Boo! Spooky Halloween Superstitions

Halloween Superstitions & Folklore

Be aware of Halloween traditions with this list of superstitions for the holiday.

Halloween is just around the corner. Is the hair on the back of your neck standing up yet? If you’re looking to add a little more spooky fun to your seasonal festivities, here are some Halloween superstitions, myths, and folklore.

  • When you’re passing a cemetery, hold your breath or evil spirits could enter your body! If you’re in a graveyard, turn your pockets inside out so you won’t carry any ghosts home in your pocket.
  • You can get rid of ghosts by walking around them nine times. After the ninth, they’ll disappear.
  • Don’t be afraid of spiders on Halloween night; if you see one, it could be the spirit of a loved one who’s passed away coming back to protect you.
  • Black cats have long been associated with witches, and one crossing your path could be a sign that there’s a witch nearby. If a black cat meows while it’s on your porch or near a window of your home, it’s an omen of a coming death in the family.

Some super simple ones repeated over the years are:

  • To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck
  • If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck
  • To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck
  • To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad luck
  • To find a horseshoe brings good luck
  • Step on a crack, break your mother’s back
  • You can break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle
  • Garlic protects from evil spirits and vampires

And then there’s something known as an ‘old wives tales’ which is usually thought to be somewhat true but we’ve found some legitimacy for the following ones that actually do have merit!

  • Chicken soup as medicine

We’ve all heard the wisdom that when you have a cold you should eat chicken soup, no? Well, turns out it has some truth to it. While chicken soup won’t go so far as curing you of the common cold, it will go some way towards relieving the symptoms.  Scientists have discovered that chicken soup can actually reduce inflammation by slowing down the white blood cell activity responsible for causing said inflammation. So go forth – and eat soup.

  • A long, arduous labor = baby boy

It’s true – science has proven that boys give their mothers more grief during labor than girls. A 2003 Irish study found that women who give birth to baby boys are more likely to run into complications during labor, resulting in a higher number of emergency caesareans.  Why?  The study suggests that this is because boys are generally larger and heavier at birth than girls – and they have bigger heads.

·      Chocolate helps to relieve premenstrual cramps

Turns out those chocolate cravings some of us may get just before we get our period don’t just arise to undermine our healthy eating habits. They actually happen for physiological reasons.  Studies suggest that chocolate contains nutrients and antioxidants such as anandamide, which can have a calming effect, and keep anxiety and moods in balance. So we don’t need to feel guilty about indulging in that extra piece of chocolate – but we shouldn’t overdo it!

Happy Halloween from The Maria Sanchez Show!

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