How to celebrate friday the 13th

Thursday, October 12, 2017

13 ways to celebrate Friday the 13th

How to celebrate friday the 13th

Last Updated October 11, 2017

Friday the 13th is perceived as a profoundly unlucky day, but you don’t have to fear it this October. Rather, entertain yourself by confronting your paranormal paranoia or indulging in ways to test your luck.

Go to Alcatraz Island at night

Check out the night tour of Alcatraz. Challenge yourself by spending a few minutes in a solitary confinement cell and mingle with the spirits of former prisoners.

Host a seance

Choose some willing participants you can get spooky with. Lighting some candles and connecting with spirits is bound to be an adrenaline-inducing way to spend Friday night.

“Friday the 13th” movie marathon

This one’s obvious, but “Friday the 13th” is a classic movie that’s perfect to watch on Friday. If it’s not your favorite, check out some classic gems of horror, such as “A Nightmare on Elm Street” or “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Adopt a black cat

In all likelihood, black cats aren’t bad luck, but rather, they’re just adorable creatures in need of a home.

Wear a hockey mask throughout your day and see what reactions await

Who knows, it might be fun.

Stay overnight at the Claremont Hotel

The Claremont’s known to be one of the most haunted places in Berkeley. This hotel used to be a home, and legend says that the former homeowner still haunts the site of her burned-down mansion. More spirits abound, such as the ghost of a young girl who haunts room 422. Be sure to escape campus for a few hours to explore this haunted hotspot.

Knock over all the salt

Legend tells us that spilling salt is bad luck on Friday, so test your luck by spilling salt and see what happens. Perhaps knock it over onto your window sills and over your doors to keep the spirits out.

Marathon “American Horror Story”

AHS is one of the creepiest shows on TV, which is all the more reason to watch it on the 13th.

Read “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”

This work will make you nostalgic for your childhood, when the stories and illustrations would leave you tossing and turning at night.

Listen to a Friday the 13th playlist

There are tons of playlists on Spotify (like the one right here!) that can set up that spooky vibe. You can also check out YouTube playlists (like this one) to set an ominous mood.

Buy a lottery ticket

Imagine winning the lottery on the most unlucky day of the year. There’s no better way to test your luck.

Subscribe to a freaky podcast

Freak yourself out with podcasts such as “Small Town Horror” and “The Dark Verse,” which introduce you to “universe of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror stories.”

Throw a spooky party

Write “Bloody Mary” on your bathroom mirror, decorate your place with fake blood and be sure to have a good time.

This Friday the 13th, be sure to immerse yourself in the occult and test your luck. Whether you host a seance or stay overnight at the Claremont, make this Friday the 13th memorable. What’s the worst that can happen?

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Happy Friday The 13th! There is a lot of interesting history behind the history of this unusual holiday and observance. It’s mostly a Western/USA tradition that emerged maybe more recently than you might expect!

Truthfully, we have a lot of 12’s in our world (especially the USA culture). 12 inches in a foot or 12 eggs in a dozen. Even 12 months in a year or the 12 astrological signs! Before the general patriarchal society we know, the number 13 was actually a number that celebrated women and goddesses (specifically Shiva)! But think about it, as we shift, when 12 seems to be the end or “whole” completion of something, wouldn’t 13 be the odd (wo)man out? The thirteenth wheel so to speak? It’s scary because it’s unknown! Couple that with Friday, a day we’ve been told is when bad shit goes down (see numbers 33-38 for more information on this), and it becomes a preconceived notion that it’s a scary, unlucky day perfect storm combo!

That said, I love Friday The 13th! A lot of people, Pagans specifically, have been taking Friday the 13th back and instead of viewing it as bad, looking at it as an opportunity for good luck, fortune, and prosperity!

Originally I was going to make a simple list of 13 ways to celebrate Friday The 13th, but one I started rolling, I realized there was a lot more I wanted to share, if only some interesting facts about the history, culture, and contrast with other cultures around this Uncustomary Day! So strap in and enjoy these 50 ways to celebrate Friday The 13th. This is something you can use every single time it comes around! Stick around for a free Friday The 13th Playlist below!

