A Brief History of Halloween and Superstitions

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If you’ve been to any retailer recently, you might have noticed elaborate decorations, extensive costume displays and candy selections galore that can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner. But Halloween, despite being widely celebrated by many today, has a long, rich history.


Halloween’s history is rooted in the ancient Celtic festival Samhain, which marked the end of summer harvest and the beginning of winter. Celts believed that the last day of the harvest blurred the lines between the living and dead, equating winter with death, spawning tradition and superstition to debunk today. 

Black cats
Rooted in the Middle Ages, it was believed that witches could turn themselves into black cats to avoid capture. This is why today we believe it’s bad luck when a black cat crosses our path.  Truth is, cats naturally skulk when they walk, but they probably just want to rub up against your leg.

Ladders
Ancient Egyptians believed that triangles were sacred symbols. Since ladders create triangles, it is believed to be back luck to walk through the sacred triangle formation based on this ancient notion. Truth is, most people unknowingly walk or drive under triangles daily without any a single threat.

Broken mirrors
Ancient Romans and Greeks believed reflective surfaces allowed beholders to gaze into their futures. To break the surface was to break ones’ future. Variations exist, but the truth is, the worst thing about a broken mirror is cleaning it up and finding shards in the carpet for weeks, not seven years.

Superstitions, if not taken too seriously, are harmless. In fact they can make people more careful. But luck on the other hand, that comes and goes. And what better place to try your luck than Potawatomi Bingo Casino where you can play Monster Cash and win a share of $96,000 in prizes. Or maybe you would like to play Count How Many to count how many eyeballs are in the coffin to win $2,000 cash. Good luck…