There are a ton of old wives' tales about pregnancy. There seems to be a tale for every scenario, whether it’s about heartburn or the way you carry. But if you're due in October, there are also some more specific old wives' tales about giving birth on Halloween that you just might be interested in knowing about, even if you don't generally consider yourself to be all that superstitious. Whether true or not, some old wives' tales and superstitions can be fun, even if you don't quite believe in them.
Halloween in particular is kind of perfect for old wives' tales because the holiday has so much to do with spooky, creepy, mysterious, and supernatural themes to begin with. Old wives' tales are, more often than not, less about practicality and realism than they are about fear. Many, if not most, suggest that you do one thing in order to prevent another bad, scary thing from happening to you or someone you love. In the case of being born on Halloween, however, there's really not much you can do about it, except, I don't know, heed the old wives' spooky warnings? Basically if you're a Halloween baby, these old wives' tales just might explain, well, a lot.
1. A Baby Born On Halloween Will Have Second Sight
Perhaps the most commonly known Halloween birthday-related old wives' tale is that those born on Halloween will have second sight, as noted by an essay on The Hairpin. The author learned this from her grandfather, the Warlock, another Halloween baby, who once predicted to her that a woman several cars ahead of them would turn left at the next intersection. He was right.
2. A Baby Born On Halloween Will Be Immune To Evil Spirits
The idea behind babies born on Halloween being immune to evil spirits is that Halloween is when the "line" between the living world and deathly world is the thinnest, meaning that those born on that day likely have some sort of special association or connection with spirits. An article on MSN Lifestyle reported that this immunity to evil spirits lasts the entirety of a Halloween baby's life.
3. It's Unlucky To Give Birth On Halloween
As it turns out, whether you've spent a lot of time thinking about it before or not, a lot of women appear to believe that giving birth on Halloween is bad luck. According to the New Scientist, researchers at Yale University's School of Public Health found that birth rates tend to drop off on October 31 and not as many women give birth because they subconsciously believe it to be an unlucky day. How cool is that?
4. A Baby Born On Halloween Can Read Dreams
According to a posting on a Yahoo message board, some people have heard the old wives' tale that babies born on Halloween have the ability to read dreams. The ability to read and decipher dreams might not be one that you wish to have on a regular basis, but if you've ever woken up wondering, "what in the world was that about?" you probably recognize how it could occasionally come in handy.
5. You'll Curse Your Baby If You Give Birth On Halloween
Apparently, according to The Guardian, some women believe that if they give birth on Halloween, they will curse their baby. This could also be another reason why some women subconsciously avoid giving birth on Halloween. The symbolism of skeletons, death, evil spirits, and the like — along with the old wives' tale that babies born on Halloween are somehow cursed — might affect hormone levels and such, preventing a woman who adamantly opposes giving birth on Halloween (even if she doesn't know it) from doing so.
6. A Baby Born On Halloween Will Be Able To Communicate With Spirits
Not only will a baby born on Halloween be immune from any harm caused by evil spirits for their entire life, but, according to a post on the aforementioned Yahoo message boards, some people also have heard the old wives' tale that a baby born on Halloween will be able to more easily communicate with spirits. It doesn't specify if those spirits are good or evil, but either way, that could be a useful talent to have.
7. It’s The Best Time To Announce A Birth
(I know. And now for something completely different.) In pagan customs, Samhain (original, pagan Halloween) was not only a day of good luck, it was actually the day to celebrate births and weddings and the like. Even if your baby wasn’t born on the holiday, you would celebrate their birth that day if it fell in the vicinity. Plus, you know, big parties are already being had. Why not throw an exhausted mother and newborn into the mix.
8. They Might Be A King Or A Knight
In a class I took in undergrad on the history of paganism and the encroachment of Christianity (because I’m a millennial who was obsessed with The Craft), I learned that babies born on Samhain were thought to be the next kings and knights because, patriarchy, but also because they would be strong enough to survive the divide between the mortal and immortal realms. (And also being a newborn in first century England during the winter months probably makes a hardy kid.)
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