How to celebrate friday the 13th

50 Ways To Celebrate Friday The 13th

1. Dance under a ladder
2. Adopt a black cat
3. Make a good luck charm
4. Whip out the Ouija Board
5. Find a building with a 13th floor
6. Find a building without a 13th floor
7. Find a neighborhood that skips the address 13
8. Get a $13 tattoo (many tattoo shops have deals!)
9. Visit where Friday The 13th was filmed
10. Make a baker’s dozen of cookies and gift them (or eat them)
11. Write 13 reasons you love yourself
12. Research the logistics of when Friday the 13th will happen with a calendar (the month needs to start with a Sunday!)
13. Research how the number 13 was dedicated to Shiva and was originally a goddess day pre-patriarchy
14. People who were born on Friday the 13 (like Alfred Hitchcock)
15. Look up other country’s/culture’s unlucky days (Italy views Friday the 17th as an unlucky week/number day combos)
16. Look up other country’s/culture’s unlucky days (Greece isn’t a fan of Tuesdays)
17. Look up how Finland observes National Accident Day on Friday the 13th
18. Look into the research of which has more accidents, crime, etc.: full moons of Friday the 13ths
19. Look for other significant things with 13 like the age Bat/Bar Mitzvahs happen
20. Learn the name of the phobia of Friday The 13th: Triskaidekaphobia
21. Work on your anxiety and listen to people who are afraid to leave the house due to their fear of this day
22. Buy a lottery ticket with your good luck
23. Bet $13 at a casino
24. Make a list of your own superstitions and how they came to be
25. Learn about superstitions and bad luck in different cultures

26. Have a “Friday The 13th” movie marathon
27. Notice how Crocs look a lot like Jason’s face
28. Order food under the name Jason Vorhees
29. Have a Friday The 13th party with only 13 people
30. Find a Friday the 13th Zombie Walk in your area
31. Watch the episode of “The Office” where Michael says, “I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stituous”
32. Listen to songs like “Friday The 13th” by White Reaper, “Scarier Than Jason Vorhees” by New Found Glory, “So Much Love To Give” by The Glorious Sons, “No. 13 Baby” by The Pixies Click Here For The Free Friday The 13th Playlist!
33. Look up when the first Friday The 13th was observed (hint, not till the early 1900’s)
34. Look up the numerology of the number 13
35. Look up why Friday got lumped in with being unlucky (old writings like Chaucer and Jesus being crucified on Black Friday)
36. Look up Venus, the planet Friday is named for
37. Look at the themes behind 12 in cycles that we’ve become comfortable with (12 months in a year, 12 in a dozen, 12 inches in a foot, 12 signs in the zodiac)
38. Look up which number of Jesus’ apostles betrayed him
39. Look up how many menstrual cycle the average womxn has
40. Read scary stories, like “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark”
41. Spill the salt.. in a line of salt along the threshold of your entry way
42. Watch “13 Ghosts Of Scooby-Doo”
43. Dance around your house with an umbrella you opened indoors
44. Remember 13 is a prime number
45. Visit a haunted or abandoned place
46. Stay at a spooky hotel
47. Listen to a spooky podcast, like “Lore”
48. Visit a cemetery and find someone who was born and/or died on Friday the 13th (look it up on your calendar!)
49. Cast a spell for good luck
50. Do something you normally wouldn’t do

Roots of superstition can be traced back to arrest of Knights Templar in Middle Ages, subsequently burnt at the stake and condemning us all to misfortune for the wrongs done to them. Today is Friday the 13th and we all know that means bad luck.

Similarly, how can I get good luck on Friday the 13th? Be good luck-oriented.

