Superstitions flourish in all countries and all cultures. Some of the origins are so obscured by time that no one knows when, how or why they came into being. Friday the 13th always brings out superstitions and the rituals used to thwart them.
And then there's Halloween.
Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends. They set places at the table and left treats on doorsteps for these friendly spirits. They also lit candles to help their loved ones find their way back to the spirit world. Today's Halloween ghosts are usually depicted as scarier, as are our customs and superstitions.
Here's a list of ten superstitions that seem to apply specifically to Halloween.
1) If a candle goes out on its own on Halloween, it is thought a ghost has come to call.
2) A burning candle inside of a Jack-o-lantern on Halloween keeps evil spirits at bay.
3) You invite bad luck into your home if you allow a fire to burn out on Halloween.
4) A person born on Halloween can both see and talk to spirits.
5) Seeing a spider on Halloween could be the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you.
6) If you hear footsteps behind you on Halloween, don't look back because it could be the dead following.
7) Don't look at your shadow in moonlight on Halloween night. Otherwise, you will die within a short period of time.
8) If a bat flies around a house three times, it is a death omen.
9) Ringing a bell on Halloween will scare evil spirits away.
10) A bat that enters a home may have been let in by a ghost.