the ribbons to a real tree outside, preferably an evergreen (representing the eternal nature of their souls).  

You Light Up My Life Mini Pumpkin Candles

Did you know mini pumpkins make amazing candle holders for tea lights? Simply carve out the top as you would cut into any pumpkin, scoop out any innards, and voila! Pumpkin tea light holder. Of course, that’s just a decoration, not a remembrance ritual. Soooo....

Use a permanent marker to write the name of a loved one across the outside of the pumpkin, one name to a pumpkin. As dusk falls on Samhain night, light your miniature pumpkin candles to honor their passing. As match touches wick say aloud (you guessed it!), “You are remembered.”

Free Printables

Note: The Penniless Pagan hippie chick is only displayed for web security. Click the link below for printable (and watermark free) version!

Click HERE to download and print your very own Pagan art. 

Edible Magick

Hope you all have a candied-apple, nougat-filled, magickally-inspired, hauntingly-good Samhain! 

Happy Halloween, everyone! 

 Looking for more ways to celebrate Samhain? Check out Samhain Traditions: 13 Simple & Affordable Halloween Spells & Rituals for the Witches' New Year! Every purchase helps keep alive and supplied with tons of free material, so thank you! ♥

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The Witch's Guide to Mabon

Do you have a mug of apple cider? If you don't, I need you to immediately get up and find yourself a cup of apple-y goodness or a pumpkin-spiced treat before you begin this post. Go ahead...I'll wait.

*Sips cider*

Mabon is here, which means it's time for nutmeg, autumn leaves, and some serious sweater weather! And isn't that the best part of autumn—coziness, fall beauty, and scrumptious baked goods?!

Mabon is the first official day of fall, even if Samhain decorations have been in stores for a solid 6 weeks by now.

Seriously, retail industry, we're not going to forget the major holidays. Can you chill out a little bit? Live in the moment, man. Find your zen, dude. 

Anyone else smell patchouli?

Anyway, the autumn equinox (or what we Pagans call Mabon) is when sunlight and nighttime are equal. After today, the darkness will overcome the light by roughly a minute per day as The Wheel churns towards winter. As nature (Goddess) begins to slow down and harvests become less plentiful, the God begins his transition towards physical death, which we acknowledge on Samhain. Mabon is also referred to as the Witches' Thanksgiving, a time when we embrace gratitude for all the bounties in our lives (edible and otherwise!). 

Mabon occurs between September 20-23. Like the vernal equinox, Mabon is about finding balance in your life, which often manifests as a need to balance work and home life in our modern go, go, go era. But take a few moments on this cool autumn morning to reflect on your own personal circumstances. Is there an area that's been overlooked? Now is the time to give that aspect of your life a little love. Not sure where to begin? Why not ask your Guides for some direction by using this Autumn Moon Tarot Spread?

If you're looking to incorporate the colors of Mabon into your home or altar, the supplies are just outside your door! Rich crimson, golden yellow, vibrant orange, and grounding brown are the hues of the season! Fallen leaves, acorns, apples, gourds, maize/corn, and even pine cones are all appropriate equinox decorations. Need some inspiration? Check out this natural Mabon altar!

Interested in celebrating this Mabon with a festive nosh? Whip up the flavors of autumn with earthy pumpkin, roasted nuts, corn, late summer berries, squash, cinnamon, and nutmeg to commemorate this quarter sabbat. Better yet, why not weave some magick into your autumnal meal? Check out these edible spells for some tasty castings!

If dirtying a pile of dishes isn't your thing, don't fret! I've got TEN ways for you to celebrate this hoodie-weather sabbat without spending a dime! 

Whether you cast and conjure your Mabon away or simply stroll through your neighborhood and enjoy the crisp autumn air, I hope you have a magickally-filled, apple-scented, fallen-leaves kind of Mabon!

🍎🍁 Blessed Mabon, everyone! 🍁🍎

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Full Moon's Secrets Tarot Ritual

The Full Moon is the siren of the sky, calling to us, beckoning us to play. Under her silver luminescence we cast and conjure, weaving spells and whispered incantations that swirl into the ether like fairy dust in the wind. 

