The manticore or mantikhoras according to the Persians of ancient times roams the jungles of India and has a taste for humans. Voraciously hungry it can eat three or more people at a sitting. It has the body of a lion, a tail like a scorpion and the face of a human with blue eyes and three rows of teeth. It’s voice reportedly sounds like a mixture of pipes and a trumpet. The only way to escape the wrath of a manticore is to correctly answer its riddle.
Practice riddle: You have been given a stick that is 30 inches long. Make the stick shorter without touching it. How will you do this?
If you see a spider on Halloween a dead loved one is watching over you.
The next Halloween full moon will be on October 31, 2020.
Ancient Celts wore masks to fool spirits into thinking they weren’t human.
Harry Houdini died on Halloween, 1926 in Detroit, MI.
The current world record for giant pumpkins is 1446 pounds
‘Samhain’ the Celtic holiday from which Halloween is descended is pronounced ‘sow-an’
Bobbing for apples originated with a roman harvest festival that honors Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees
Sprinkling salt and oatmeal on a child’s head keeps him from being possessed by demons. (Trick-or-Treat safety tip)
Gazing into the flame of a candle on Halloween night will allow you to see into the future.
If a bat flies around a house three times, death is close by.
If you hear footsteps behind you on Halloween night the devil is close behind you. Don’t turn around or he’ll take you.
1. Eat, drink and be scary. ~Author Unknown
2. Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, Tonight is Halloween!” ~Dexter Kozen
3. May Jack-o-lanterns burning bright Of soft and golden hue, Pierce through the future’s veil and show, What fate now holds for you. ~Author Unknown
4. Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble. ~Shakespeare “Macbeth”
5. Hark! Hark to the wind! ‘Tis the night, they say, When all souls come back from the far away- The dead, forgotten this many a day! ~Virna Sheard
6. From ghoulish and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! ~Scottish saying
The month with my favorite holidays.
Leif Erickson Day – October 9 is not associated with any particular event in Leif Erikson’s life. The date was chosen because the ship Restauration coming from Stavanger, Norway, arrived in New York Harbor on October 9, 1825, at the start of the first organized immigration from Norway to the United States. (Arrrg I missed it)
Boss’s Day – Oct. 16th is a day to give cards and gifts to your boss. This should build good will between employer and employee and generate good feelings that last all year long. Choose that card carefully!
Apple day - is an annual celebration of apples and orchards held on October 21. Cromford, near Matlock, Derbyshire will be hosting its 17th. annual Apple Day on Saturday October 20th., on Scarthin Promenade, from 1 until 5 p.m.. As always, the central activity will be pressing apples to juice (bring your own, plus plastic bottles, a chopping board and knives)
Halloween – You guessed it, this is my favorite. For one night of the year everyone agrees the world is as scary as it should be.
Two of my favorite things are Halloween and Fortune Telling. Lucky for me they go great together.
For the Ancient Celts, Samhain, the holiday which became Halloween, was prime time for fortune telling. The veil between the worlds was thinner than on any other night and with a little encouragement the spirits would happily give up their secrets. The Celts used simple divination methods that we can still use today.
Keep the skin intact as you peel an apple. When you throw the peel over your shoulder it will reveal the initial of a future lover.
By candlelight comb your hair in front of a mirror. The face of your future lover will appear over your shoulder.
Stick apple pips to the outside of your cheek, one for yes and one for no. Which ever stays longer is your answer.
Sit a blindfolded person at a table in front of several saucers. Each should be filled with something different. After shuffling the saucers the blindfolded person chooses one. The contents of the saucers reveal his or her fate for the coming year.
- water – travel
- coin or salt – wealth
- clay – someone will die
- beans – poverty
- ring – marriage
Place two nuts side by side on the grate of a fire. The nuts indicate a couple. Give the nuts the same name as the couple.
- If a nut burns brightly without cracking, it indicates lasting love.
- If it cracks and jumps, it foretells unfaithfulness.
- If the nuts burn at the same rate, the two be will be or remain happily married.
After ‘apple-dookin’ in which a people take apples from a tub of water with their teeth, wait until midnight and cut the apple into nine sections. Sit with a mirror in the moonlight and eat eight of the pieces. All the while have a question in your mind. Throw the ninth apple piece over your shoulder. Look over the same shoulder into the mirror. You will see a symbol in the mirror that answers your question.