In honor of Halloween, here is a festive version of two truths and a lie!
Which one of these hair-raising Halloween superstitions is based in real folklore, and which did I make up? Tune in the November 1 episode of The Witching Hour to hear the results!
Superstition 1: As an average Medieval peasant, you cower in fright at the sight of a bat, knowing them to be common choices for a witch’s familiar. Even more bone-chilling was the sight of a bat fluttering over your head on All Hallows Eve. But the worst case scenario came into fruition when a bat flew into your house later that night. You immediately send for a clergyman to rid your home of spirits, as only an undead resident could have allowed the animal inside.
Superstition 2: Another source of worry in your life as a Medieval peasant is the spider, also an animal used by witches to carry out their ghastly deeds. One night, as you toil away on your embroidery, you happen to catch sight of a spider falling into your candle flame. You shiver, knowing that witches are sure to be nearby. When All Hallows Eve arrives, you notice a spider on your daily walk. This comforts you, as you know a departed loved one is keeping watch.
Superstition 3: As a Medieval peasant, you value horses above all else, using them for labor, transport, and in times of desperation, meat. However, you shudder at the thought of seeing a pure white horse with no rider on All Hallows Eve, as it would mean imminent death for whoever was first to spot it in the distance. The horse had arrived as an escort to the beyond, and it always claimed a rider.