Samhain, October 31st, is a Festival of the Kithain that traditionally celebrates the beginning of the Unseelie half of the year.


The counterpart to Beltaine, Samhain is the other Great Festival of the Fae. On Samhain Eve the wall between worlds grows thin. It is a solemn time for the kithain, a time to strain against the Mists, part them, and remember fallen comrades. It is a night to honor those who have been lost as well as mortals who have contributed Glamour to the world.

Samhain also serves as an ideal time for divination and in many courts the seers and soothsayers perform their auguries to discover the fates of lost friends and hints for the coming year.

Before the Shattering, Samhain marked the beginning of the time of Unseelie rule. This transfer of power only rests in the form of the "Shadow Court's" one night reign. The Unseelie are given a chance to deride everything they hate in Seelie society. They hold mock tournaments and courts to make fun of the monarchy and privy council. Seelie fae are encouraged to adopt their Unseelie legacy for the night and experience their other side.

Childlings often join human children in trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods, gathering Glamour from the real and imagined scariness of the night and the joy of their mortal comrades.

Shadow Court Interpretation


  1. CtD. Changeling: The Dreaming Second Edition, pp. 82-83.
  2. CtD. The Shadow Court, pp. 40-41.
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