Beware the Vampires, Ghosts, Witches and Werewolves on Halloween

Protect Yourself From Ghosts and Witches on Halloween

Watch out for witches on Halloween!
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Beware the Dangers of Halloween Night

It's easy to make light of Halloween as costumed children beg for candy and Jack-o'lanterns flicker on porches. I'm here to tell you that there are scary things in the Halloween night like vampires, werewolves, ghosts and witches. We need to protect ourselves from the unseen dangers lurking in the dark. Don't be fooled by the holiday atmosphere of stores stuffed with orange and black decorations and Halloween costumes or neighborhood houses decorated with festive pumpkins and lights. The dangers of Halloween are not all make-believe! Beware of the real vampires, werewolves, ghosts and witches and take care!


How to Ward Off Evil Spirits on Halloween

In your pocket, carry a handkerchief tied into a knot to ward off evil. Wear or carry an amulet of agate or turquoise or put a silver dime in the heel of your shoe to protect yourself from the evil spirits. I don't have a protection against the blisters you might get from the dime in your shoe, but at least you won't be plagued by evil spirits. For extra protection carry a rabbit's foot or put a piece of rattlesnake skin in your shoe.

Tip: It's best to get the rattlesnake skin ahead of time rather than looking for a rattler to skin that night.

Protect against Owls

Many cultures believe that owls are a bad omen. Some believe that owls would eat souls of the dying. Other believe that seeing an owl flying overhead means that there will be a death. Turn your pockets inside out to protect yourself from evil owls.

How to protect against Werewolves

The plant Wolfsbane is rumored to act as a poison towards werewolves. The problem with werewolves is that they could be someone we know during the day and being a werewolf is just their night job. So it's really better to turn them back into human form if you can. If a werewolf is dunked in water it returns to it's human form. You can strike the werewolf three times on the head with the flat of a knife blade and it will return to human form. This is a little dangerous as it requires you to be pretty close to the werewolf. If you have to kill a werewolf, use a silver bullet. (Yeah, you can get them at Walmart!) Once you’ve defeated the werewolf, cut off its head and burn it. Don't put the ashes in water as it will pollute the water, but you knew that, didn't you?

Protect against evil Witches (not the good witches)

Witches are not always bad, but they can bewitch you. To keep witches from coming into your house under the door, hang a horseshoe over the doorway pointed down. German folklore says that sleeping with a piece of silver under your head will keep witches away. To be extra safe, turning your pockets inside out should do the trick.

Protect Yourself From Vampires on Halloween

Vampires are even more dangerous than ghosts, and you should take careful precautions against them. You can protect your home from vampires by sprinkling mustard seed on your sidewalks and hanging fishnets over the windows. But don't forget to protect yourself if you go outdoors. As you know, the most common protection against vampires is garlic. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT go out of the house without your garlic necklace and a little garlic rubbed under your arms. Your friends will thank you for keeping the vampires away from their parties. Your bell will also come in handy here because constant ringing will drive away the vampires (along with any undesirable company). If you do run into a vampire despite all your precautions, you can get rid of them by splashing them with your vial of holy water. Oh, didn't I mention that you should have a vial of holy water handy? Anyway, that should do the trick. In extreme situations, you can stab them with a wooden stake through the heart, but that's pretty unpleasant.

Protect Yourself From Ghosts on Halloween Night

Watch out for ghosts and vampires on Halloween!
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Ghosts - Scare Ghosts, Ward off Ghosts

In England and Ireland, folks know that souls are released from Purgatory on All Hallows Eve, the night before Halloween, for 48 hours. To protect yourself from ghosts, you should wear silkstone or silver and take several additional precautions.

Carry a bell. If you are walking on Halloween night, you can ring your bell occasionally and it will ward off the ghosts. Whatever you do, if you hear footsteps, don't look behind you. If a ghost is following you and you look into it's eyes, it could mean the end of you!

You can also carry a lump of bread as a peace offering to ghosts. If you do come upon a ghost that you can't avoid, walk around it 9 times and it will go away.