We dance beneath her pale moonbeams as she draws something out of us, an innate connection to the hushed earth and star-kissed sky as all the unspoken wonder and majesty of the nighttime world hums through our veins beneath her rapturous light, carried by the same blood we share with our ancestors. We worship her snowy glow and meditate in her pooling light. We draw on her energy to enchant and incant. So often it is us who does the talking. Telling her of her beauty. Asking of her energies. But now it is time to listen! ;)

This Full Moon’s Secrets Tarot Ritual is part meditation, part conversation with that lustrous gal we call the Moon. It’s a few minutes spent in the silence of her magic(k)al light, allowing her energies to enter us and whisper their secrets. It’s simple but sincere. Quiet but also quite fun. It’s a wonderful way to spend a few minutes on a Full Moon’s night any time of year! So, shuffle up and enjoy, my moon-loving friends!

What You’ll Need:

A deck of tarot cards (you can also use runes, ogham, etc)
The Moon (Preferably Earth’s)

How to Conjure:

With your tarot cards in hand, sit quietly in the moonlight, taking deep slow breaths as you marvel at the Full Moon’s beauty. Envision her energy spiraling out of the sky, infusing your deck with silvery moonlight. Imagine the deck is glowing brightly, sending cool vibrations into the palms of your hands.

When you are ready, begin shuffling the deck as you chant:

Full Moon Goddess, reveal your secrets to me in a draw of three.

Continue chanting and shuffling until you feel the deck no longer needs shuffling, or until three cards have popped out. Remember, any cards that fall out during shuffling want to be heard. Unless you drop a bunch. Then you’re probably just clumsy. ;)  

Once you have your three cards, determine their meaning and notate in a journal, Book of Shadows, etc. If you’re still learning tarot, take a moment to appreciate the art of each card and note any intuition you feel before referencing the book.

See, simple yet meaningful! I hope you all enjoyed this ritual. But please remember, we don't gnaw on our Full Moon. Just love her. Stroke her. 

...Does anyone need a Hot Pocket? =P

Happy Full Moon!

Enjoy this free spell? Support the blog by treating yourself to a copy of By the Light of the Moon: 13 Simple & Affordable Pagan Spells & Rituals for a Year of Full Moon Celebrations! Every purchase helps keep the site alive and supplied with loads of free material, so thank you! ♥

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NOTE: As with any recommendation found on this blog, consult your doctor or naturopath before use.
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The Ultimate Guide to Self-Care

Isn't it strange how when we need self-care the most we usually feel too burned-out, overwrought, and generally incapable of carving out 15 lousy minutes to do something for ourselves? If you're anything like me then just the task of deciding on what the hell to do can feel like too much when you're cresting on overwhelmed. Instead, you settle in with something sugar-laden and your old buddy—the remote—and you don't resurface until Netflix asks if you're still watching. I'm fairly certain they use that black screen of judgement on purpose. I get it, Netflix. I need to do something with my hair. Can I just get back to my binge of The Office, please and thank you?!

Sometimes crashing out can be just the ticket to feeling rested and restored. But many times what we really need is something nourishing for the mind, body, and/or soul to feel rejuvenated. Fortunately for you this witch loves herself some lists, so the hard work is already done for you! ;)

Brew yourself a mug of motivation and let's explore some easy ways to give yourself some much needed self-love. And don't forget to bookmark this bad boy for those kick-you-in-the-ass kinda days! ♥


Beautiful You by Rosie Molinary
For a when you need a reminder that you're beautiful, baby! ♥

Bliss to You by Dean Koontz
Who's better suited to give you life advice than a dog? I keep this book on my nightstand. Love it!

Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie
Thought-provoking insights to deepen your spirituality.

Heart Thoughts by Louise Hay (Illustrated by Katie Daisy)
Not going to lie, Katie Daisy sold me on this. I adore her illustrations; they make my heart happy! And the reflections or "heart thoughts" are gentle reminders for self-love. 

