What would the spookiest time of year be without its superstitions?
Bats, bats and more bats
If you find a bat in your house on Halloween then a spirit is visiting you. But, if the bat just flits about outside then you’ll have good weather the next day. Watch out for bats circling your home! If a bat flies around your house 3 times on Halloween night then death is inevitable.
And it’s not just bats
If a black cat meows on your door step on All Hallows Eve then a death will occur in the family.
Find the biggest apple
Gather your friends, hand them a knife and apple then get peeling! The person with the longest, unbroken apple peel is assured of the longest life. Furthermore, throw the peel over your left shoulder and you’ll see the initial of your future spouse in the apple peel.
Camp out at the crossroads
Halloween is a traditional time of divination but don’t fret if you haven’t got your trusted Tarot deck or reliable Runes to hand. Just go to a crossroads and listen to the wind. The wind will whisper the important events for you over the next 12 months.
If in doubt, look ahead
If you’re brave enough to venture out on the 31st October, don’t look behind you! If you hear footsteps turn around at your own peril as you could have attracted some dead followers. And a quick glance over your shoulder means you’ll soon be joining them.
Don’t forget the bread
If you insist on carrying out the perilous pursuit of walking about after dark remember to take a lump of bread with you. Give it as an offering to the undead and they should leave you alone. If it doesn’t work you can always banish it by walking around it 9 times!
Becareful of where you point
You might decide to take a leisurely evening stroll in a cemetery in which case don’t point at a gravestone. Your finger will rot off!
And whatever you do, don’t bleed
Bleeding is never pleasant but do try not to do it on Halloween. If you do, according to Anglo-Saxon lore, you won’t be around to see the next Halloween. Yikes!