It’s close to that night of the year when all sorts of H – - – breaks loose. Halloween or All Hallows Eve brings out warnings to parents about the evil demonic origins of Halloween in Celtic culture of long ago. That brings rebuttals about Halloween being a "harmless holiday for fun, costumes, candy, trick and treat, smell my feet etc. The "harmless" element gets worked over when parents read warnings about pins, razors or poison in candy treats or apples; better take the kids to the Mall or a Nursing Home for the "treats".
I grew up in a good time where Halloween was concerned. Nobody seemed to have heard about the evil origins or the weird "Samhain" night observed by the ancient Celts when spirits of the dead returned to earth causing the Celts to wear animal heads or skins (primitive costumes) to scare away the spirits. We just knew it was a great night to go to the neighbors’ houses wearing our cloth and glue masks (I can still smell my mask when my hot breath started to melt the glue in the cloth) It was even worse if it was raining! "Trick or Treat!" we would carol to the well-known people who lived in our block. We collected the candy and if we were naughty, we would "soap" a window or two in spite of their being nice to us. My Dad always loved Halloween night because he loved candy and when my sister and I would come home with our bags of candy we would dump it out on the living room floor and Dad would join us in picking out the really good stuff—-like homemade fudge or divinity (no worry about pins or razors then).
But I looked up some weird stuff on the History Channel website and you better take this seriously or you could be in big trouble on Halloween night! Here are some projects to carry out on Oct. 31 before the midnight hour comes.
** An unmarried girl should carry a lamp to a spring of water and she will see the image of her future husband in the water of the spring. (this could be good news or bad news depending on whose image you see)
**An unmarried girl could carry a broken egg in a glass to a spring of water and she will also see her future husband’s face in the water. If she mixes some spring water with the egg, she can then see all her future children (that could be really scary especially if you saw 10 or 11 faces)
** Put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night and you will see a WITCH at midnight! (I always thought if I stared at the moon, I would see a witch fly across it…when I was 7 or 8 that is) I did not know about wearing my clothes inside out or walking backward….drat, I could’ve seen a witch at midnight if I had just known.
**Walk around your house backward three times before sunset on Halloween and it will keep the evil spirits away from you.
**To ward off evil spirits on Halloween, bury a lot of animal bones in your front yard and put a picture of an animal near your door. ( save up your chicken, turkey, and pork chop bones for next year)
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
**If a bat flies around your house three times on Halloween night, death is very near.
**Owls dive down and eat the souls of the dying in Halloween night but if you turn your pockets inside out and leave them hanging out, you will be fine.
**If the flame of your candle goes out on Halloween night, it is because you are in the presence of a ghost.
**If you hear footsteps behind you on Halloween night, do NOT look back. It is very likely that a dead spirit is following you and if you turn around to look, you will soon join that dead spirit. So don’t do it! This reminds me of a good story about a man who was being followed by a walking casket. The man was horrified to hear a clicking and clacking one Halloween night and saw that it was a casket following him. Terrified he ran blindly but the casket just ran faster and kept following him, clicking and clacking its open lid. The man ran to his home hoping to escape the terrible spectre of the running casket but the casket followed him into his house. To his horror the clicking, clacking casket followed him up his stairway and even into his bathroom. He was trapped! Desperately, the terror-stricken man opened the medicine cabinet and grabbed the first thing he found…a bottle of cold- remedy medicine. He hurled the medicine bottle at the casket——and the "Coffin" stopped.
It seems to me that the best thing to do on Halloween is to go to bed, wrap all the blankets around you and cower under the covers until morning comes. Then things are OK because according to ancient custom, the Catholic Church changed the pagan holiday of "Halloween" into "All Saints Day" and you should be safe on November 1…..unless it happens to be the opening day of hunting.