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig 
"You want to win? You got to fuel like a winner!" -Dwight Schrute, The Office
...But seriously, self-care isn't just cupcakes and lattes. Nourish yourself! =D

The Self-Care Spell Book by Penniless Pagan (Hey, that's me!)
A magickal book brimming with spells and rituals for self-care and self-love that's perfect for Pagans, Wiccans, witches, empaths, and highly-sensitive people! 


Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel
I love, love, LOVE this journal! It's a beautiful guided journal with short but thought-provoking prompts, which makes it a lovely go-to for when you want to spend some time writing but don't want to commit to an afternoon of self-reflection.

Good Days Start with Gratitude by Pretty Simple Press
A simple guided journal to encourage an attitude of gratitude. You know, like the title says! =P

Let That Sh*t Go: A Journal for Leaving Your Bullsh*t Behind by Monica Sweeney
An acerbic journal loaded with swears? It's pretty much everything I seek in a friend. 


Think Vitality
I flipping LOVE QiGong, but I had zero clue what the heck it was until I stumbled upon Jeff Chand's AMAZING Youtube channel. I mean ah-mazing, ya'll! Seriously. I can feel you doubting me! Stop that right this instant and put that energy toward Calming and Grounding the Mind. This 15 minute routine for Stress and Vitality is a go-to when I'm feeling, well, stressed or unvital devital less than optimal. =D

Yoga with Adriene
I've mentioned Adriene on the blog before. That's because she's wonderful! And she's got yoga for just about every complaint. 

For when you're angry...
In need of mental balance...
After work (my favorite!)...
Have a migraine...

See? I would never lie to you. 


Numi Roobios Tea
A cup of this on a rainy day. Add a touch of honey and a splash of cream. Oh geez... I'm going to need a moment...

Andalou Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask
This mask smells amazing and makes your skin vibrant! But fair warning, you won't be able to keep your husband away from you. I'm going to be honest, I think it has less to do with my face than that I smell like pie.

Everyday Witch Tarot
I've mentioned this deck several times on the blog. The reason is simple—I absolutely love it! Stunning artwork. Easy to read. Relatable interpretations. I adore this deck! 

I *LOVE* this candle! Made with pure essential oils, it's not overbearing but the smell is ah-mazing! Unquestionably my absolute favorite witchy goodie! 

Celtic Tree Oracle
Wisdom from Irish trees. ;)


Jessica Dimas
This lovely lady is a blogger friend who has her s#!t together when it comes to self-care. Not sure where to begin with self-care? Check out her post on How to Get Started with Self-Care. If you're an empath, then you know just how important self-care is! Take a peek at her article on Self-Care for Empaths. And since I love her just oh-so much, here's a third post on Easy Self-Care During Stressful Times. 

OtherWordly Oracle
This is a great resource for all things witch, but I particularly enjoy her Witchy Books and Tea Pairings series. I'm *pretty* sure there's no better act of self-love than carving out some time for a page-turning read and a delectable cup of tea! 

Yes and Yes
Admittedly, this isn't a blog I frequent regularly. BUT this article on self-care vs self-sabotage is a must read! Because sometimes we do need a cupcake and an afternoon off. But Death by Chocolate is a slippery slope, my friends. A slippery slope! 


Rose Sugar Scrub from Beauty Crafter
The name says it all. 

Tea Foot Soak  from Happy Mothering
Tea for your feet!

Lemon Mint Foot Soak from Ruffles and Rainboots
Sounds soothing on a hot day!

Emotional Rejuvenation Bath
Because people are stupid. *Innocent smile*

Tea cures all! 

Lavish yourself with goodies from your kitchen!

Whether you spend an hour sipping tea and reading tarot or simply take ten minutes to sit in silence, never underestimate the value of self-care. Or the rejuvenating powers of an occasional Netflix binge. =P

The possibilities are endless! What is your favorite act of self-care?

Looking for more self-care? Check out The Self-Care Spell Book for spells and rituals for witchcraft self-care!  Every purchase helps keep the blog alive and supplied with free material, so thank you! ♥

By using this site, you agree you have read the full DISCLAIMER.
NOTE: As with any recommendation found on this blog, consult your doctor or naturopath before use.
Some of the above links are affiliate links, which means I make a small percentage AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. Affiliate links help keep alive and supplied, so thank you!!♥