It's been a fun week on Twitter, what with all the posts on Halloween stories, costume ideas and even video clips. (I watched an old Disney cartoon on Mickey, Donald and Goofy battling ghosts titled LONESOME GHOSTS. Don't you just miss cartoons like this?)
Since I've never celebrated Halloween, I thought I'd read up on its history, culture and delightful superstitions. There is the usual sighting-a-black-cat-is-ominous-in-North-America-but which-is-considered-good-luck-in-Britain-and-Ireland kind of stuff.
And then there are these surprising ones:
* Want to meet a witch? Put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night.
(Or if you prefer not to meet any ghouls ...)
* To ward off evil spirits, walk around your home three times backwards and counterclockwise before sunset on Halloween .
* Do not sleep when thirsty, for the soul will leave the body to search for water. If the body is wakened too quickly, the soul may not have time to get back and the person will die.
* Mashed potatoes is a dish used for divination. A ring, a three penny-bit, a button, a heart-shaped charm, a shell and a key are inserted into the mashed potatoes. The lights in the room are switched off, and each guest would be given a spoon or fork to find the charms. The person who finds the ring will be the first in the group to get married; the three penny-bit symbolizes wealth; the button, bachelorhood or spinsterhood (oh dear!); the heart, passionate love; the shell, long journeys; the key, success and power.
Read more at Frightbytes. They have a Huge, Full Sack of Tricks & Treats for you: http://www.frightbytes.com/halloween_superstition/halloween_superstitions.html
Do you know of more unheard-of superstitions?
And, c'mon, confess: which do you follow? (I admit I do knock on wood whenever I feel I've said something that tempts Fate, and I try to keep my mind blank of nonsense chatter/comments/judgements when I'm driven past a cemetery.)
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