  1. Get out of the bed on the right side (that is, not the left side). This side is guaranteed to make your day luckier according to some superstitions.
  2. Wear red underpants. Apparently this color will bring you more luck than other colors.
  3. Get your most trusted lucky charm out.
  4. Forget the cleaning.

Moreover, what are you supposed to do on Friday the 13th?

5 things we should do on Friday 13th

  • Disregard the ‘unlucky’ part. When legends like this circulate, it’s easy to blame anything negative that happens on that day on the ideas.
  • Have an alcohol-free day.
  • Write a list.
  • Take a moment to feel grateful.
  • Procrastinate.

How did Friday the 13th superstition start?

In the novel, an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th. A suggested origin of the superstitionFriday, 13 October 1307, the date Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar—may not have been formulated until the 20th century.

How to celebrate friday the 13th

For many people, Friday the 13th can be either a scary day filled with superstition or just another end to a busy week. So why not use it as an excuse to have a fun themed movie night with your closest friends and family instead?

How to celebrate friday the 13th

Tell your guests to come in fancy “bad luck” or “spooky” costumes and have the best seat in the house reserved as a prize for the best-dressed person to sit at while watching the movie/s.

How to celebrate friday the 13th

If you’re guest list consists of only adults, then be sure to pick up a copy of one, or more of the Friday The 13th franchise , or the horror-comedy film; Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The Thirteenth . Or failing that, any spooky film’s you like or have been wanting to see. However, if there are going the be kids present, help them to choose an age-appropriate film to do with Halloween, or something spooky, such as Scooby-Doo , Hotel Transylvania or Goosebumps etc.

How to celebrate friday the 13th

Dust off those Halloween decorations and get some use out of them more than once a year, or look online to find tutorials to make your own leading up to the day and decorate your living room.

How to celebrate friday the 13th

If you don’t have any decorations and no time to make your own. See if the kids have any toys you could use instead!. Nothing screams a spooky Friday the 13th more than Monster High dolls, Minecraft zombie figures, Disney villains or even plastic dinosaurs. Just use what you have and be creative with how you set them up!

How to celebrate friday the 13th

For an extra touch, theme your food too. Whip up your favourite Halloween recipes and cocktails (or mocktails), or take a look online for some insta-worthy ideas.

How to celebrate friday the 13th

For some of my favourite Friday the 13th worthy spooky treat recipes, click here now!

Most of all, remember to have fun and enjoy your unique movie watching party with the people you love, without breaking the bank.

How to celebrate friday the 13th

Friday the 13th is one of those days you either think is kind of fun or you fear in some way. There are friends who believe the day is bad luck. But I believe it’s just another day, one that you can use to celebrate a good time with friends. Plus, the cultural lore around the holiday is quirky and interesting.

Why Is Friday the 13th a Big Deal?

There is no real evidence that bad things happen on Friday the 13th more than any other day. Some folks attribute the belief that Friday the 13th is unlucky with the lore surrounding the number 13, and the superstitions that follow it, which have really only taken hold in this latest century. Some believe the bad luck of that number is associated with the betrayal of Jesus and others think it might have come from a book published in 1907. The book, Friday the Thirteenth, sold lots of copies and was made into a movie, so it seems that people were willing to believe the myth that the day would eventually represent.

There is even an official name for the fear of Friday the 13th called friggatriskaidekaphobia, which is a combination of the derivatives of the name Friday and the fear of the number thirteen. It is estimated that between 17 to 21 million people fear the day, or at least claim to.

Forget Superstitions! Celebrate Friday the 13th

This can be a day you turn into harmless fun for you and your friends. Make it a positive. First, find out when Friday the 13th falls. Some years have more than one occurrence, so you could use some of the following suggestions for one of the dates and do the rest of them on the next date, or just completely change it up. No matter when this fateful day falls in any given year, it at least kicks off a weekend. You could do a theme night (horror movie marathon anyone?), or just use the day to tell a few friends you’re thinking about them. Most of all, have fun with it.

In keeping with the theme of this day, I’ve given you thirteen (13) ideas for ways to celebrate. Most of these are inexpensive and take virtually no planning or time so they’ll be easy to do.