Protect Yourself From Zombies

Zombies have starred in so many movies that we will certainly know them when we see them. Dripping gore and rotting flesh (yech!), they are probably the most disgusting of the ghouls that we might meet on Halloween night. Mostly found in Haiti, Zombies are also called the Undead, the dead come to life. They start out slow and clumsy, but they have a purpose in life or unlife, as the case may be. They want to eat human brains. The best protection against zombies is to stay away from their hangouts, like cemeteries and funeral homes at night. If you do get cornered by a zombie, it's best to kill him with a shot or blow to his head as any other parts of the zombies body are immune to injury. If you wear a protective amulet of chalcedony, black sapphire or silver, you may be lucky enough to never meet a zombie. And, lets face it, you have other things to worry about on Halloween.

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Happy Spooky Halloween

Don't go unprepared into the spooky Halloween night! Use the tips above to protect yourself and your loved ones from the special dangers of this creepy season. You'll have zombies, witches, werewolves and ghostly spirits knocking at your door that night. Pretend that it's all a game and give them lots of candy bribes, but wear your amulets and garlic and put that rattlesnake skin in your shoe. You know that some of them are really who they say they are. If you play your cards right, you'll survive until November 2nd, Day of the Dead. But that's another story.

Have a Spooky Halloween!

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Uninvited Writer 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Excellent, I like the unique angle you took.


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Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for your comment, Uninvited Writer. It was fun to write. I'm new here and it's nice to get feedback from some more experienced writers like you.


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Happyboomernurse 6 years ago from South Carolina

Good job Stephanie. Very original take on protecting oneself from witches, vampires, ghosts and werewolves! I also loved the witch graphic.


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Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks, HappyBoomerNurse! It's nice to hear from you again. I did enjoy writing this. The HubMob topic was good inspiration to delve into something a little different Happy Halloween!


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Happyboomernurse 6 years ago from South Carolina

Good luck on the HubMob contest!


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

This was fun, I was transformed back in my childhood days when Halloween brought me scares. I can't believe my eyes with the various ways you mentioned to ward off those spooky characters in the dark. LOL! I'll share this to my friends. Thank you.


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Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for visiting my hub and for your nice comments, Lita. I'm glad you enjoyed it, I know I did. I have to admit that walking on dark roads on Halloween nights made me nervous when I was a kid. Didn't we all love to be a little scared?


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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California

Great Hub Stephanie!

And if you don't happen to encounter an evil blood thirsty "Vampire" on Halloween.... You can still make a nice "Blood Red" Pasta Sauce with the left over Garlic.....

Great Hub

I enjoyed it....


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Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for checking out my hub, Alternative Prime! I may have a little garlic left over...


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Oooooohhhhhh scarrrryy.....will there be a protection against the headless horseman too? Join the Hubnuggets as you see your hub nominated. Yes you are a Hubnugget nominee...this way please: http://bit.ly/c6QHSW Be sure to vote and promote your hub....eeeeennnnjoy the Hubnuggets!


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Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks so much for the nomination to Hubnuggets! As a newcomer to Hubpages, I am delighted with the warm welcome I've received from the Hubpages community, and I'm very excited to be a Hubnuggets nominee.


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Happyboomernurse 6 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Stephanie,

Congratulations on your nomination. Good luck. I really enjoy reading your work and am glad to see it getting acknowledged.


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Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks so much for your kind words of support. It adds to the fun of writing here to know that you're visiting my hubs and enjoying them.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Yes, it is wonderful! Do vote and promote your hub to family and friends. They can vote even if they are non hubbers. :) And have loads of fun! Keep on! :)


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

We also believe on those 'characters'. Yes, a safety precaution is a must! Rate it up and voted! Congratulations!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

What a fun hub!! My son (his birthday is Halloween) will love this one. Cheers, Steph


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Interesting twist to Halloween. Thanks for sharing, welcome to HubPages, and congrats on being selected to this week's HubNugget's Wannabe contest. Good luck to you!.


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fetty 6 years ago from South Jersey

I loved the humor and the interesting history and the way you presented . Great hub. Congratulations on your nomination, too. Welcome to Hubpages.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

The sign of a good writer is to face a topic, avoid the mundane angle and come up with something fresh, (and witty). You have succeeded. What a crafty write!

congratulations for a hubnugget nomination well deserved. I'm glad I had the chance to read this before the deadline. Welcome to hubpages, stephanie. :)


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harrison8bal 5 years ago from Shanghai

Lmfao, That's a good one, I like the idea of this, it got me interested to read it from the start until the end :D Hope you will write more articles like this. xD


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for visiting my hub and for your nice comments! This was so much fun to write and I love hearing that readers found it fun and entertaining.


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wolfboy 5 years ago from lumsden,canada,sk

i'm a werewolf!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Okayyyyy....


