Published on October 27th, 2012 | by Jane


Halloween Mythbusters

When I started looking up myths about Halloween, I figured there would be tons of interesting facts to learn. Turns out, I was wrong, most of the myths are actually superstitions, two of which I will list here. In case any of you suddenly develop the willies on Halloween, here are a few things that you are told to avoid but will actually have no consequences for you whatsoever. Because they are fake

  • If you see a black cat, I would be more scared of it being sick than being bad luck. Cats can’t help it if they have black fur! Let’s not discriminate!
  • If you hear someone walking behind you, apparently it’s the dead. But most likely, it’s just another trick-or-treater. No zombie viruses have cropped up yet, thank you very much.

However, I did find two very interesting myths that I am very happy to bust for you! Dressing like Adam Savage or Jamie Hyneman is optional (but encouraged).

First comes the myth of “The War of the Worlds.” Now some of you may have read HG Wells’ book “The War of the Worlds” and if you have, you know it’s about aliens invading Earth. Orson Welles, a very famous director (he directed Citizen Kane. Tell anyone you know that it’s a breakthrough cinematic masterpiece and they’ll think you’re a genius) decided to direct a radio play version of the novel around Halloween. The myth is that everyone who listened to the broadcast thought that the invasion was real!!!!! In fact, this doesn’t seem to be the case. Turns out, people of the 1930s weren’t so dim, and realized the show was fictional. Also, I’m sure many of them recognized the book. Silly exaggeration.

Another myth, that you may enjoy a bit more is that NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN POISONED BY CANDY AT HALLOWEEN BY WHAT THEY’VE RECEIVED FROM TRICK OR TREATING. So, that’s something to celebrate, right?

Have you heard any funny myths or superstitions about Halloween that you can bust? Let us know in the comments!

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