Halloween Superstitions

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Friday, October 14, 2011

  • On Halloween, a girl can divine the name of her future husband by paring an apple and tossing the peel over her shoulder. The peel will fall into the shape of the man’s initials.
  • If a girl stands in front of a mirror in a darkened room holding a candle, the face she sees in the reflection over her shoulder will be the face of her future husband.
  • Black cats were originally thought to protect witches’ power from negative forces.
  • To keep spirits away from your house, place a bowl of food outside to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.
  • Light a candle to guide your loved one home from the spirit world
  • Ringing a bell scares away evil spirits.
  • If you see a spider on Halloween night, it could be the spirit of a loved one watching you.
  • To meet a witch on Halloween night, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards.
  • Do not look at your shadow in the moonlight. Doing so on All Hallows Eve will guarantee a death in the near future.
  • If you see a ghost, walk around it nine times, and it will disappear.
  • If you hear 3 knocks and no one is there, it usually means someone close to you has died. This is called the 3 knocks of death.
  • If you kill a black cat on Halloween, you will have 7 years of bad luck.
  • If you hold your breath while you drive by a cemetery, evil spirits can’t enter your body.
  • If a black cat meows on your porch or near a window, a death will soon occur in the family.
  • When bobbing for apples, it is believed that the first person to bite an apple would be the first to marry.
  • If you go to a crossroads at Halloween and listen to the wind, you will learn all the most important things that will befall you during the next twelve months.
  • If a person lights a new orange colored candle at midnight on Halloween and lets it burn until sunrise, he or she will be the recipient of good luck.
  • A burning candle inside a jack-o-lantern on Halloween keeps evil spirits and demons at bay.
  • If a candle flame suddenly turns blue, there’s a ghost nearby.
  • Walk around your home three times backwards and counterclockwise before sunset on Halloween to ward off evil spirits.
  • Girls placed hazel nuts along the front of the firegrate, each one to symbolize one of her suitors. She could then find out who her future husband would be by chanting, ‘If you love me, pop and fly; if you hate me, burn and die.’ The nut that popped out of the fire instead of burning up when she named her suitor would indicate her future husband.
  • Gazing into a flame of a candle on Halloween night will enable you to peer into the future.


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