Hallow’s Eve or Halloween as it’s more commonly known is the perfect time of year to enjoy being scared. Sure being scared isn’t for everyone, but that’s why there’s the guiltless Halloween candy and fun costumes. If you’re looking for some spooky Halloween superstitions to enjoy these year, I’ve got the scoop on some of the most common stories:
It all started in 1846, when carved pumpkins with candles inside were just used as a light source. Candles were the only thing that people during this time had to see in the dark. It gets spookier. Some would carve turnips and place candles inside using them as lanterns. These lighted turnips were said to act as guides luring lost souls back to their homes in the darkness. Today, we focus more on lighted pumpkins and let them guide trick-or-treaters searching for candy.
Witches during medieval times were older, introverted women that may or may not have used a broom stick as a walking stick. Keep in mind many poor women could not afford horses, the only form of transportation at the time, so they had to walk everywhere they went. The superstition of witches flying on broomsticks stems from a hallucinogenic ointment that lead some to believe they were flying on their broomsticks. Of course, any illusion of flying broomsticks was attributed to side effects from the drug. Takers of this hallucinogen suffered from rapid heartbeat, numbness, and confusion. It’s not any different than people today claiming to see UFOs as alien life flying on Earth. When in fact, they are truly just seeing an unidentified flying object.
Pagan Celts believed that the cauldron was a symbol of the womb of Mother Earth. The Crone’s Cauldron was where souls waited to be reincarnated. We see them everywhere today as Halloween staples for stirring a witches brew or collection cauldrons for candy. Originally, they were a sign of life and not so ominous.
A superstition that many still believe in today regards the black cat. If a black cat crosses your path, you will be cursed with bad luck. Believe me, I’ve been around people who wholeheartedly believe in this superstition even today. Originally, in the Dark Ages, women who were single and acted out of the norm were labelled witches. Coincidentally, many of these women had black cats that were gifts to these witches from the devil. Sure cats can sometimes be little devils, but I highly doubt they can give one bad luck.
Some of my favorite random Halloween superstitions:
Break out the Quija board! Attending a ceremony on Halloween where a flame blows out, means that a evil spirits are near.
Keep the evil spirits out of your body by holding your breath every time you pass a cemetary.
The only full proof way to make a ghost disappear is to walk around it nine times (no more, no less.)
Slamming doors leads to ghost injury. Once you’ve injured a ghost, he/she will haunt you for the rest of your life.
Hear footsteps behind you? Run, run as fast as you can. Don’t look back because the dead may be following you. Looking back only leads to your death.
Babies born on Halloween have the ability to see and speak to spirits.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my list of Halloween superstitions with a little bit of sarcasm attached. Superstitions, especially around Halloween, are meant to make the holiday more fun for all by creating that eery feeling that makes you pick up the pace or peek over your shoulder.
What are your favorite Halloween superstitions?