Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Witchy Movies just for fun- not training films...

Samhain is just around the corner and in honor of that I thought I would chat about some of my favorite witchy movies. Now repeat after me, "These are NOT training films." But they are a lot of fun.

First my favorite Halloween movie of all time, Hocus Pocus. There is nothing about this movie that is politically correct but it is hysterically funny...and it is a good time.
Mary, Winnie & Sarah, "Hocus Pocus"
You gotta love Bette singing "I put a spell on you". And of course, "Amok! Amok, amok, amok amok..."
Grandma Aggie and Marnie, "Halloweentown"

My next favorite is Halloweentown 1 and 2. Disney first aired these on television several years ago... I bet they would be shocked to discover how many real Witches treasure them.
When Grandma Aggie tells Marnie, "Magick is really very simple. All you have to do is to want something, and then let yourself have it!"
Love these little movies, and who doesn't cheer for a girl who feels different and then discovers she is a Witch after all?

The we have The Craft. Dark, and a bit over the top and boy it is a delicious movie, so long as you consider it a horror/comedy/witchy movie... then you're all good. I love this movie I even have the special edition DVD with deleted scenes- cause I'm a Witch-nerd.

Next we have everybody's favorite Practical Magic. Gorgeous scenery and sets, romantic and silly story, but of course we must remember that "There is a little Witch in all of us."
True the book it was based on is much darker, but the movie is a classic, especially at this time of the year.And don't we all long to have a kitchen and a greenhouse like on that movie set? I wrote a blog this winter about a witches cottage... and I used pictures from the set of this movie.

For something different there is a movie about male Witches as well. The Covenant. I enjoyed this movie and I thought it was clever how they twisted in the early American Salem Witch Trials... an interesting and modern take on a Witch movie. The special effects are impressive and the guys are not too hard on the eyes.

Finally a witchy movie that I adore because it is a Tim Burton film and because Witches are portrayed in a more natural light, is Sleepy Hollow.
 Katrina is a great character and we see her casting spells and working magick for healing and protection.
Of course you do have her wicked step-mother also being a darker practitioner... but the scenes with Ichabod's mother, a "child of nature", who was also a Witch are haunting, ethereal, and enchanting.

The sets are creepy and cool, the acting fantastic and the costumes are worth drooling over... Show me a Witch who hasn't seen that movie and thought, "Wow I want a silver velvet cape like Katrina's with red roses embroidered on it..."

I made a silver cape this year for a party, and to have as a ritual cloak. I think over the winter I'm going to add the roses...
Katrina's enchanting cape, from "Sleepy Hollow"
So go pick out your favorite Halloween/ Samhain theme DVD and enjoy it this week with some traditional hot cider and popcorn. We all need a little time to recharge before the various Witches' Balls, parties, Coven celebrations and of course Samhain/ Halloween day!
Blessed be, Ellen

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bewitched and Busy!

Back from the Greensong Grove Samhain festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, it was great. Sold all my books that I brought, some of my Garden Witch jewelry and a couple of Garden Witch Pentacles. Samhain is rushing closer and I am loving it! Even though things are crazy busy- they are also bewitching.

Today I’m gearing up for Samhain, and the Halloween parties and the St. Louis Witches Ball.
In fact I got up early so I could add a stick to my mask for the Witches Ball-(so I can hold it and not strap it on my face) and to work on book project number #14. Here is the mask before I add the stick and ribbons... My dress is short and purple this year for the Ball... I found this mask and it had no feathers and I loved it!

In the next few weeks I’ll upload pictures of all of our costumes from the parties and the Ball so you all can see them. The costumes for this weekend’s party was inspired by seeing the Addams Family Musical  a few weeks ago. That’s all I will say for now…..

Plans for our Gothic Party are coming along- in fact my husband did finish his toe-pincher coffin for our party. We will both be going as vampires for our own party. My three grown kids have come up with some pretty clever costume ideas as well this year. But you should have seen the ladies flinch when I was at the fabric store on Monday and they asked me what I was going to make with several yards of red crushed velvet. I said, deadpan. "I'm lining a toe pincher coffin that my husband made with this fabric." Their mouths all dropped open and they flinched in unison. I only smiled and resisted the urge to say "Mwha ha ha..."

Today is supposed to be my day off- however they need a few extra set of hands in the floral department at my new job so I volunteered to come in this afternoon. Right now we are cranking out winter holiday floral arrangements like crazy. And yeah, I come home covered in glitter every day.

In the meantime here are a few pictures of my home- decorated for Samhain. I hope that you are enjoying this most bewitching season of the year!
Part of the mantle display in the living room...
Here is the other side of the mantle....
The kitchen shelves- Yes, the kitchen shelf pretty much stays like this year round- except for the pumpkin...
Display at the end of our hallway- w/o flash I wanted it to look more enchanting!

So get busy and bewitched and decorate for Samhain and Halloween. I hope these photos will inspire you to add some witchery to your own home for the sabbat.
Blessed be! Ellen