Canadian Halloween: Halloween Superstitions

 

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The following may be Halloween Superstitions but some can also make for fun, if not spooky, Halloween activities...

  • It is said girls should go into a field and there scatter the seed of hemp while chanting “Hempseed I sow thee Come after me and show me”. Upon turning round, it was said each girl would see a vision of the man who would be her husband.
  • If you catch a snail on Halloween night and lock it in a flat dish you will see the first letter of your sweetheart’s name in the morning.
  • The Welsh believed that when you sneezed you blew the soul out of the body, which is where “God bless you” originated. If someone sneezed on Halloween, it was especially dangerous because the devil could capture your soul.
  • If you hear foot steps behind you on this night, don't look back. It may be the dead following you. Turning back could mean that you will soon join the dead.
  • If a candle flame suddenly turns blue, there's a ghost nearby.
  • Girls who carry a lamp to a spring of water on this night can see their future husband in the reflection.
  • Place a jack-o-lantern on your porch or in your window to frighten evil spirits away but to welcome deceased loved ones on Halloween.
  • If you ring a bell on Halloween, it will scare evil spirits away.
  • You should walk around your home three times backwards and counterclockwise before sunset on Halloween to ward off evil spirits.
  • Knocking on wood keeps bad luck away.
  • If you see a spider on Halloween, it could be the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you.
  • If you ring a bell on Halloween, it will scare evil spirits away.
  • In North America, it's bad luck if a black cat crosses your path and good luck if a white cat crosses your path. In Britain and Ireland, it's the opposite.
  • If you wanted to meet a witch, you had to put your clothes on wrong side out and you had to walk backwards on Halloween night. Then at midnight you would see a witch.
  • Girls who carry a broken egg in a glass to a spring of water (during the day) can not only see their future husband by mixing some of the spring water into the glass, but she can also see a glimpse of her future children.
  • An old tradition was that girls should go into a field and there scatter the seed of hemp. While they did so they chanted "Hempseed I sow thee Come after me and show me". Upon suddenly turning round, it was declared that each girl would see a vision of the man who would be her husband.
  • The Dumb Supper' was brought to America by the Africans. This an eerie Hallowmas meal - where nobody is allowed to speak, not even whisper. It encourages spirits to come to the table.
  • In Britain, people believed that the Devil was a nut-gatherer. At Halloween, nuts were used as magic charms.
  • Some believe if you catch a snail on Halloween night and lock it into a flat dish, then in the morning you will see the first letter of your sweetheart written in the snail's slime.
  • Many people used to believe that owls swooped down to to eat the souls of the dying. If they heard an owl hooting, they would become frightened. A common remedy was thought to be, turning your pockets inside out and you would be safe.
  • In America some people believed in the magical powers of black cats. Certain bones on the cat has the power to make wishes come true, or even to make one invisible. In Europe, the black cats had nasty connections with witches.
  • If a bat flies into a house it is a sign that ghosts are about and maybe the ghost let the bat in.
  • If bats come out early and fly around playfully, then it is a sign of good weather to come.
  • If a bat flies around a house 3 times, it is a death omen.
  • Peel an apple from top to bottom. The person with the longest unbroken peel would be assured the longest life. If you threw the apple peel over your shoulder, the initial it forms upon landing is the initial of your future mate.
  • When bobbing for apples, it is believed that the first person to bite an apple would be the first to marry.
  • If you go to a crossroads at Halloween and listen to the wind, you will learn all the most important things that will befall you during the next twelve months.
  • A person born on Halloween can see and talk to spirits.
  • To prevent ghosts coming into the house at Halloween, bury animal bones or a picture of an animal near the doorway.
  • If a girl puts a sprig of rosemary herb and a silver dollar under her pillow on Halloween night, she will see her future husband in a dream.
  • Crows flying over head on Halloween is unlucky, unless there are three crows in a group, then that is lucky.
  • Don't kill a frog or toad on Halloween, it may be a Witch. Witches often take the shape of a frog or toad on Halloween.
  • Oatmeal and salt were placed on children's' heads to protect them from evil.
  • Carry a lump of bread in your pocket when walking in the dark. It will serve as an offering to ghosts.
  • If you see a ghost, walk around it nine times, and it will disappear.
  • Bury a knife under your doorstep to protect your home from witches, who supposedly cannot pass over cold iron.

 

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