Lorenna McKennitt's All Souls Night.
We carved our pumpkins in the late afternoon and later put them on our stoop.
We lit the fires and and candles, welcoming the night and all who would visit.
Blankets and pillows at the ready on a chilly Halloween night, we waited for visitors. We set out hot cider, wine, toasted pumpkin seeds and other treats. The soup was on and the house was warm, just in case the cold got to our bones.
The children were dressed and made ready for their evening of trick or treating. They would go off together and with a friend and we wouldn't see them again until the cold chased them indoors.
Later we huddled together near the fire as we watched the night sky change and listened to the Halloween sounds of the neighborhood. We cupped glasses of wine and mugs of hot cider and pulled the blankets around our shoulders.
Eventually the kids came home, red-cheeked and cold-scented. We soon cuddled together by the indoor fire with bowls of soup and buttered garlic bread and looked for something scary to watch while Adam announced yet another lost tooth. It was a good Samhain Night. Blessings on the turning of the wheel and a new year!