The Student News Site of Stony Brook University

The Statesman

46° Stony Brook, NY
The Student News Site of Stony Brook University

The Statesman

The Student News Site of Stony Brook University

The Statesman


    Be Scared, Be Very Scared

    Are you superstitious? Halloween is one holiday that floods our minds with the supernatural. Even scientists will feel muddled by the innumerable superstitions and customs that Halloween brings. Whether they are true or not, most will agree that superstitions are interesting and fun. Here are ten superstitions and customs that will surely haunt you on Halloween:

    The Black Cat
    If a black cat crosses your path, it will bring you bad luck. Black cats were once believed to resemble the devil. During the Middle Ages, black cats were hunted and burned during Easter. Interestingly, in England, white cats are believed to bring bad luck.

    Inside-Out Clothing
    It is believed that if you wear your clothes inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night, you will see a witch in the sky at midnight.

    The Flame
    If the flame on your candle goes out on Halloween, you are believed to be in the presence of a ghost.

    The Stone
    An old Celtic custom is to build big bonfires and wait for them to go out. Celts would make a circle with the ashes from each fire. On the edge of each circle, each family would place a stone. If any stone was damaged or out of place on the day after Halloween, the person who originally put the stone there was predicted to die within twelve months.

    The Bell
    Ringing a bell on Halloween will scare away evil spirits.

    Owls and Pockets
    It is believed that owls dive down to eat the souls of the dying on Halloween. People were obviously afraid of owls hooting on Halloween night, so, they pulled their pockets out, and left them hanging to be safe from them.

    Satan, the Nut-Gatherer
    Satan is believed to be a nut-gatherer. On Halloween, nuts were used as magic charms.

    If a bat flies into your house on Halloween, it is a sign that ghosts or spirits are near. It is believed that the ghosts and spirits let the bats in. If bats are out early on Halloween, and they fly around playfully, then nice weather is expected. The scariest is perhaps that if a bat flies around your house three times on Halloween, death awaits you.

    Warding Off Evil
    There are two ways to do this. You can bury animal bones in your front yard, or put a picture of an animal in your doorway. You can also walk around your house three times backwards before sunset on Halloween.

    The Spider
    Sighted a spider? It could be the spirit of an expired loved one watching you.

    Leave a Comment
    Donate to The Statesman

    Your donation will support the student journalists of Stony Brook University. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

    More to Discover
    Donate to The Statesman

    Comments (0)

    All The Statesman Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *