Sure, that may sound pretty macabre compared to trick-or-treating, but Samhain isn't just about gloom and doom. Samhain is usually celebrated by a group of Pagan practitioners or Wiccans (sometimes known as a coven) or by a solitary practitioner of these faiths — but this doesn't mean that you can't get in on some of these rituals if you're interested in thinking beyond your Halloween costume. Traditionally, these rituals often center around an altar featuring seasonal items from nature, personal mementos, candles, crystals, and other spiritual objects. A coven of Wiccans may hold a collective reflection or prayer around the altar then share a meal. They may even perform a seance as part of their observance.
The beautiful thing about holidays grounded in nature-based faiths like Paganism and Wicca is that the details of how they're celebrated vary between communities and even individuals. Overall, Samhain is a celebration of nature's seasonal cycle and the opportunities for new beginnings it so often offers us. It's a chance for people to come together and reflect on what they've lost and gained over the last year. Pagan or not, you may come to learn something powerful about yourself by celebrating Samhain.