Written by Anya Hubbard

This week’s superstitions carry on a bit of last week’s Halloween edition. This week we will discuss two different interesting superstitions that you probably didn’t know.

A fun fall activity is carving Jack-o’-lanterns. Surprisingly carving pumpkins has its roots in a sinister, tragic fable. Celtic folklore tells the tale of a drunken farmer named Jack who tricked the devil, but his trickery resulted in him being turned away from both the gates of heaven and hell after he died. Because Jack had to wander around in the darkness of purgatory, Jack made a lantern from a turnip and a burning lump of coal that the devil had tossed him from hell. The superstition continues by saying that he then used the lantern to guide his lost soul back home. The Celts believed that placing Jack-o’-lanterns outside would help guide lost spirits home when they wander the streets on Halloween. People then took this superstition further with creating frightening carved faces to scare evil spirits away.

The next superstition is about bobbing for apples. In ancient times, the apple was viewed as a sacred fruit that could be used to predict the future. Bobbing for apples is one of the traditional games used for fortune-telling on Halloween night. It was believed that the first person to pluck an apple from the water-filled bucket without using their hands would be the first to marry.

Check back next week for more superstitions!

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Anya Hubbard