Beware All Hallows Eve

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If you are superstitious you will, under all circumstances avoid the witching hour of 3 am on 31 October. But if you’re brave of spirit, join the Lantern Ghost Tours’ Halloween edition

It’s Lantern Ghost Tours favourite time of Year: All Hallows Eve is upon us—the time of year when the wall between this world and the next is at its thinnest, allowing all manner of spirits to pass through. If you are superstitious you will, under all circumstances avoid the witching hour of 3 am on 31 October.

According to Celtic beliefs the best defence against evil spirits is of course to disguise yourself as one!

If you’re brave enough, join the Lantern Ghost Tour on All Hallow’s Eve, but beware of evil spirits…or worse still for some…your future sweetheart! Lantern Ghost Tours are running tours throughout Victoria throughout Halloween Week.

Halloween’s origins date back 2,000 years ago to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season. Animals would be slaughtered, crops harvested and wine prepared for the long, cold winter months’ ahead. The evenings were filled with darkness and death. The Celts made offerings to their deities and were very much on edge as the worlds of the living and the dead blurred. If the dead were not pleased, they would cause sickness, damage crops and death.

The Celts adorned themselves with animal skins and lit fires and bonfires to ward away evil spirits and protect themselves during the coming months. Those who had lost loved ones would leave food and drink out for the departed and light candles to help them find their way to the spirit world.

Beware… witches gather on Halloween, arriving on broomsticks, to celebrate a party hosted by the devil. Unsuspecting people may find themselves under a witch’s spell. To break this, all you need to do is put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards!

But it isn’t all doom and gloom. In Ireland, matchmaking cooks hide a ring in a bowl of mashed potatoes on Halloween night… the diner who finds the ring finds true love. In Scotland, single women name a hazelnut after each of their suitors and then toss them into the fireplace. The nut that burns to ashes rather than explodes, represents the girl’s future husband. If you catch a snail on Halloween and lock it in a flat dish you will see the first letter of your sweetheart’s name in the morning. If that fails, put fresh rosemary and a silver coin under your pillow and you will see your sweetheart in a dream!

If you’re brave enough, join the Lantern Ghost Tour on All Hallow’s Eve, but beware of evil spirits…or worse still for some…your future sweetheart! Lantern Ghost Tours are running tours throughout Victoria throughout Halloween Week.

 

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