- Holidays and Celebrations
And you thought Halloween was all about Trick or Treating
With Halloween right around the corner it's hard to believe there are so many (other) superstitions associated with the holiday of the undead.
From candles to meeting the man of your dreams, Halloween offers a variety of superstitions so lets get started whether you're in the market for love or even good luck.
Candles play an important part when it comes to superstitions for Halloween. Did you know that if the flame suddenly turns blue a ghost is nearby? Or, if it suddenly goes out by itself whether by breath or wind a ghost has come to call.
The main purpose for a candle in a jack-o-lantern is to keep spirits and demons at bay, but if you gaze into the flame you can actually peer into your future. Candles should be new to ensure the best of luck (and if you burn an orange candle from midnight to sunrise you will have good luck) but if you burn a Halloween candle at any other time of the year, you can expect bad luck or strange things may happen to you which you will have no control over.
When it comes to love (yes even on this day) girls who carry a broken egg in a glass to a spring of water during the day can see their future husband (and get a glimpse of her future children) but mixing some of the water into the glass. At night, she should carry a lamp back to the spring and she'll be able to see her future husband in the reflection of the water.
It's also believed that bobbing for apples can predict who will marry first by being the first to bite into an apple. And while on the subject of bobbing for apples, cut a small piece into the apple and put in a small piece of paper into it. On the paper add a fortune and toss back into the tub of water (be sure to use waterproof ink if possible).
And if you're peeling an apple, start from the top to bottom and the one with the longest unbroken peel will have the longest life. (It's believes if you toss the peel over your shoulder it'll give you the first initial of your future husband's name as well).
Unfortunately, if you hear footsteps behind you on Halloween night, don't look back because it could be Death himself. To look Death in the eye according to ancient folklore is a sure way to hasten your own demise.
It's also an omen of death if you cast a headless shadow or no shadow at all. I've never heard of this superstition and according to legend death shall take place within a year.
Bats also are able to foretell death if it flies around your house three times, but if a bat flies into your house it means there is a sign of an approaching ghost (or maybe the ghost let it in) but if bats come out early and fly around playfully then it is a sign of good weather to come.
Have you ever wanted to meet a witch? Now's your chance and here's how: turn your clothes inside out and walk backwards and you'll meet a witch. And walking backwards in your home will also ward off evil (but you have to also walk around counterclockwise).
If you want to keep ghosts from entering your house bury animal bones or a picture of an animal near doorways of your home on Halloween. This is believed to keep them away.
And you may think twice before you kill that spider on Halloween. It's believed it could be the spirit of a loved one watching over you (I'll send my cat over to kill it instead).
Hopefully these superstitions will help but if you suffer from Samhainophobia (the fear of Halloween) like me, you'll be in bed with a blanket over your head!