From black cats to broken mirrors, there are so many superstitions ranging from the encouraging to downright irrational. And with Halloween drawing closer, we thought we’d share some spooky superstitions with you.
Whether you believe the suggestions below or not, it’s certainly interesting to learn about other people’s beliefs.
1. Find love with these pillow tricks
If you place a sprig of rosemary and a silver coin beneath your pillow on Halloween night, you’ll dream of the identity of your future husband or wife. Alternatively, an apple is said to have the same effect (although that might be a bit uncomfortable!)
2. Burn a candle for good luck
Some people believe that by burning an orange candle at midnight, good luck can be bestowed upon you. There’s just one problem – you have to keep it burning until sunrise and stay awake. Remember, it can be really dangerous to leave candles burning while you sleep.
3. Keep witches away
To prevent witches from entering your home, place a horseshoe on your door. Alternatively, wear your clothes inside out (you might get some funny looks on the bus, though).
4. Protect yourself from evil spirits
Not only is your Halloween costume a great way to express yourself and impress your friends, it’s also believed to be a fantastic disguise when you encounter evil spirits. You’ll blend right in and they’ll have no idea that you’re a living, breathing human!
Driving past a graveyard on Halloween? Some people believe you should hold your breath to prevent evil spirits from entering your body. We’re not too sure about this one…
5. Does your birthday make you gifted?
Apparently, those who were born on October 31st are more likely to be have the ability to see and talk to ghosts and spirits.
6. Cauldrons and reincarnation
The pagan Celts believed that souls went into the cauldron after death, waiting around to be reincarnated as a living, breathing humans again.
7. Protect yourself from owl omens
Owls may appear harmless but if seen on Halloween night, they’re considered a bad omen. If you see one, turning your pockets inside out is said to protect you and banish evil curses.
8. Spiders, spirits and witches
If you spot a real spider on Halloween, don’t be afraid of it. Some people believe it means the spirit of a loved one is watching over you.
One superstition states that if a spider falls into a candle-lit lamp and is engulfed by the flame, witches are nearby