If you have paraskevidekatriaphobia, steer clear of this blog post – that is, if you have the fear of Friday the 13th.
Superstitions have always been fascinating to me. I have my own: for the longest time as a child, I never stepped on cracks in the sidewalk. When it comes to football, I believe I have to wear the right combination of T-shirt and jewelry to help my team win and turn my drink’s label to the TV when a field goal is kicked. And I 100% believe that if I think about something (good or bad) long enough…it will eventually come to fruition. (Like saying out loud that I haven’t received a jury summons in X amount of time.)
But I’ve never really believed in the lore of Friday the 13th being an unlucky day. Go figure. I’ve let black cats cross my pass, walked under ladders, broken at least one mirror in my lifetime and deliberately opened umbrellas indoors.
I wouldn’t call myself the luckiest girl alive, but I’m also nowhere near cursed. Instead, I look at Friday the 13th as a reason to be a little extra spooky for a day.
Before we jump into how to celebrate, here’s a few fun facts about Friday the 13th I dug up:
Facts about Friday the 13th
- The fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskevidekatriphobia and the fear of the number 13 is triskaidekaphobia. (But don’t ask if I can pronounce either.)
- The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina estimates 17 – 21 million Americans suffer from paraskevidekatriphobia. (Wow!)
- There is no definitive origin of the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th. Fear of the day could have originated from: a book of the same name, published in 1907; the arrest of hundreds of Knights Templar on Friday, October 13, 1307; or possibly the last supper at which 13 individuals were present.
- What is known is that Friday and 13 being an unlucky combination was not documented until the 19th century.
- Tuesday the 13th is unlucky in Hispanic and Greek cultures, and Friday the 17th is unlucky in Italy.
- From 1900 – 2099, Friday the 13th occurs 688 times.
- Every calendar year has one Friday the 13th, but it can occur up to three times in one year. (Most recently it happened in 2012).
Now that we know a little more about Friday the 13th, are you ready to celebrate?
Here’s 13 ways you can do just that while having some extra spooky fun.
1. Plan a party – for 13!
Invite 13 of your friends to come over for a night of spooky games (Ouija, anyone?), horror movies and creepy goodies. You could always make it into a favorite horror film costume party.
2. Watch a horror movie
Alone, in the dark. The Friday the 13th series is always a good choice, but any creepy movie would do. (If you need some picks, Jill, aka Horror Ghoul over on Instagram, has TONS!)
3. Test out a superstition or urban legend
Walk under a ladder or say “Bloody Mary” three times in the mirror, then see what happens.
4. Visited a haunted place near you
Head over to Google, pop in “most haunted place in _____” with your city or state in the blank and see what comes up. Hauntedia.com is a great resource too. (Just make sure you’re not visiting illegally, okay?)
5. Give away a baker’s dozen of goodies
Bake up some cupcakes, a batch or cookies or some other treat and give them away to family, friends or neighbors in batches of 13. There’s lots of goodies over on my Halloween Sweets & Treats board!
6. Score an ugly slasher sweater
I’m sure in another year I’ll be burnt out on the ugly sweater trend spreading beyond the winter holidays…but for now I’m endlessly amused there seems to be an ugly sweater for everything. The ones over on mondo.com are perfect for all you horror-loving ghouls!
7. Test your luck
Out rightly defy the lore of Friday the 13th and test your luck! Play the lottery, grab a few friends to go gambling (if it’s legal in your state) or play a round of poker – for money – with some friends.
8. Book a hotel room on the 13th floor
Most hotels, buildings and even planes skip the number 13. But even if there’s a jump from 12 to 14…we all know 14 is technically 13, right? Book a room on the 13th floor of a hotel and spend the night. (The Skirvin in downtown Oklahoma City would be my pick, thanks to my friend Sam’s love of it!)
9. Plan a haunted vacation
Take number 8 one step further and research some of the most haunted attractions in your country, then book a trip. (Or make plans to book it.) You’d be amazed at how many haunted vacation packages are out there, and what a fun way to keep the Halloween spirit alive throughout the year!
10. Binge watch a creepy TV show
American Horror Story is always a great place to start – and it’s available on Netflix. I’m also immensely enjoying Scream Queens, and Supernatural has been a long time favorite of mine – especially the early seasons.
11. Subscribe to a scary podcast
12. Enjoy a creepy dinner & cocktail
13. Read a scary story
Whether it’s a classic like Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart” or, one of my childhood favorites, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series, there’s nothing quite as terrifying to me as an extra creepy book.
How do you celebrate Friday the 13th?
I’d love to hear your best suggestions too! Share them below in the comments.
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