Halloween Myths

While people generally view superstitions with mild amusement these days, it is amazing how many of us still knock on wood to avoid tempting fate, cross our fingers for luck, or avoid walking beneath a ladder “just in case.” Here are numerous Halloween myths, omens and superstitions involving death connected to the October 31st holiday. You may take them as seriously (or not) as you wish!

  • If you hear steps behind you on Halloween night, don’t turn around, because is death following you, and will take you if you do.
  • When a bird flies into a sick person’s window, it means that person will die soon.
  • On Halloween, if you see a spider, it is the spirit of a loved one that is watching over you.
  • An omen of death is when you dream of death.
  • You will know that a family member has died when you heard the chime of a clock that is not working.
  • You know someone has died when a bird flies into your house.
  • If you spot a bat on October 31 and it happens to fly around your house three times, then someone within will soon die.
  • If you discover a bat flying around inside your home on Halloween, don’t blame yourself for leaving a window or door open somewhere. Instead, the ghosts and spirits of the dead that haunt your house let the flying furry mammal inside.
  • While some cultures today actually associate black cats with good luck, hearing a black cat “meow” outside your front door or a window on Halloween traditionally means you or someone in your family will soon die.
  • If you plan to drive your little ghouls and goblins to another neighborhood on Halloween night in hopes of a better “score” and your route takes you past a cemetery, everyone in the vehicle should hold his or her breath while passing it to prevent evil spirits from entering their bodies.
  • The distinctive shape of a coffin often appears in modern Halloween-related merchandise, but the living should never climb into one, even in jest. Doing so merely invites death by signaling that you are ready to go. Presumably, this same admonition applies to a casket, too.
  • Sure, there’s nothing spooky today about that row of Halloween costumes in your local, brightly lit Target store, but the ancient Celts started disguising themselves at the end of the fall harvest in order to prevent the dead from stealing their souls.
  • You should rethink dressing up as the Headless Horseman on Halloween. Casting a headless shadow, or even no shadow at all, is considered an ominous sign that a death with occur within the year.

 

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