Halloween Hangover (Link Roundup)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  November 1, 2011 — 6 Comments

Halloween just happened, and if you’re Pagan know what that means: a flood of “meet the Witches/Pagans” articles from a variety of media outlets. I would normally unleash the hounds, but they had a long night, so I’ll do my best to personally catch you up on the busiest media season for our family of faiths.

That’s all I have for now, if there was a favorite Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead article you think I missed, please share it in the comments section. Tomorrow we unpack some non-Halloween related news!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mirage358 Jason White

    I’m so excited that the Ball State University Society for Earth-based Religions have made it onto TWH. I’m an alumni of the group, and led them as Pres for two years – it’s an amazing group, and a community experience that I would love for any pagan in college to have. They’ve been going strong since 2003, and I’m hoping to see them going strong for many more years to come :).

  • http://www.magickal-media.com Alice C. “A.C.” Fisher Aldag

    Despite the religious right’s very real “war on Halloween”, the holiday won’t be going away anytime soon.

    According to the annual National Retail Federation Halloween spending survey, some 161 million people will celebrate Halloween — the biggest number in the 10 years the NRF has conducted the survey.

    “Total spending on the holiday will reach $6.86 billion, with the average household spending $72.31 on decorations, costumes and candy — an increase over the average of $66.28 last year.” From “Central Wisconsin Business”.

    There are similar numbers coming out of the U.K.

    Let’s hear it for consumerism, it is what makes America great!

    • Lonespark

      Americans do love Halloween. I love it too. There is a ton of consumerism, but it’s related to the celebration, rather than shopping for expensive toys and stuff. Unless there’s a new Halloween gift trend I am unaware of. I know there are lots of Halloween cards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jackson-Nels-Thorson-Eflin/1367902057 Jackson Nels Thorson Eflin

    I feel duty bound to mention that we’re not technically a Pagan Group, anyone is welcome to come. But on the other hand, “Oh my gods we’re being mentioned on The Wild Hunt!” -Also From BSU

  • http://whisperingwood.homestead.com Crick

    “Paganism doesn’t put restrictions on what you can and cannot believe,”

    This is perhaps the greatest hypocrisy affecting Neo Paganism. As a Traditional witch who actually came from a a Irish Pagan family out of the Ozarks, I was blackballed by the Open Hearth Foundation in Wash. D.C. in 2001 for expressing my beliefs which differed from theirs. Over the years I have been attacked and ostracized by Neo Pagans more times then I can count. No member of any other religion has ever attacked me for my old school beliefs in witchcraft. Perhaps its time for Neo Pagans to actually live up to their expressed tenets and accept the fact that there are many pagan paths out here that are NOT Neo Pagan…

    Crick

    • Baruch Dreamstalker

      Crick, the treatment you report is outrageous. Can you give us a time frame on when it occurred? If it’s not too much of an invasion of your privacy, can you provide an idea of what provoked it?

      I see that the Open Hearth Foundation has current links on Google. Perhaps the Foundation could weigh in and give its side.