We'd jump in the car and head over to our grandparent's house & the houses of other family and friends. My Dad always made sure to take us to one house in particular. A lady that worked at our school cafeteria always made and gave candied apples and popcorn balls. That was Halloween GOLD back in the day. I don't even know anyone that makes either of those treats these days...today's generation is missing out!
I thought I would share a few of the spookier Signs and Omens to go along with this spooky night. I hope you enjoy them and you can find past installments here on my blog.
I found these vintage Halloween items in an antique store, Black & White Antiques, in Blairsville, GA.
- Settlers would dress a child in clothes of the opposite sex as a way to confuse the devil. Some Irish settlers would do this until the children reached 14 years of age.
- You shouldn't turn down the bed too early in the evening because it invites evil spirits to hop in.
- You should always check under the bed before going to sleep to make sure that the devil isn't hiding there.
- Ringing a church bell can frighten off evil spirits.
- If a flying witch hears the sound of a church bell, it will cause her to fall to the ground.
- A birch tree planted beside the front door provides protection from a witch trying to enter the house. She will be drawn to counting the leaves before she can go in.
- Dark birds that flock around trees but never land are said to be the souls of evil persons who cannot rest.
- Placing bread and coffee under a house will keep ghosts from entering it.
- A girl can learn what type of husband she'll marry by pulling up a cabbage by the roots on Halloween. If the roots are sturdy and straight, her husband will be handsome and strong. If they are crooked, he will be dishonest and cruel.
- Chestnuts must be placed on a table on Halloween as a gift for the dead. This insures that the house will not become haunted.
- If you're walking down a road on Halloween night and you hear someone walking behind you, you must not turn around because it may be death himself.
- Never go hunting on Halloween because you may accidentally wound a wandering spirit.
- If you stop at a crossroads on Halloween and listen carefully to the wind, you may be able to hear what the future holds.
- If a girl stands in front of a mirror on Halloween, eating an apple while combing her hair at midnight, her future husband's image will be reflected over her left shoulder.
- An old Scottish superstition says that a young girl can count the number of grains on an oak stalk on Halloween to see how many children she will have.
- Bleeding on Halloween is an omen that the injured person will die in the near future.
- If the flame of a candle flickers and then turns blue, there is a spirit in the room.
- If you feel a chill go up your spine, someone has just walked over your grave.
- Hold your breath when you walk past a cemetery or you might breathe in the soul of someone who has recently died.
- Not sharing your Halloween candy means you're greedy. Ha, I had to throw that one in there. ;)