Hallowe'en & Samhain

A Spooky Bouquet for All Hallow's Eve

October 31st

"The ghosts of all things past parade,
Emerging from the mist and shade
That hid them from our gaze,
And, full of song and ringing mirth,
In one glad moment of rebirth,
And again they walk the ways of earth
As in the ancient days."

~ John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922)

 

The word Hallowe'en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin, meaning "hallowed evening" or "holy evening." It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows' Eve (the evening before All Hallows' Day), with the word "eve" (from "even"), contracted to e'en or een.

Some researchers speculate that the modern "trick-or-treat" ritual may stem from the Scottish practice of "guising," a secular version of "souling." In the Middle Ages, soulers, children and poor adults, would go to local homes and collect food or money in return for prayers said for the dead on All Souls’ Day. Guisers discarded the prayers in favor of less religious performances like jokes, songs, or other “tricks.”

Whether your floral interest during the Samhain Season runs to the poisonous, the cursed, the ghostly or vampiric, enjoy this spooky collection of flowers that take on a darker aspect betwixt and between the haunting hours. Protect yourself against werewolves and witches or learn more about their floral familiars.

Click a flower for more spooky facts and folklore ... if you dare!

Danse Macabre, Op. 40, Camille Saint-Saëns
00:00 / 07:48
Black Cat Flower

Black Cat Flower

Meow & Hiss!

Other common names

Black Bat Flower

Devil's Hand

Devil's Hand

Speak of the Devil (non-traditional)

Other common names

Devil's Hand Tree, Monkey's Hand Tree, Mexican Hand Tree

Enchanter's Nightshade

Witchcraft, Sorcery

Other common names

Scabiosa (Black Cat)

Scabiosa (Black Cat)

Widowhood, Mourning

Other common names

Pincushion Flower, Scabious

Snakesfoot

Horror

Other common names

Dragon Herb, Dragon Wort, French Tarragon, Snakesfoot, Fuzzy Weed, Green Dragon

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

A Spell

Other common names

Wych Elm, Magician's Rod, Snapping Hazel, Spotted alder, Tobacco Wood, White Hazel, Winter Bloom, Snapping Hazel

Cabbage

Cabbage

Profit

Other common names

Dracula Orchid

Dracula Orchid

"Good Evening!" (non-traditional)

Other common names

Ghost Pipe

Ghost Pipe

Boo!

Other common names

Ghost Plant, Indian Pipe, Corpse Plant

Sea Holly (Silver Ghost)

Sea Holly (Silver Ghost)

Boo!

Other common names

Blue Thistle

Snapdragon (Seed Pods)

Snapdragon (Seed Pods)

Let old bones lie ...

Other common names

Witch's Broom

Witch's Broom

"I'll get you, my pretty!"

Other common names

Corpse Flower

Corpse Flower

Trick or Treat!

Other common names

Dragonswort

Horror

Other common names

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

Coarseness, Grossness

Other common names

Skeleton Flower

Skeleton Flower

Let Old Bones Lie

Other common names

Vampire Orchid

Vampire Orchid

Type A, B, AB, O, it's all good!

Other common names

Wolfsbane

Wolfsbane

Misanthropy

Other common names

Aconite, monkshood, wolf's bane, leopard's bane, mousebane, women's bane, devil's helmet, Queen of all Poisons, blue rocket,

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