HallowsMidian, Southern Indiana
 

About Hallows

 

All Hallows' Eve, or Halloween, is a feast day initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain.

 

What to Bring

 

Q): What should I bring to this festival?


A) Other than an open mind, and a magical spirit, we reccommend you bring supplies for a weekend of primitive camping, including a tent, a sleeping bag, sunscreen, spare clothes, a camp chair (for workshop seating), drinking water, and snacks (a food vendor is available on-site for most of the festival). We have created a suggested festival packing list available for download here. This is mid- October, so bring extra things to stay warm at night!

 

Q): Should I bring special clothing, instruments, or tools?


A) Bring those things that will help you feel at home. If you wish to bring ritual regalia, reenactment-style garb, ritual robes, tools, or other items, please do. Bladed weapons are welcome, but they must be peace-tied when they aren't being actively used in a ritual or demonstration.

 

Q): What should I not bring to the festival?


A): Firearms, drugs, pets. The standard stuff is prohibited. Use common sense about those things that may be disruptive or dangerous. If it is illegal outside of festival, it isn't allowed here, either. If you think something might be questionable, just ask.

 

General Questions

 

Q:) Can I reduce my registration cost by working, presenting, or performing?

 

A:) As a matter of fact, you CAN! We have several Work Barter positions available for both adults and teens -- including positions in Set-Up/Tear-Down, Registration/Gate, Maintenance, Kitchen, Security, First Aid, Firetending, Kids' Circle, and Administration. Our Work Barter arrangement is $20 (to help cover porta-johns and land usage) and two work shifts (of about 2-4 hours each). We can also negotiate a full-barter for additional workshifts, if needed.

 

Presenters/Performers can also have part/all of the registration bartered. The amount of the discount depends on the number/length of presentations. Generally, our presentations are scheduled in 1.5 hour slots, each worth a $20 discount for a single presenter. Performance discounts vary based on the type of performance. Contact us as sidhefest@asteriabooks.com to submit your performance or presentation proposal.

 

Q): Can I order a porta-john for my self/family/group?

 

A): Indeed! Though we plan on having plenty of clean potties onsite, we understand that some folks would like a little more privacy and control. One private porta-john will cost $100 and must be arranged no later than two weeks prior to the festival. You'll need to bring your own lock (and key!) to secure it.

 

Q): What does it cost to vend at the festival?

 

A): Nothing! Vending is free to all attendees. You'll need to provide your own vending space (booth, awning, displays, signs, etc). You can choose to be in our Vendor's Village, or you can vend from your own campsite. The choice is yours!

 

Q): Are refunds given if I pre-register but can't attend?

 

A): No, there are no refunds given for the festival at this time for any reason. If you pre-register and find that you cannot attend, you will be offered a free admission to next year's festival. Your complimentary admission is good for only one year, and you must have proof of registration from the previous year. (We keep records, too; but your receipt will help make sure nothing slips through the cracks.)

 

Q): Do you give refunds for porta-johns if I can't attend?

 

A): We should be able to cancel your potty and refund those charges if you contact us with at least two weeks' notice. If we don't receive (and confirm) your potty cancellation in time to notify our service provider, though, we'll have to let the charges stand. Your porta-pot will have been delivered, which is a cost we can't absorb.

 

Q): What other festival rules are there?

 

A): We reserve the right to reject and/or revoke registration to any participant at our sole discretion. (This is for our protection, as well as our guests'. We want this weekend to be pleasant, meaningful, and safe.)

 

Q:) Is photography permitted?

 

A:) Photography and filming are permitted only if prior permission is requested of anyone whose photo you may be taking. This includes individuals in the background area of your shot. Failure to comply with these rules will cause security staff to enforce destruction of all film or digital files on your camera device, and may result in removal from the festival. That said, we do encourage photography at this festival.

 

Q.): Can I breastfeed at the festival?

 

A.): Absolutely! Caring for your children (in all the ways you do) is both applauded and encouraged.


 

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