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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.

ONE.

White Candles.  Halloween is also know as Samhain (sah-win or sow-in), which is the sabbat (pagan holiday) that marks the witch's new year.  Pretty much all the traditional Halloween symbols come from this pagan holiday, from pumpkins to skulls.  Skulls namely because this is the time when the veil between this world and the spirit world is thinnest and you can communicate with ancestors more easily.  If you've ever noticed candles in windows at this time, this is also related to Samhain.  White candles in windows help to guide the spirits who are having trouble crossing back to their realm.  So basically, it's just a courteous thing to do.  Because we have so many decorations around that I don't want flames near (we're still a firefighter's household at the end of the day!), I keep battery operated white pillar candles for this purpose.  I do have real ones too though, since we're also in the season of house guests.  We've already had a Halloween party, but I know that many of you host around Thanksgiving and Christmas as well.  Lighting a white candle by the front door purifies and cleanses whatever energy your guests bring with them.  Hearth witch tip from me to you.

TWO.

Pumpkin Bread.  Like pumpkin seeds, I really only eat pumpkin bread in October.  It's also a very traditional way to celebrate the holiday, with a lot of symbolism behind each ingredient.  I like to think about more than just the decor and trick or treaters today, for as much as we love Halloween, I also want to celebrate the 'new year' side of that.  And baking pumpkin bread from scratch is a nice way to slow down and do that.  But at the end of the day, pumpkin bread is delicious, easy, and festive.  It's also easy to use this recipe to make muffins instead, if you don't have a loaf pan.

THREE.

Halloween Drink/Pumpkin Beer.  Are you a pumpkin beer person or no?  I find people feel strongly about this for some reason.  John loves pumpkin beer, it's one of his favorite things about this time of year.  I'm not such a big fan.  I feel like they all have a really weird, synthetic aftertaste.  If you know of one you love though, let me know!  But regardless of my tastes, that would be John's Three on Thursday pick.  My pick?  The Witch's Heart.  Essentially it comes down to being apple brandy and blackberry liqueur and it tastes delicious.  You can use all the swirly sparkle and dry ice if you want, but just the brandy and liqueur is good enough for me as far as tasting festive and looking purple!