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Halloween Superstitions – Do you Believe?

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Halloween will be here before you know it.  The holiday that includes people dressing in costume, ringing doorbells, asking for candy to trick or treat.  It also has become the 2nd largest holiday in the world behind only Christmas, but Halloween started with superstitions, witches, folklore and fantasy.  Do you believe in superstitions and do know why a black cat is considered bad luck?  

According to Wikipedia; A superstition is a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge. It is commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy, magic, the supernatural, and spiritual beings or ghosts.

There are some crazy superstitions regarding Halloween.

If a candle blows out on Halloween it is believed a ghost is nearby.

Always burn new candles on Halloween to bring good luck.

If you peer into a candle burning on Halloween, you should be able to see the future.

If you hear footsteps behind you on Halloween, don’t turn around it is death coming after you.

If you allow a fire to burnout on Halloween it is considered bad luck

Should a bat fly around your house three times, it is said that death is coming.

A person born on Halloween can see and talk to spirits.

If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a dead relative spying on you.

To ward off evil spirits, you should walk around your house backwards three times.

Ring a bell on Halloween to drive off evil.. hence the doorbell and trick or treating!

Knock on wood to keep bad luck away.

Why are black cats considered bad luck?  In folklore, all cats with black fur was considered the devil in disguise.   So if a black cat crosses your path it is considered bad luck, however if you see three black cats in succession its good luck and if you own a black cat, touch one or have it enter your home,  that’s good luck too!   Be nice to black cats and everything will be nice in your world!

There are certainly many more Halloween Superstitions these are just a few to make you think.   – Do you believe?



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