How to celebrate friday the 13th

13 Things to Do On Friday the 13th

Celebrate Friday the 13th With a Friend
Friday the 13th is one of those days you either think is kind of fun or you fear in some way. There are friends who believe the day is bad luck. But I believe it’s just another day, one that you can use to celebrate a good time with friends. Plus, the cultural lore around the holiday is quirky and interesting.

Why Is Friday the 13th a Big Deal?
There is no real evidence that bad things happen on Friday the 13th more than any other day. Some folks attribute the belief that Friday the 13th is unlucky with the lore surrounding the number 13, and the superstitions that follow it, which have really only taken hold in this latest century. Some believe the bad luck of that number is associated with the betrayal of Jesus and others think it might have come from a book published in 1907. The book, Friday the Thirteenth, sold lots of copies and was made into a movie, so it seems that people were willing to belief the myth that the day would eventually represent.
There is even an official name for the fear of Friday the 13th called friggatriskaidekaphobia, which is a combination of the derivatives of the name Friday and the fear of the number thirteen. It is estimated that between 17 to 21 million people fear the day, or at least claim to.

Forget Superstitions! Celebrate Friday the 13th
This can be a day you turn into harmless fun for you and your friends. Make it a positive. First, find out when Friday the 13th falls. Some years have more than one occurence, so you could use some of the following suggestions for one of the dates and do the rest of them on the next date, or just completely change it up. No matter when this fateful day falls in any given year, it at least kicks off a weekend. You could do a theme night (horror movie marathon anyone?), or just use the day to tell a few friends you’re thinking about them. Most of all, have fun with it.

In keeping with the theme of this day, I’ve given you thirteen (13) ideas for ways to celebrate. Most of these are inexpensive and take virtually no planning or time so they’ll be easy to do.
Call up a friend and ask if you can pick up a few items for them (like maybe, thirteen or so) from the grocery store on your way home from work.

Write an “I’m grateful you’re my friend” message on their Facebook wall. Or, in keeping with the theme here, write on thirteen different friend’s walls.

Bake a batch of thirteen cookies and drop them off at a friend’s house.

Write a note to a friend and include thirteen things you love about them.

Make a friend a baker’s dozen of their favorite cupcakes.

Play some Friday the 13th games.

Meet them at the coffee shop and find out how lucky you both are.

Invite friends over for a Friday the 13th movie marathon.

Learn more about feng shui together, by taking a class or just hitting up the information available at your local bookstore. Feng shui is believed to help you attract more luck in your life.

Have a Friday the 13th theme party, complete with black cupcakes, spooky decorations, and punch. Just for fun, try to figure out whether you have Triskaidekaphobia or Paraskevidekatriaphobia.

Change up the traditional thoughts about Friday the 13th and enlist a friend to help you develop a lucky attitude. Make a list of things you could do together, like take a class on being positive or building your self-esteem.

Adopt a black cat.

Buy a friend lunch and ask them what they feel has been the luckiest moment of their life.

Friday the 13th is a GOOD DAY, especially when it falls in September. Since 2003, the 13th of September has been designated “Positive Thinking Day,” to help people overcome kevidekatriaphobia (fear of the number 13), and paraskevidekatriaphobia (the irrational fear of Friday the 13th).

Active Adults have many reasons to CELEBRATE the day (and every day, regardless of what the calendar says). Celebrating Positive Thinking can be summed up in a handful of positive quotes:

“It takes no more time to see the good side of life than the bad.”

If life seems overwhelming, change your perspective, beginning with the first thing you say to yourself in the morning: “It’s going to be a great day!” While it may feel silly, psychologists have proven that giving yourself this seven-word pep talk sets you up to see the good in whatever comes your way that day.

“There are two ways to live your life: one is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is.”

