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Halloween Superstitions and Symbols

Halloween Superstitions and Symbols

Halloween is full of legends, superstitions, and scary stories. The following are some interesting Halloween beliefs:

Blue Light?
Watch out for ghosts. The belief is that if a candle’s flame turns blue on Halloween night, a ghost is near.

No Talking
On Halloween night, nobody is supposed to speak during dinner. If someone does, it is believed to encourage the spirits to come to that table.

Husband Search
According to some tales, if, on Halloween night, a girl puts a sprig of rosemary and a silver coin under her pillow, she will see her future husband in a dream.

Where Did Jack O’Lanterns Originate?
According to Irish legend, there was a miserly old drunkard named Jack who, accepted in neither heaven nor hell, was forced to wander the earth with a coal from hell stuck in a turnip to light his way.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.