BOO! What’s Your Favorite Halloween Superstition?

Halloween Superstitions

Sure, we all know that if a black cat crosses the street, you might have some bad luck on the way. And, yeah… If you break a mirror instead, that streak of poor fortune will extend itself to seven years. But what about those superstitions you’re unaware of? You could be welcoming evil into your life without even knowing it!

Check out Costume SuperCenter’s favorite Halloween superstitions, and be sure to look both ways before making any sudden moves this October.

Animal Superstitions

Black Cats

  • If you want seven years of bad luck, all you have to do is kill a black cat.
  • If a bat flies into a house it is a sign that ghosts are about and maybe the ghost let the bat in.
  • Looking for an omen of imminent death? Look for a bat flying around your house three times.
  • If you see a black cat, and it isn’t yours, get it away from your porch and windows. If it meows, a death is on its way.
  • If you see a spider on Halloween, it could be the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you.
  • Sparrows are widely-thought to carry the souls of the dead and it is believed to bring bad luck if you kill one.
  • Think black cats are an international representation of bad luck? Wrong. White cats are bad luck in England and Ireland.

Classic Superstitions

Broken Mirrors

  • There is an old Celtic custom of lighting large bonfires on Halloween. After they had burned out, a circle was made of the ashes of each fire, and within the circle, everyone present would place a pebble. If your stone was out of place the following morning, you’d be the first of the group to die.
  • It’s bad luck to see your face in a mirror by candlelight. If you look at a mirror by candlelight you might see the spirit of a loved person who has died.
  • In England, it’s lucky to see an empty hearse coming toward you, but you’ll bring bad luck upon yourself if you turn to watch it pass.
  • Throughout Germany, lying in a coffin, even for fun, is an invitation for death.
  • Some cultures believe that a baby should never be shown its own reflections before it is a year old. If it happens, it will die.
  • Also in Germany, no clothing belonging to a living person should be placed in a coffin. As the article rots in the grave, so too will its owner.

The Scariest of the Superstitions

Ghost Superstitions

  • Don’t look at your shadow in the moonlight. Doing that almost guarantees imminent death.
  • I bet you characters in horror movies wish they knew this one: If you see a ghost, all you have to do is walk around it nine times and it will disappear.
  • Have you ever seen a candle being used as part of a ceremony blow itself out? That means evil spirits are near.
  • If there’s a clock in the room where somebody has died, stop it. If you don’t, you’re bringing bad luck upon yourself.
  • Ever wonder why people hold their breath when they pass cemeteries? It’s so evil spirits can’t enter their bodies.
  • Put your hands in your pockets when visiting a cemetery. Pointing at a grave will cause your finger to rot.
  • Was the kid from The Sixth Sense born on Halloween? It’s said having the October birthday can allow you to communicate with spirits.
  • Science tells us that blue hues mean the flame is hotter than ever. Superstition tells us a blue flame means evil is near.
  • Sure, putting candles inside jack-o-lanterns look pretty, but the real reason we do that is to keep demons at bay.
  • A burning candle inside a jack-o-lantern on Halloween keeps evil spirits and demons at bay.

If you want to have a safe and happy Halloween, be sure you do two things: Follow these tips to avoiding evil spirits, and look for your new costumes and accessories at Costume SuperCenter!

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