Event Rules

To ensure everybody attending is able to feel welcome and safe, we have some fairly standard rules at Hallowed Homecoming: A Samhain Retreat. Many of our posted rules are those enforced by our hosts, Prince William Forest Park, and the National Park Service, as well as federal, state, and local laws.

By registering for our event, you agree to follow the event rules. We will also require that all attendees sign a waiver acknowledging and agreeing to follow the rules upon check in at Registration. Those who are unable to follow the rules for the benefit of all may be asked to leave the site without an option for refund.

The below list discusses things you should not bring with you. Please check our What to Bring page for information and suggestions on what you should bring.

Alcohol

Alcohol is only permitted during ritual. Alcohol is not permitted elsewhere on park grounds.

Clothing

Clothing is required. Please wear comfortable, climate-appropriate clothing and/or ritual attire throughout the event.

Drugs

Illegal drugs are not permitted in compliance with national and Virginia laws.

Fires

Fires are only permitted in the Feast Hall, some Craft Cabins, and Fire Circle. Staff and designated firetenders are responsible for lighting, maintaining, and extinguishing fires, for the safety of the participants and the park.

Kitchen

Please do not enter the kitchen without permission, unless it is your volunteer shift. This is for your safety and that of the kitchen witches.

Lanyards

Please have your lanyard on you and visible at all times. Staff can be identified by their lanyards and badges.

Pets

Only registered service animals are permitted.

Radios

Non-staff should only use odd channels. Even channels are reserved for staff .

Sacred Fires

Do not burn anything in the Feast Hall or Bonfire Circle without approval by Fire Coordinator. NO TRASH.

Smoking

Limit smoking to the designated area and dispose of butts in the designated cans.

Trash/ Recycling

Please ensure all trash is deposited in designated receptacles. When you depart, please ensure all trash is deposited in the dumpsters near the Feast Hall.

Violence/ Conflict

Violent, rude, and inappropriate behavior will be addressed by staff as necessary.

Especially heinous behavior will result in ejection from the event without a refund.

Volunteers

Please arrive for your volunteer shift on time. If you will not be able to perform the duty you volunteered for, please check in with a staff member.

Weapons

Weaponry is not permitted. Blades may be used during ritual by those with designated roles.

Wildlife

Please avoid the local wildlife. If you feel uncomfortable or in danger, please contact a member of staff.

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