1) Why did ancient Celts begin the tradition of wearing masks and costumes on Halloween?
To trick the evil spirits so they wouldn’t recognize them.
2) Halloween originated as the pagan festival known as what?
3) According to superstition, a person born on Halloween has a particular ability. What is it?
They can see and speak to the spirits.
4) According to legend, if a girl wants to see/dream of her future husband, what should she do on Halloween night?
Carry a lamp to a spring and look at the reflection in the water or put a sprig of rosemary and a sixpence under pillow.
5) Another legend states that on Halloween night owls will swoop down and feast on the souls of the dying. What must you do to protect yourself from the hungry owls?
Turn your pockets inside out and leave them that hanging out like that.
6) If you want to see a witch on Halloween night, what should you do?
Put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards.
7) What vegetable did ancient Celts use as their Jack O’Lanterns?
8) If you see a spider on Halloween, what does that mean according to an old superstition?
A dead relative is watching over you.
9) Why did the ancients bury animal bones in their front yards on Halloween?
To protect themselves from evil.
10) From what practice does the idea that witches ride on broomsticks originate?
It’s believed to have come from an ancient fertility ritual where women would ride a broom through the farmers’ fields (like riding a hobbyhorse) hoping to encourage the crops to grow and bring a good harvest.