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Halloween Advice – How to Use Charms, Amulets and Protections Against Spooky Things

Updated on February 5, 2013
Protect yourself from ghosts.
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Protect Youself from Goulies and Ghosties

Well, I warned you, didn’t I? Last Halloween didn't I give you all the tips you would need to protect yourself from Witches, Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies and Ghosts? But did you pay attention? NO! Now Halloween is rolling around again, and here you are, a potential vampire victim up a tree without a garlic clove.

Listen up this time!

Take my advice, just forget about that Halloween candy corn and the corn stalks for your front porch. You need to stock up on horseshoes, holy water, wooden stakes and brass bells, amulets and silver charms. Oh, and don't forget the rattlesnake skin! (See last year's Halloween Safety Tips). You just never know which one of these basic protective charms and amulets you'll need on Halloween or even tonight!

Don’t tell me you forgot your basic Halloween survival! I just don’t have time to go through the whole spiel with you again, but I’ll do you a favor and give you the five most important tips for protecting yourself on Halloween:

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Things That Go Bump In the Night

From goulies and ghosties
and long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night
Good Lord, deliver us!

Although first recorded in The Cornish and West Country Litany, 1926, this prayer of protection may go back centuries.

Five Important Tips To Protect Yourself from Vampires, Witches, Ghosts, Werewolves and Zombies

  1. Vampires Wear a garlic necklace and carry a wooden stake in case you encounter a vampire. No, you moron, the wooden stake is not to keep the garlic from falling over – drive it through the vampire heart! Sigh…
  2. Witches Nail a horseshoe over your door pointing down to keep witches away. For added protection, be sure to sleep with a piece of sliver under your pillow and gather together some hazel nuts, witch hazel or hazel wood to place around the house. And for heaven’s sake, don’t go spending that silver on some fool piece of junk at the Dollar Store! Just leave it under your pillow. If you have to go out, turning your pockets inside out will not only discourage witches, but pick-pockets won’t be interested, either!
  3. Ghosts are abundant on Halloween, and just because the kid next door comes over wearing a sheet, don’t think that every shapeless white apparition you see is harmless! Protect yourself from real ghosts by wearing silver and keeping a bit of salt in your pockets. Also, be sure to carry a brass bell and ring it often. That should repel ghosts and a few of the neighbors, too. Better safe than sorry. Don’t forget the 9 times trick. If a ghost does come close to you, walk around it nine times and it will go away. In fact, if you start circling anyone you don’t want near you, they’ll probably go away, too. Fast!
  4. Zombies. I know what you’re thinking, “What about Zombies? They’re coming, too, aren’t they?” Well, you should definitely be prepared for zombies, that’s for sure! They’re not only disgustingly decayed, but they are hungry for some of your tasty human brains. (Little do they know how few brains are stored in that big head of yours.) Unfortunately, zombies are a little more difficult to deal with than witches and ghosts and vampires. You can wear amulets of chalcedony, black saphires or silver to repel zombies, but if a zombie does find you, there’s no getting out of it. You’re going to have to kill him. It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it before the zombies overrun the world. Just be sure you knock him in the head because that’s the only way to be sure.
  5. Werewolves. Now werewolves are another story altogether. They can sneak up on you because during the day, they can be someone familiar and harmless looking while at night they turn into frightening werewolves. The most humane thing to do is to throw water on the werewolf which will turn it back into human form. A water pistol might not do the trick, but you can probably get one of those big soaker water guns that will just about wash that werewolf away. Try to do this outside, as it really messes up the living room.

The Alien Fossil at Halloween

The ghostly fossil face.
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Keep These Halloween Safety Tips Handy

Just think of this as a Halloween Guide for Dummies. Now, print it out and put it in a safe place so that you can refer to it often in the next few weeks. These tips will give you basic protection from just about all of the Halloween supernatural characters, and they are so easy that even you should be able to follow the instructions. But then, I suppose if you can’t follow these simple guidelines for Halloween protections, at least I won’t have to go over it all again next year.

Now, excuse me, but I have to go pick up some holy water and nail up some horseshoes…


Protect yourself from witches on Halloween.
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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      RCrumple - Hahaha...going out alone into the dark bushes outside a haunted house? That must have given you goose bumps! Now what's your plan this Halloween? Better make sure you have all the necessary protection...uh, amulets and charms...

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Ah, Stephanie, we must remember silver bullets for those really bad werewolves that simply won't be persuaded to leave with water! Actually spent Halloween a few years back in a deserted house that was supposed to be haunted. The scariest part of it was going outside to the bushes to use the restroom. lol Great hub!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Sunshine625 - It's a little scary to think that you are a witch magnet...hmmm...have to remember this in October!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Halloween is my 2nd favorite holiday (after my birthday) and I will remember to follow these tips. We have a LOT of witches around my parts ....I think I attract them or they just want to borrow my souped-up broom! :))

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hahaha Eloise, I never thought of putting a spell on them that brings their mothers out of the woodwork! Thanks for the comment about my photos. Don't tell anyone, but I raided my jewelry box for some Halloween jewelry.

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      Eloise Hope 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon, USA

      So cute! I love this. Your images are very attractive; I particularly like the gold witch on a broom. Also your punny humor. And did you know that goulies, ghosties and goblins can be tamed by repeated applications of the following: homemade doughtnuts, assorted icings for dip, jimmies / sprinkles, and hot cider? They go round and round in decreasing circles, like runaway horses, and then their mothers take them home! Works every time. (We have an annual Halloween open house for neighbors and random stray cats.)

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Simone, It's true! You never know when you might need a water pistol! Glad you found these tips helpful...

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I LOVE the tip about the water pistol! I should never leave home without one.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Nadelma and BWD316 - Thanks for stopping in to read my hub. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and I hope you're planning to have garlic, horseshoes and a brass bell handy in preparation for a spooky Halloween!

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      Brian Dooling 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Great hub! A lot of fun to read and well written! Voted up!

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      nadelma 6 years ago from Bushkill, Pa

      This was good, lots of fun. I enjoy reading your Hubs.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hello Mvillecat, I love fall, too. I love the weather, the colors, and especially, Halloween. Halloween can be so much fun as we just let our imaginations run free (or amuck, as the case may be) with celebrations, costumes and spooky stories. Thanks for stopping in to comment! Have a SAFE Halloween!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Gail, I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub as I sure had fun writing it! Hmm...a hub about the photos...that might be fun too. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment, and for your votes, too. Your comments always give me a boost!

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      Catherine Dean 6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Love this! Fall is my favorite season and Halloween my favorite holiday. Thanks for the fun!

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Love! Love! Love! this spooky, funny hub and cool photos and think you could do another hub on how you created the unique photo images.

      I also liked the clever way you wove the links to last year's Halloween hubs into the narrative.

      Voted up across the board!