Blackberries Are Evil
In the British Isles, it was believed that eating blackberries after Halloween was an act of pure evil. That was the night that the “púca” (that’s Gaelic for ghost) would come out and haunt all those who ate blackberries. Sounds pretty bizarre.
Fiery Sticks Bring Good Luck
Halloween is a time for self-protection against all the ghastly ghouls and ghosts out there. Some folks believe in burning certain herbs, but in Scotland, they believed that a fiery stick being waved in mystic figures was all that was needed. Waving this around would guarantee a spook-free home.
White Stone In a Fire = Longevity
Here’s something pretty unsettling. In old Welsh practices, families would gather for their annual huge bonfire and throw marked white stones into the fire. If you couldn’t find your stone the next day, then you wouldn’t live to see the next Halloween.
Bull Watching to Predict the Weather
Long before checking the weather forecast on your phone or in the news, people supposedly paid attention to what direction their farmyard bull was facing, on Halloween of course. This would supposedly indicate the direction of the wind. That kind of sounds like Karen Smith predicting the rain when it’s already raining, but hey, who are we to question it?
Eat an Apple on Halloween For Health
This sounds pretty reasonable. We already have some idea that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This Celtic belief is however a little more specific. They believed if you ate a large apple under an actual apple tree, at midnight, on Halloween, wearing only a bedsheet, then you would never get a cold. Seems reasonable.
Give Birth on Halloween for a Super Baby
Now, this might be a little tricky and might require some seriously expert planning, but if you have any desire for your child to possess supernatural powers, then make sure you give birth on Halloween. Kids born on Halloween were said to have the “power to see spirits and converse with fairies.” Sold.