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Halloween Superstitions

The History of Halloween
Halloween Origins and Customs
Customs and Traditions

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CostumePrecautions must be taken on this night of enchantment.

On Halloween, journeys must be finished before sunset.

A piece of bread crossed with salt (holy bread with witch- repellent salt) was carried in the pockets of travellers to keep them safe.

Apples, nuts and candles figured prominently in many of the superstitions practised at Hallowe'en

hazelnuts on treeHazel Nuts -
Girls placed hazel nuts along the front of the fire grate, each one to symbolize one of her suitors. She could then find out who her future husband would be by chanting, 'If you love me, pop and fly; if you hate me, burn and die.'

People believed that the Devil was a nut-gatherer. At Halloween, nuts were used as magic charms.

1) If you slice an apple through the equator (to reveal the five-pointed star within) and then eat it by candlelight before a mirror, your future spouse will appear over your shoulder.
2) Peel an apple, making sure the peeling comes off in one long strand and then throw it over your shoulder. The shape it lands in will be the initial of your beloved.
3) If you place an apple under your pillow you will dream of your future husband.

Take a candle and look into a mirror whilst combing your hair or eating an apple. Your future husband will appear peeking over your shoulder.


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