Ghost, monsters and scary stories may be your favorite Halloween themes, but what about the legendary superstitions that make your skin crawl. We have the top five superstitions and the meaning behind their stories to make them a little less scary.
Myth #1: A broken mirror equals bad luckwell, not exactly. This myth is derived from an idea that our ancestors had: The image in a mirror was your actual soul, and if a mirror was shattered, it meant your soul had gone astray. The only way to set it straight is to bury the pieces of broken glass.
Myth #2: People hand out poisoned (or tampered with) candy. Every year, parents worry about their children's well-being when they go out to trick or treat, but the truth behind this myth may have you more relaxed than you think. There have only been two confirmed cases of children being killed by poisoned Halloween candy, and in both cases, they were killed intentionally by one of their parents. With those two exceptions, no child has been killed or seriously injured thanks to Halloween candy.
Myth #3: The number 13 is unlucky. Could a number get a worse rap than 13? They even skip it as an official floor in many buildings, going straight from 12 to 14. But this number is just that -- a number. There's a lot of speculation as to why 13 has been deemed unlucky, including the idea that there were 13 witches in a coven, but rest assured -- it's perfectly fine to leave your house on the 13th. Even on a Friday.
Myth #4: A black cat crossing your path means bad things to come. This myth originates from the idea that witches used to keep these creatures as companions and that some could even change themselves into cats. However, in some countries and cultures (the UK, Japan and Scotland, for example), a black cat actually has a positive connotation: foreshadowing good things to come.
Myth #5: Halloween is the devil's holiday. Halloween is actually derived from Celtic and Druid ritual, which is separate from Christianity -- meaning "Satan" isn't a factor. Scholars attribute this myth to Christian fundamentalists who thought that the dark imagery associated with Halloween made it evil and the work of the devil. In all actuality, the original Halloween celebrations were dedicated to positivity, like celebrating the harvest.
Take a big sigh of relief. There are logical stories behind all these myths and nothing to be weary of. Get dressed up, get some candy and enjoy this spooky holiday!