Well, not here, really. The stores are virtually devoid of decorations. Christmas has already taken over. There is one store in the mall, but I haven't been to it yet. It was rather disappointing last year.
I finally figured out my Samhain menu. I am working on getting the recipes together. Samhain (November 1) will be my last night of meat until Yule. I wanted to make something tasty, but as this is taking place on a week night, it needs to be simple.
I plan to serve:
Wild mushroom stuffing
Mashed sweet potatoes
Harvest Home Rolls
Kabak Tatlisi (Turkish pumpkin dessert)
I need to work on my Empress Cake recipe as well. Yes, two desserts. One is seasonal, and one is mostly for our otherworldly visitors.
The bread will take a while to rise, but I don't actually have to do anything while that's happening. I just have to let it hang out in a warm spot. The same with the chicken. It will roast while I sit on my butt.
I have invited a friend to dine and if he accepts, I will explain to him what we're doing. This won't be a mute supper, but I will set a place at the table to honor our ancestors.
I also have plans to set a special place for someone else who is important to me. I'm gathering my supplies for that now.
So, what are you making for Samhain? Are you doing anything like a mute supper? What are you offering your ancestors?