Halloween is finally here with us. This is one of the most fun holidays of the year; whether we are giving out treats to our friends and family or simply going around in fancy Halloween costumes. Novelty Halloween candles are some of the most fanciful candles around. These candles are figural candles including black cats, skulls, red devils and others and are extensively used in American folklore magic.
Below are some suggestions for some good Halloween candles you can buy to make this year’s Halloween a time to remember:
1. Pumpkin Candles
Pumpkin candles are used in Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations. They can also be used for Autumn Equinox. Pumpkin candles are infused with the irresistible aroma of fall pumpkins as well as naturally-inspired scents such as earthy oakwood, apple, resinous spice and some wood notes. Simple pumpkin candles should be displayed as part of a centrepiece together with other arrangements such as squash, nuts, autumn leaves and so on. Light your pumpkin candle when saying your table grace.
2. Jack-o-Lantern Candles
Jack-o-Lantern Halloween candles serve more or less the same purpose as their pumpkin counterparts. Jack-o-lanterns with a scary face are used in many cultures of the world in traditions that use grotesque faces to ward off evil spirits and danger. Smiley-faced jack-o-lanterns light the way for good spirits by giving them a cheery welcome. As you light your jack-o-lantern candle, you can make a wish to welcome all good energies into your home while dispersing the negative energies.
3. Black Cat Candles
Black cat Halloween candles are reminiscent of popular Egyptian cat figurines. Various spells use black cats. Americans are rooted in the superstition that black cats are a bad omen. Black cats, however, are symbols of good luck in Japan. In the Afro-Caribbean area, people keep black cats in their homes or wear black cat-shaped pins for good luck. You can, therefore, burn your black cat candle to reframe your mental attitudes regarding certain situations you view as being negative and make the most out of your bad situations. For instance, you can use the jovial Jamaican greeting of ‘‘Hello Shipmate’’ when lighting your black candle.
4. Ghost Candles
Ghost candles are almost invariably white, and tend to be kind-of-cute. Ghost candles are a fairly recent novelty compared to other Halloween candles. In Sumeria, however, ghost candles were prescribed by the Babylonians for a wide range of both physical and emotional maladies. These were burnt to remove evil spirits from a man and the candle later buried. You can light a ghost candle to release your ghosts of the past, unhealthy personal obsessions, troubling memories as you say something like ‘‘go into the light’’ or ‘‘all are welcome into the light’’ while visualising your ghost leaving and its place being replaced with higher energy.
Simple festive scents that bear the symbol of your favourite times of year will make your holiday a time to remember as you forget the past and look forward to new beginnings.
Tim Aldiss writes for Yankee Candle UK.