Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

For those of you who don't know, this is our families favorite holiday! DJ and I got to know each other while building a haunted house in the community we use to live in. The place was a seriously sweet and one major labor of love. It was an old fire house with a circle staircase up to a creepy 3 room 1 bath sleeping quarter. 8 of us spent over 6 weeks working on the conversion and then Halloween night we all dressed up and maned our stations for over 4 hours of tours and frights. I was a fortune teller who had a glowing crystal ball and a good scream at the right time. DJ was a vampire who had a tendency to pop up in unsettling places. We had a blast and ever since then Halloween has been our special night together. We carve several pumpkins, roast the seeds, watch scary movies like including What Lies Beneath and Scream, then enjoy a little home cooking an pumpkin pie. Well tonight DJ had to work so we carved out pumpkins last night and I'm home handing out candy, scaring myself with movies and cooking up a storm for when my hunny gets home. So I thought I'd share some of the sights here at our little haunted house.
And just for fun, a little Halloween superstition trivia from the History Channel.

When it's the time for Halloween celebration, it is then that the people tend to become more superstitious. There are many superstitions and myths about Halloween and most of the people have a strong belief in them. In the reservoir of common Halloween superstitions, there are distinctive kinds of superstitions: animal superstitions, witch superstitions, bats in house superstitions and many more.

• It is believed that if an unmarried girl keeps a rosemary herb and a silver sixpence under her pillow on Halloween night, it is quite likely that on that very night, she would dream of her future husband.

• It is said that if you hear someone's footsteps behind you on the Halloween night, you should not turn back because it may be a dead following you. And if you commit the mistake of looking back, it is likely that you might join the dead very soon.

• People believe that if on the Halloween night, a girl carrying a lamp in her hand goes to a spring of water, she will see the reflection of her life partner in water.

• People have a superstition that if an unmarried girl carries a broken egg in a glass and takes it to a spring of water, she will be able to catch the glimpse of not just her future husband, by mixing some spring water in the glass, but also she can see the reflection of her future kids.

• There is the old saying that "black cats are bad luck". It was once believed that black cats were the devil, or consumed by evil spirits.

• If you put your clothes on inside out as well as outside walk backwards on Halloween night. At midnight you will see a witch in the sky. People used to believe witches were the devil, or that they were consumed by evil.

• If you ring a bell on Halloween it will frighten evil spirits away.

• Many people used to consider that owls would dive down to eat the souls of the dying on Halloween. They used to think if you pulled your pockets out, and left them hanging, they'd be safe.

• It has been said if a bat flies into your house on Halloween, it is a sign that ghosts or spirits are very nearer, and maybe they are in your home and let the bat in.

• People used to believe that if bats are out early on Halloween, and they fly around playfully, then good weather is to come.

• If a bat flies around your house three times on Halloween, death is very soon to come

• To ward off evil spirits on Halloween, you can bury all the animal bones in your front yard, or even put a picture of an animal very close to your doorway.

• People used to believe you could walk around your house three times backwards before sunset on Halloween, and that would take care of all evil.

• It could be the spirit of a dead loved one watching you if you watch a spider on Halloween.


Amie said...

holy cow awesome pumpkins! The vampire one is SOOOO GOOD!

Gledwood said...

It's funny... black cats are meant to be GOOD luck in Britain and some parts of Europe... bad luck in certain other parts of Europe... and the United States as it seemingly turns out... well well I never knew that one. We get loads of black cats over here... are they really unpopulat on your side of the Atlantic then?

Jaime said...

Those pumpkins are great!! I never got around to carving ours, I should've had you over, you and DJ are pros!!

Natalie said...

How fun! You guys did some serious pumpkin carving! No wonder you didn't return my calls/emails! You're fingers weren't functioning after all that! :)

Christine said...

It was great to finally meet you that night! Your house looked wonderful!