Common Halloween Myths

There are many superstitious Halloween myths. People tend to become more superstitious during Halloween time, too, as thoughts of spirits and those who have crossed over increase and scary movies are played on TV. The myths fall into different categories. Believe what you like, as this article isn't an endorsement of any of them. Read it in the informative and entertainment sense in which it is intended. The origins of these superstitions are varied, and most are unknown. Tell them at Halloween parties and note that some of them may be the origins of scary stories or urban legends you may have heard at one time. We'll warn you now: You may have a creepy feeling if one happens to you after reading this article!

You will have bad luck if these things happen to you, or you witness them on Halloween:

  • Three hoots of an owl
  • You see the new moon over your left shoulder
  • You hear a rooster crow at night
  • You put your shirt on inside-out
  • You get out of bed left foot first
  • You sing before breakfast (you'll cry before dinner)
  • You open an umbrella inside a building or house
  • You see a white cat

You will have good luck if these things happen to you, or you witness them on Halloween:

  • You sleep facing south
  • The top of your head has an itch
  • You pick up a piece of coal lying in your path
  • A robin flies into your house
  • You sneeze three times before breakfast
  • You put on a dress inside out
  • You dream of a white cat
  • You hear a cat sneeze

Death omens on Halloween:

  • Dreaming of birth is an omen of death.
  • If a bird flies into the window of a sick person, it means the person will die soon.
  • If a bird flies into your house, it means someone has died.
  • Hearing footsteps behind you and looking back.
  • If a clock that wasn't working suddenly chimes, a family member has died.
Related Life123 Articles

Adults and kids now see Halloween as a popular holiday, but the history behind Halloween has had several twists and turns. The holiday began as part of Celtic tradition, changed with the influence of Christianity, and went through a dark period before becoming the Halloween we know today.

Sharing Halloween history with your kids can help them to appreciate the evolution of Halloween from the centuries-old harvest celebrations into the candy and costume fun of the modern day.

Frequently Asked Questions on
More Related Life123 Articles

Halloween, as we know it has been a tradition in our country for many years, but have you ever wondered where it came from? Celts, or people from the area of Ireland, United Kingdom and Northern France around 2000 years ago had their new year as November 1st.

Halloween, October 31, is traditionally celebrated as a night of fun and frolic for children. But where did all our traditions originate? Let's take a look at the history of Halloween. Where did it originate, how did the traditions all come to be, and finally why do people enjoy being scared?


Samhain was a Pagan festival celebrated by the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain.

Have you ever wondered if anyone interesting was born on Halloween? There are more people who have Halloween birthdays than you might have imagined.

© 2015 Life123, Inc. All rights reserved. An IAC Company