It’s 22 Days Until Halloween-Watch Out for Vampires!

In the event you are plagued by Vampires or believe you might fall victim to one this Halloween, you can take the following steps.

In 17th and 18th century Poland, people who were candidates to become one of the living dead were buried with sickle across their throats ( so that when they got up they would cut their heads off ).

You can also place a large rock under their chins ( and in some cases jam them down their throats ) to prevent them from drinking blood.

Another female skeleton, this one with a stone placed on her throat (Credit: Amy Scott/Gregoricka)

Scott/Gregoricka)A female skeleton, this one with a stone placed on her throat (Credit: Amy 

Or you can go old school and stake them through their chests with iron rods like this man  who was was believed to be Vampire.

He was staked over 700 years ago and buried in a monastery in Bulgaria:

Believe or don’t believe but you can be sure of this- Halloween is 22 days away.

Halloween Traditions- Bobbing For Apples and The Festival of Skulls

Here are some fun things you could work into your Halloween experience and if you like them enough, you might want to make them a part of your Halloween Traditions.

#6 is looking pretty good to me considering Halloween festivities aren’t going to be happening in my neck of the woods.

Here’s a video of modern Halloween Traditions to look at for some inspiration.

They’re informative. For example I did not know you could get a black eye while bobbing for apples.

I know for a fact that if you are not careful you could really hurt someone while trying to bust open a Piñata- but a shiner from bobbing for apples while your head is under water?

That is just freaky.

Have you ever heard of the German Halloween tradition called, ‘ Hide The Knives’?

I get the ‘Festival of Skulls’ but ” Hide the Knives?”

That’s just awesome.

Here are some weird traditions to explore, maybe you do them already and maybe you might like to try a few.

Like the Festival of Skulls.

( evil chuckle)

I suppose that as you explore Halloween Traditions and may decide to adopt a few for yourself you might want to avoid  exploring the Haunted US Roads as part of your new traditions.

I won’t be, but you know, that’s the way I roll.

Happy Haunting everyone!

Hide The Knives

Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Prompt  is “sharp.”

 

While gathering up some fun facts for my upcoming Halloween posts, I came across a very interesting Halloween tradition from Germany.

It involves knives.

I’ll just let that roll around in your head for a second.

I learned that from October 30th until November 8th, Catholic communities remember and honor their dead by visiting their graves and bringing flowers.

Nice, right? I think so. Seeing all of those pretty colors in the Fall in cemeteries which are sad places by nature is a lovely gesture for all involved- both for the living and the dead.

Sadly,  as we know sometimes when certain people pass on we aren’t going to bring them flowers in death because there’s no way in heck we would have brought them flowers in life.

They could have been mean, vicious, bad tempered, murderous and cruel and can we expect them to change in death?

Maybe they could or maybe they don’t change.

To be on the safe side- during the time of the year when welcoming back and remembering those of us who have moved on, nobody want to  risk that a few malevolent spirits could sneak back too, so the Germans have a tradition where they hide all of their knives.

I don’t care if people say German efficiency is a myth. I think it’s true. So there.

About 5 years ago I came home from work one day and I went straight into the kitchen to get a drink of water.

I stopped dead in my tracks because in the middle of my kitchen floor were a pile of knives.

I felt like I had just wandered into a horror film.

To put a point on it ( see what I did there ) almost every single one of my knives from my knife rack and the ones that had been drying with my dishes on the countertop dish rack were on the floor too.

No kidding, I was about to head out the back door when my dog ( who at this moment, in my mind had failed as any sort of guard dog ) strolled in slurped some water from his bowl and then he  jumped up and put his paws on the counter that is right next to his food and water bowls.

He reached into my dishrack, pulled out a butter knife and from his standing position turned his head and dropped it into the pile with the rest of my cutlery.

He wagged his tail.

I decided to drink  something a little stronger then water.

I love my dog, but I have a sneaky feeling that the wise thing to do, after he and I have shuffled off this mortal coil, is that if you think of us around Halloween.

Hide the knives.

Hamish Macbeth
Photo by A.M. Moscoso