7 Halloween Superstitions You Don't Really Want to Believe

You probably shrug them off as Old Wives Tales, silly superstitions. Just coincidental occurrences. Classic Halloween superstitions continue to be passed down through generations. Whatever type of story they may be, there are hundreds of Halloween superstitions and stories that stick with us year after year. Even if we don’t really want to believe them they still make us do a double take now and then. From ringing bells to scare away spirits, to avoiding our own shadow in the moonlight, here are just seven Halloween superstitions and customs that have stuck with us through time. Many that we mightn't really want to believe:

Unexplained candle burnouts. If you’re burning candles on Halloween and there’s no breeze or a drafty door to explain it, the only reasonable explanation is there’s a ghost in the house. A disappearing flame on the candle burned on Halloween means there’s a ghost in the house. A welsh Halloween superstition believes that a flame that suddenly turns blue means there’s a ghost nearby.

Spirit-chasing bells. A medieval superstition that still lingers today, the ringing of bells (or chimes, doorbells. Other sound-making devices) is supposed to chase away evil spirits.

Flying bats. If you happen to catch sight of bats flying around your house–either inside or outside–this could be a sign of ghosts and spirits nearby. Grab the garlic.

Black and white cats. In Britain, white cats are a sign of bad luck and may mean evil spirits(Spirit) A discarnate being, or ghost, that exists in an invisible realm.souheganparanormalinvestigators.com/Glossary-of-Paranormal-Terminology.html are lurking close by. Black cats have often been associated with the devil. Even though many black cat owners will insist this is just a superstition, Halloween calls for many witch and black cat duos. Seeing a black cat. Simply crossing paths with one over Halloween, could be a sign of negative things ahead.

Halloween birthdays. According to Welsh legends, children born on Halloween will have special powers to ward off evil spirits(spirit) the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=spirit and the ‘gift of second sight.’

The moonlight shadow. Another Celtic superstition involves the moon. If you catch your shadow in the moonlight, you’re simply doomed to bad luck–and even death.

Big brother spiders. A European superstition involves seeing spiders on Halloween. If you find a few lurking in your room or house on Halloween night, it means that the spirit of a dead loved one is watching over you. Very comforting, indeed.

While most of these might make you think twice this year, a strange encounter might lead you to knock on wood and hope for the best. . .

Sabah Karimi writes beauty, fitness, style, travel, and personal finance content for several Y! channels. She is a full-time freelance copywriter and content writer. She is also the founder of Healthy Meals...

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