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    People often associate witches with Halloween, but the holiday they celebrate isn’t about costumes and candy. Samhain (pronounced sow-een) is the Celtic and Pagan holiday celebrating the beginning of winter. Held on the night of October 31st­—when it’s believed that the veil between the world of the living and the dead is thin—it's an ideal time to contact and remember loved ones who have passed. Many of the traditions involve delicious harvest foods, like our two faves below.COLCANNON For Wiccans and some other Pagans, Samhain is...
Whether you’re hosting a haunted get together or just want to sip something boozy while you watch scary movies alone in the dark, treat yourself to this spicy take on a classic Dark and Stormy. Instead of the traditional lime wedge garnish, it’s topped with a round orange slice and a clove (to resemble a pumpkin, of course). For a frightening finishing touch, it gets doused with blood, aka Peychaud’s Bitters. Cheers, witches.  Red Rum // Makes 2 cocktailsINGREDIENTS 1 orange Peychaud’s Bitters4 oz. dark, spiced...

  BUST's witch-in-residence, Callie Watts, rounds up her favorite magical goods for this Halloween season. 1. Witches don’t really fly on brooms, but they do use special ones called besoms for energy cleansing and protection. The handle of this one has an intricately carved “Green Man,” an ancient motif thought to symbolize rebirth. Hand Carved Hearth Broom in Rust, $67, broomchick.etsy.com  2. Display your fave stones and herbs on this beautiful wooden shelf with a moon phase cutout in its back panel. Mountain Shelf, $62.64, coppermoonboutique.etsy.com  3. These apothecary...

  Instead of going trick-or-treating many practicing witches instead mark October 31st by celebrating Samhain, a Celtic and Pagan holiday celebrating the beginning of winter. It's held on the night of October 31st, when it's believed that the veil between the world of the living and the dead is thin. We're bringing you one way to celebrate Samhain, excerpted from the Modern Witchcraft Guide To The Wheel Of The Year: From Samhain To Yule, Your Guide To The Wiccan Holidays by Judy Ann Nock.   THE DEAD SUPPER One way to...
This following is a satire about the importance we continue to have on traditional gender roles. The piece does not reflect my personal history of planing a wedding (love you, mom and dad). Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! We know planning a Lesbian wedding can be challenging, no doubt. With two women making all the decisions, it can be hard to agree on anything. So many ideas to talk through! At How to Plan a Lesbian Wedding, we have spent over two years researching and interviewing Lesbian brides and their...

Despite their reputation for straight-laced sobriety, the Victorians celebrated Halloween with great enthusiasm—and often with outright abandon. Victorian Halloween parties were filled with fun, games, and spooky rituals, some of which still feature at Halloween parties today. Many of the games had origins in pagan religion or medieval superstition. Others were merely a means of making merry with one’s friends. Regardless, Halloween parties of the 19th century were an occasion for indulging in what author Hugh Miller describes in his 1876 book Scenes and Legends...
On Friday, October 20th, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum launched the exhibit Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. The show looks at the overlap between craft and forensics — a rarely considered intersection — by displaying miniature dioramas of crime scenes made by the remarkable Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962). Murder Is Her Hobby marks the first time these dioramas, created in the 1940s and used to this day as teaching materials, will be...
    On October 4, 2017, Army Sergeant La David T. Johnson was killed in action in Niger. His body was recovered two days later on October 6th, and his wife Myeshia Johnson waited with her two children for his return to US soil for burial. What should have been a straightforward and tragic story of a young family mourning the loss of an American hero, unfortunately turned into Donald Trump’s newest smear campaign — this time against Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL). Now, all anyone can talk about...
  Suffragette City is a collective made up of artists, writers, and musicians aiming to break up the cis male-dominated creative scene. Their DIY zine elevates work made by women and genderqueer artists. Suffragette relies heavily on its punk rock ethos, providing a zine that is independently produced by a small team of local artists. But don't let the word "DIY" fool you into thinking that this is some amateurish endeavor! Gwynn Galitzer, founder of Suffragette City, is a self-proclaimed "graphic design nerd" and no newcomer to...
  I swear to GOD, I like to write about other shit too. But dammit all to hell if the motherfucking hits just keep on rolling. Have you seen this?    Scott Rosenberg's... apology? If we're calling it that? Take a moment. Read it. Let it wash over you. Then take a shower and pour a scotch. I'll wait. I know this is old news. I saw it the day it came out. I skimmed it. I rolled my eyes. I moved on. But I revisited it today, and you know...
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