Hell-Bent On Halloween: Spooky Superstitions

Halloween is filled with mystery, magic and superstition. Call them what you want – old wives tales, urban legends, or just scary stories – millions across the globe still find the logic and rational in superstitions. Many superstitions come from mythology and have been passed along from generation to generation. We count down the top most common superstitions that still exist in a modern world:

 

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  • Don’t Walk Under A Ladder: This superstition arises from a Christian belief in the Holy Trinity: Since a ladder leaning against a wall forms a triangle, breaking that triangle was blasphemous.

 

  • Black Cat In Your Path: Said to spell bad luck, this superstition arises from old beliefs in witches and their animal familiars, which were often said to take the form of domestic animals like cats.

 

  • Breaking A Mirror: According to folklore, breaking a mirror is a surefire way to doom yourself to seven years of bad luck. The superstition seems to arise from the belief that mirrors don’t just reflect your image; they hold bits of your soul. That belief led people in the old days of the American South to cover mirrors in a house when someone died, lest their soul be trapped inside.

 

  • The Number 13: One version of the origin of that 13 is an unlucky number is that Judas Iscariot was the 13th guest at the Last Supper and Jesus was crucified on a Friday. The fear is so widespread that many tall apartment buildings and hotels simply omit labelling their 13th floor. Even some airlines don’t have a 13th row.
  • Umbrellas: Opening an umbrella inside is believed to impend death or ill fortune for both the person who opened it and the people who live within the home.

 

  • The Opal: The concept that the opel stone brings bad luck stems from the bestselling novel ‘Anne of Geierstein’ by Sir Walter Scott (1829) where Lady Hermione dies shortly after a drop of holy water accidentally falls on her opal jewellery and changes its colour. Following the book the Opal market crashed.

 

  • Bring On The Poop: If a bird defecates on you, your car or your property it’s a sign good luck and may bring you riches.
  • Crossing Fingers: To cross one’s fingers is a hand gesture commonly used for good luck. It was used during ancient Christian persecution by believers to identify other believers as a sign of peace.

 

  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: Wishing on the first star you see in the evening stems from the belief that the gods would occasionally peer down, and when they moved the sky, a star would escape and fall down. It’s was also believed that the stars where falling human souls, and it was lucky to make a wish on them.

 

  • Beware Of The broom: As the superstition goes, you cannot sweep dirt out of a new house with a new broom unless you sweep something in first. If you don’t sweep something in first, then you will be sweeping out your good luck.

 

  • A Knife: Legend has it that giving a knife as a present ‘cuts’ your friendship in two. More bizarre, is the widespread belief in keeping a knife under the pillow wards off nightmares and protects from evil spirits.

 

  • Use Salt:Salt is considered good luck by many cultures in the world. In order to get rid of many forms of bad luck you can take a pinch of salt and throw it over your left shoulder (throwing salt over your right shoulder will bring you more bad luck).
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