Halloween superstitions (from Moonslipper.com)
- On Halloween, the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead are at their thinnest and this is the most opportune time to try to make contact with those who have passed on…
- On All Hallow’s Eve, all the Fairy forts, dwellings, mounds and hills are flung wide open and their occupants, all members of the Fairy Kingdom come forth and wander all over, sometimes causing grave mishief. Only the foolish or the bold venture out after dark on All Hallow’s Eve.
- An old belief is that all souls in Purgatory are let out for two days at Halloween. Watch your back!
- If a bat flies into the house at this time of year, it indicates that there are ghosts around.
- Everyone in the household should place stones with their own personal marks into the Halloween fire. These need to be be retrieved from the ashes of the fire on November 1st - if your stone is undamaged it’s a sign of luck for the coming 12 months. If damaged or not found in the ashes, this indicates a spell of misfortune.
- To find out who your future husband will be, stand in front of a mirror at midnight, light two candles and start brushing your hair. The ghost of your sweetheart will appear in the glass.
- Spiders in the house on the night of Halloween indicate that the spirit of a loved one is watching over you from the other side. Be kind to that spider!
- Walking around the outside of your home counterclockwise and backwards before the sun sets on Halloween is said to protect against negative entities and souls. It will also make you quite dizzy…
- Another tradition regarding marriage is to place a sprig of fresh rosemary and a silver coin under your pillow on the night of October 31st. Your future partner is reputed to appear in your dreams.
- Placing a black candle in each window of the house at Halloween is an ancient Irish custom, believed to protect the occupants from the dead wandering around outside. It must be allowed to burn down completely – not to be blown out, for this is considered the height of ill luck. Note: If following this Samhain tradition, please make sure to place lighted candles in safe, fire-proof containers, away from fabrics, draughts, children and pets! Be careful and responsible!
- If you’re out for a stroll on Samhain night and hear footsteps behind you, never look back to see who it is - if it’s a spirit, superstition says you may soon be joining it on it’s nightly wanderings.
- In many Celtic countries, plates of food are left out on Halloween night, both for the Dead and the Fairies that are surely out and about this most magical of nights. Why not try it this Samhain?
- If a candle goes out suddenly or the flame turns blue on Samhain, beware, there’s a ghost about…
- Crossroads have always had significant other-worldly properties in Ireland, for they are the places that ghosts are frequently seen and heard at any time of the year. However, at Samhain, if one journeys to a crossroads, it is likely the wind will tell you all you need to know for the following twelve months.
- Hawthorn trees and bushes are to be avoided on October 31st, for the chance of becomed ‘bewitched’ near these plants is very high.
- The traditional Jack-o-Lantern lit at All Hallow’s Eve is specifically to keep ghosts, ghouls and other worrisome things away.