90 Days of Halloween Day 36:Top 10 Myths About Halloween

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Tons of Urban legends and folk lore have been passed off as fact about Halloween, so we are going to debunk them.

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10- Child Molesters are on the prowl for trick or treaters.

Law enforcement show no rise in reported sex offense on this date. Most children are commonly abused by some one they know , rather than a creep in a van offering them candy.

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9 – Gang Initiations Take Place on Hallowen .

This is a urban myth as there’s no evidence to show that Halloween represents any special occasion for American gangs. However it’s not wise to take your kids trick or treating in a known Gangland, but if you didn’t know that it’s time to thin the herd.

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8- If You wear Your clothes back wards and walk backwards,You will meet a Witch

People in modern times know, to meet one you just go to the local New Age bookstore or sign up for Witchmeetup.com . This came from the fact in training the mind for the study of magic, the practitioner must break free from the mundane ways of doing things by doing them backwards.

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7- Vampires aren’t real

Their is a surprisingly large number of Americans who believe they are so a  University of Central Florida Physicist came up with these facts …On Jan. 1, 1600, the human population was 536,870,911. If the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month, there would have been two vampires by Feb. 1, 1600. A month later there would have been four, and so on. In just two-and-a-half years the original human population would all have become vampires with nobody left to feed on, even if our entire species doubled each month.

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6 – Halloween is the Second Largest Retail Holiday

It’s actually 6th National Retail Federation,  expects spending on Halloween costumes and candy  to hit  $8 billion this year. Putting it even Valentine’s 17 billion.

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5- Razor Blade in Candy

Despite Law Enforcement checking candy for kids in some cities, this only furthers the myth. There never were razor blades or poison in candy.  There were only two confirmed cases of children being   poisoned Halloween candy. Both cases the children were  poisoned f their parents. The best known,   case was  of Texan Ronald Clark O’Bryan, who laced his son’s  Pixie Stix with cyanide in 1974.

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4- Black Cats are Bad Luck

This was spread by people who hate cats. In folk lore where this myth originated , the Black cat was said to be the witches familiar and could thus transmit the evil eye. However many other animals were depicted in medieval woodcutting as familiar, all unclean like toads, snakes, rats and raven.

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3 – Halloween is the Devil’s Holiday

It’s  actually rooted in Druidic and Celtic ritual, neither in “Satan,” though they do have horned gods.

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2 -Costumes are a part or the original Halloween Tradition

they are actually a custom originally associated with Christmas. The Original Yule Mass consisted of mumming ,which involves  parading in costume, chanting rhymes, and play-acting.

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1 – Pumpkins are the Symbol of Halloween

Nope, the Druids used turnips. Pumpkins don’t even grow in Europe.

 

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