Set Up an Ancestors’ Altar
One of the cardinal features of the Samhain season is honoring the death cycle and paying homage to those who have transitioned into the unknown, placing emphasis on loved ones we've lost in the last year. Remember the people who helped shape who you are today—including friends, family members, pets, and loved ones who have passed away—by setting up an altar (or “shrine”) dedicated to their memory.
Altars can be as big and bold or as small and subtle as you please, just be sure to pick a space that won’t be disturbed—and clutter is a huge no-no. A whole table or shelf is excellent, but you can set up tiny altars almost anywhere, like on the corner of your dresser or desk. Vignette photographs, knickknacks, and mementos to represent your deceased loved ones and heritage, and add crystals, flowers or plants, and candles or incense for an extra-energetic touch. Including “offerings” of your loved ones' favorites—like a shot glass of your grandfather’s favorite whiskey or your childhood dog’s ball—is especially thoughtful.
Take time out of your day to stop and reflect on those who have gone before you into the void, thanking them and expressing gratitude. After all, you wouldn’t be here without them.
Remember: You can honor whomever you like on your altar, so long as they’re dead, including celebrities, artists, cancelled television series, and more.