Friday the 13th

  • July 13, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell
Friday the 13th – could it get any spookier than that? Friday the 13th is an unlucky day in much of Western Europe, North America, and Australia. Many people avoid travel, avoid signing contracts, some won’t eat in restaurants and some people won’t even go to work.  I’ve often seen in tall buildings where the floors skip from 12 to 14.  Some sources say it may be the most widespread superstition in the United States.  I believe it!  When you see Friday the 13th on your calendar it automatically brings with it a feeling of dread.  However, while the superstition is believed to be fading, it nonetheless has deep roots in Christian culture. Many Christians have long believed that Friday was unlucky because it was the day of the week when Jesus was crucified and the number 13 was believed to bring bad luck because there were 13 people at The Last Supper.  On the Halloween front – who can forget the popular slasher films started by the original movie back in 1980 called Friday the 13th?  Camp Crystal Lake and Jason Voorhees – that movie scared me to death!  Even now, every year on Halloween night I know I’ll have at least one kid (or adult) come to my door as Jason with the trademark hockey mask on.    Check out this list of all the Friday the 13th  movies in order: Friday the 13th (1980)   Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)   Friday the 13th Part 3 3D (1982)   Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)   Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)   Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)   Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)   Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)   Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)   Jason X (2002)   Freddy vs. Jason (2003) I think just about every parent out there has had a child, niece or nephew be a “Jason” for Halloween.  I know I have – my nephew is older now, but I have pictures of him as Jason on Halloween quite a few years ago.  And not only kids, but adults love putting on the Jason hockey mask as well.