We all know Halloween as trick-or-treating, costume contests, bobbing for apples, Halloween parties, and other fun activities.
Halloween activities and traditions around the world are a little different. For instance, in Scotland there is a tradition of telling one’s future spouse by carving an apple in one long strip, then tossing the peel over one’s shoulder. The peel is believed to then land in the shape of the first letter of the future spouse’s name. Unmarried women were told that if they sat in a darkened room and gazed into a mirror on Halloween night, the face of their future husband would appear. However, if they were destined to die before marriage a skull would appear.
Another Halloween game/superstition was playing fortune teller. To play this game, symbols (dollar sign- wealth, clothespin- poverty, rice- wedding, umbrella- journey, four leaf clover- good luck) were cut out of paper and placed on a platter. A person would enter a dark room and was ordered to place his or her hand on a piece of ice, then lay it on a platter. His or her “fortune” would stick to the hand.
So, whatever your tradition, game, or superstition- Happy Halloween from the Fairview!!