Almost Halloween: Superstitions

Superstitions are usually based partly upon fear and partly upon fact. Which of the following beliefs is true? You never know……..

Put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night to meet a witch.

A person born on Halloween can both see and talk to spirits.

If you see a spider on Halloween, it’s the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you.

If you hear footsteps trailing close behind you on Halloween night, do not to turn around to see who it is, for it may be Death himself.  Looking Death in the eye is a sure way to hasten your own demise.

To release a person from ghost possession, throw dust from your footprint at them.

If a candles flame suddenly turns blue, there’s a ghost nearby.

Some believe that your image in a mirror is your actual soul. A broken mirror represents the soul being astray from your body. To break the spell of misfortune, you must wait seven hours (one for each year of bad luck) before picking up the broken pieces, and bury them outside in the moonlight.

Don’t look at your shadow in the moonlight or you’ll be the next to haunt a graveyard.

Owls swoop down to to eat the souls of the dying; if you hear one hooting, or see one perched in a tree, beware of impending death. Turn your pockets inside out to ward off that danger.

If a bat flies into a house it is a sign that ghosts are about;  perhaps the ghost let the bat in.

In the days before the gallows, criminals were hung from the top rung of a ladder and their spirits were believed to linger underneath. Therefore, it’s bad luck to walk beneath an open ladder and pass through the triangle of evil ghosts and spirits.

Witches, it was once believed, disliked horses, which is why they rode brooms and pitchforks instead. By placing a horseshoe over a door, the witch would be reluctant to enter.

Trick or Treat came from the ancient idea that you must be nice to your deceased ancestors on Halloween or they’d play tricks on you.

But never fear, you can protect yourself from all of the above. To ward off evil on Halloween you should walk around your three times clockwise and three times counterclockwise.

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