Well, I made it through the dreaded Friday, July 13th with nothing out of the ordinary happening! I’m sure there are a few of you out there that had something suspicious happen to you, but for the most part Friday was pretty much the same old, same old for me. However, did you know that not only do a lot of people find Friday 13th loaded with superstitions, but Halloween Day as well? The dictionary defines the word superstition as, “an irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious”. We all know that Halloween and fear go hand-in-hand.
Many Halloween superstitions can be interesting as well as fun. Here are some for you to think about:
- If you see a spider on Halloween, it could be the spirit of a dead loved one watching you.
- If a bat flies into your house on Halloween, it is a sign that ghosts or spirits are near, and that they are in your home and let the bat in.
- If the flame on your candle goes out on Halloween, it means you are in the presence of a ghost.
- If you put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night, at midnight you will see a witch in the sky.
- If a black cat crosses your path it is bad luck. It was once believed that black cats were the devil, or consumed by evil spirits. Today many families own black cats and do not experience unusual bad luck. Did you know that in Britain, they believe white cats are bad luck?
- A person born on Halloween can see and talk to spirits.
The list for all the different superstitions goes on and on, but I think you get the point. My Grandmother was born on Halloween and she couldn’t see or talk to the spirits – at least she didn’t do it when I was around (thank goodness)!