Halloween Superstitions

by Seasonal Wisdom on October 31, 2010

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“From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties,
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!”
–Old Cornish Prayer

Since the earliest times, the evening of October 31 has been considered a scary time, when the dead walk among us and the witches are particularly powerful. So, I thought it would be interesting to research some of the old superstitions about Halloween or All Hallows E’en. Read them if you dare.

 

Keep Fires Lit: In earlier times, bonfires were lit on hilltops to drive off witches: and on no account were household fires allowed to go out that night, or evil things might gain an entry. Incidentally, if your fire flame turns blue, it’s said that an other-worldly being has entered the room. Consider yourself warned.

Don’t Turn Around: If you’re walking on Halloween and hear footsteps right behind you – don’t turn around. You might find yourself staring Death in the face. And who wants that?

Meet a Witch: Wear your clothes inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night. It’s a sure way to run into a witch … or at least an angry “trick or treater.”

Predict Future Spouse: Eager to know the identity of your next love? Tonight is the perfect time. Here’s what you do: Go in a darkened room with a candle and step up to the mirror. Look in the mirror, eat the apple and comb your hair … all at the same time. Supposedly, the face of your next loved one – or the devil – will appear over your shoulder.

Most Importantly: Have fun, stay safe and don’t eat too many sweets.

Select resources:
The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore
The Oxford Book of Days

Plus!

Strange Halloween Facts and Folklore (plus old vintage cards!)

spooky old poem for children of all ages.

Pumpkins – folklore, growing tips, nutritional facts and serving ideas

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rebecca Sweet October 30, 2009 at 9:57 pm

As usual – a wonderful post. But I'm afraid that if I DO hear footsteps behind me, I'll probably turn around and scream…either than or run like heck…. What a sweet photo, too – is that your home? I love it…

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Seasonal Wisdom October 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Ha ha, Rebecca. Thanks for your kind words, which gave me a good laugh. I shot this photo in New Hampshire a few years back. The windowbox hung behind an old colonial house that served as an inn and restaurant. The simple beauty really appealed to me. xo

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