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Hi, Stephanie! This is right up my alley! And wolfboy...weird. 'Nuff said!

Anyways, I voted up and awesome on this hub! I love the superstitious stuff and old wives tales that you've added in your cautions of things that go bump in the night. I especially love the old horseshoe hanging above the front door to ward off witches...they were also thought to ward off demons way back in the day. And the wolfsbane? Yes, I even talk about that one in my hub on Werewolf origins. So well written and super fun! Great job!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Hi Kitty, This was certainly a fun hub to write. I love to learn about the old superstitions, and Halloween seemed like the perfect time to have some fun with them. Thanks for your comments!


OndriB 5 years ago from The United States of America

Cute.


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marymfrederick 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

I really love the ideas that you have here! As a mother of two small children it is so often about getting the costumes and it's smart to reflect on safety. Nice angle!


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

This is a funny and fabulous article on superstition. But as a witch I can safely say that unless someone knocked me out with the upturned horse shoe, I would struggle to see how it would help.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

I love this hub, Stephanie! Just in time again for Halloween! I'm posting it on my FB page. :)


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Ddraigcoch - Well, obviously, we wouldn't want to keep good witches like you away! You are a good witch, aren't you? Hehehe... Thanks for reading and commenting on my hub!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Denise - Hi there! Thanks for reading my Halloween Hub again, Denise! I'm trying to do a public service here by giving people information on how to protect themselves from witches, vampires, ghosts and werewolves. :) Thanks so much for posting on Facebook!


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plinka 5 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

Your hub is very interesting and very funny. I like reading about folk traditions. I used to collect articles on Hungarian traditions. I know the reason for the bad reputation of owls. When someone was ill, the light was usually on in his room and this light attracted owls to his window.

I won't forget to take some silver (as I've read, it is good for everything)and some rotting flesh along with me. Anyway, Brad is making his movie here, in Budapest (among others) so these days we have quite a lot of zombies.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Plinka - Oh, dear, zombies are the hardest ones to manage! Do be careful! And thanks so much for your tidbit about owls. There are so many different superstitions about them - both good and bad. It's always interesting to get another point of view! Thanks so much for your comments!


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wolf person 4 years ago

all you have to do is shoot a zombie with a slug shelled shotgun for a zombie to die.

. plus why does everyone hate werewolves half of them are like stephanie said about witches some are good some are bad


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wolf person 4 years ago

plus there is a poison to bring the dead to living it comes from a puffer fish its called terodoxin or something like that


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Wolf Person - I guess we just don't know enough about werewolves! Thanks for enlightening us! :)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Wolf person - Actually Terodoxin is a poison that does exist in organs of the puffer fish, but it does not bring dead to living - rather the reverse. According to Wikipedia, the toxin can cause paralysis of the diaphram resulting in respiratory failure and death. It is not always fatal, but can leave a person totally paralyzed while still conscious. (a zombie state?) Not really something I'd like to test!


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wolf person 4 years ago

i watched the history channel it say's so plus a proven fact cause the fbi or cia has zombies hidden somewhere. p.s thanks bout the werewolf fact


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wolf person 4 years ago

plus about werewolves. back in i think 1800's but a god got mad and turned this person into a wolf for 9 years


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

I figured I would read this hub since the Zombie 2012 apocalypse is on it's way. LOL

Great hub! I'm definitely on a careful lookout this year for them zombies...LOL :)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

KDuBarry03 - It never hurts to be prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse! :) Thanks for the read and for your support!


sara 4 years ago

do ghost vampires zombies ...etc. are they even real i mean last year i was trick or treating and nothing happened!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Sara - I guess that each person will have to decide that for themselves...Halloween is rolling around again! :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Stephanie good fun...and may get a few more viewers soon! Well October 31st anyway :o)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Jools99 - Halloween will be here soon! Beware of all the vampires, ghosts, werewolves and witches that wander about... :)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

I have my garlic, I wear silver rings and I promise to run not walk around a ghost 9 times! phew! lol! hope you have a great Halloween night stephanie! lol!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

I think you'll be safe, Nell Rose! Have a wonderful Halloween!


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RJ Schwartz 13 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

Pound iron nails into the ground around the edges of your property - make sure they are 100% buried


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Stephanie Henkel 13 months ago from USA Author

Thanks for the tip, RJ Schwartz! I hadn't heard of that one. :)

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