Strange Superstitions about Death


It’s Death again – He’s always there –

Watching, waiting – e’er the stare!

Every time I look behind

Or reach to pull the window blind,

I catch a glimpse of grubby hood –

A little clue to where he stood;

The glint of light that caught the scythe.

Perhaps if I could pay a tithe….

But O! no use, he’ll never go.

The adamant phantom; don’t you know

He will but wait until it’s time

For me to hear His fateful chime?-

The toll that claims my destiny,

To Hail: ‘You’re next, it has to be…’

Mark R. Slaughter – 2009

Want to read about the Moden Day Grim Reaper ……… check out this wonderful post by FASAB…..CLICK HERE

We can’t help it…………..we are intrigued……..there is fear in our hearts………

… through the generations we have created all sorts of superstitions about Death…

I thought it would be fun to look behind the satin curtain of the funerary and see what lies in the shadows……

A bird in the house is a sign of death. 

Light candles on the night after November first. One for each deceased relative.

They should be placed in the window in the room where the death occurred.

Should you ever be driving by this house on the aforementioned night, I suggest you not stop……..looks unlucky!

If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family!

If a dead person’s eyes are left open, he’ll find someone to take with him…..

Mirrors in a house with a corpse should be covered or the person who sees himself will die next!!!

A person who dies on Good Friday will go right to Heaven. 

A person who dies at midnight on Christmas Eve will go straight to Heaven…

because the gates to heaven are left unlocked and open at that time…..

……guess these are St. Peter’s paid Holidays!!???!!

The lady in the picture below did not hit on either Good Friday or Christmas Eve…….

…as Shirley McLain would say……”Better Luck next time!”

You must hold your breath while going past a cemetery or you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died..

It is bad luck to count the cars in a funeral cortege (even if the funeral is in poor taste!)

If the person buried lived a good life, flowers will grow on the grave…

if the person as evil, weeds will grow…. (here is the sign I had made to put next to my grave!)

If a mirror in the house falls and breaks, by itself, someone in the house will soon die…….


A White Moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death..

If 13 people gather at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over…

Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house…

 Thunder following a funeral means that the dead person’s soul has reached heaven…

….all windows should be opened at the moment of death, so that the soul can leave…

………..hope you enjoyed some of these strange and morbid tidbits……..

This post is dedicated to the memory of Jonathan Frid, the original Barnabas Collins;

who inspired all sorts of wild imagings in the twisted metal mind of the young Tin Man….(would that be Tin Boy??!!?!)

More about the Master, Jonathan Frid,  CLICK HERE


21 responses »

  1. Great post! I had not heard of most of them My mother made me cross my fingers when we passed a cemetery. I still do! I miss Barnabas Collins and Dark Shadows. I wasn’t a crone back then either.

  2. So many superstitions! We’re well and truly for it, I can’t recall the number of birds that have entered our house this year there have been so many. Just as well I’m not superstitious! 😉

  3. it would indeed be quite interesting to try and find out where all these superstitions came from. I mean they are so different, how do people come up with these stuff?
    I love your posts Emil because they always leave me with a question that needs answering

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