While Einstein is credited with numerous discoveries and inventions throughout his lifetime, he said that play provided him with a creative way of viewing every situation. In fact, Einstein insisted that allowing children to play was perhaps more important to their development than book-learning, and the same could be said for adults. Take some time to play in the garden, in the kitchen, or with friends, and discover the miracles of plants and creatures in your yard, a new recipe, and the company of people who inspire you.

“Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.”

Each day, take a moment to share a smile with someone who needs one (it costs you nothing, but its value is immense!); read or watch positive articles, stories, television programs, and films; spend time engaged in a hobby – or taking a nap! Activities that elevate your mood have a positive impact on your health and wellness.

“Do your little bit of good where you are. It is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

Spending time with positive people, being kind to others, and practicing gratitude have been shown to lower your risk of stress, heart disease, and depression; increase your life span, even build up your resistance to certain illnesses.

At Windsong, we enjoy hearing the positive impact living in our homes and communities has on our homeowners. From luxury ranch homes designed with the Active Adult lifestyle in mind, to communities that help neighbors become friends, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy hobbies – or simply to relax, every day is Positive Thinking Day!

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There are those that think Friday the 13th is a bad omen because of the Christian belief that Jesus was crucified on a Friday and there were 13 guests at the Last Supper. Then there are people, like myself, who believe Friday the 13th means that Jason Voorhees is going to rise out of Camp Crystal Lake and massacre a gaggle of sprightly teens. Regardless, Friday the 13th is bringing out a variety of exciting events throughout the greater Cleveland area to celebrate the unluckiest day of the year.

Creepy Chocolates and Jason Masks – Fear’s Confections

Known for their pop culture-shaped treats, (and in my opinion, the best sponge candy in town) the chocolate masters at Fear’s Confections are offering specialty delicacies to celebrate Jason Voorhees’ birthday. In addition to their skull and coffin candy staples, they’ll be whipping up zombie brownies, tombstone chocolates, chocolate Jason masks, and much more. Fear’s Confections plans to open from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. at 15208 Madison Avenue in Lakewood.

Friday the 13th Bash with Jason Voorhees at The Dark Room

Broadview Heights is home to The Dark Room, Cleveland’s premiere horror-themed bar. In honor of the second spookiest night of the year, The Dark Room is hosting a celebratory bash with a special guest appearance by the hockey mask-wearing slasher himself, Jason Voorhees. This horror party will feature music from DJ SYN and one of the Bloodview Haunted House actors performing as Pamela Voorhees’ baby boy. The Dark Room Friday the 13th Bash begins at 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. at 1100 W Royalton Road in Broadview Heights.

Friday the 13th Flowing with the Fishes

Not everyone is down to celebrate the creepiness of the day, and the wonderful people at Journey Yoga & Wellness are bringing a more calming approach to such a superstitious holiday. Join them at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium for a yoga experience set to the serene backdrop of aquatic life. Spots are limited for this event so sign up today. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is located at 2000 Sycamore Street in Cleveland. Secure your spot by clicking here.

Jacks Attack on Friday the 13th at Cocktails

If you’re feeling superstitious on Friday the 13th, have no fear! Cocktails Cleveland, one of the last remaining gay havens in the city is hosting an underwear party with the sexy social club, the Cleveland Jacks. There will be an underwear contest at 11:30 p.m. and BearCave shenanigans are to be expected. Cocktails will open at 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. and is located at 9208 Detroit Road in Cleveland.

Toys From The Crypt – Designer Toy / Art Show at Thrift Crypt

Did you know there is a spooky themed reseller shop in Lakewood? Run by local horror hosts The Mummy and The Monkey (Janet Jay and James Harmon), Thrift Crypt caters to fans of the monstrous and macabre. While Thrift Crypt hosts events throughout the year, this Friday the 13th opens the designer toy and art showcase “Toys from the Crypt,” celebrating the work of Rick Sans and Serganddestroy. The event takes place from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Thrift Crypt, 13349 Madison Avenue, Lakewood.

Friday the 13th Skate at Zelma Watson George Roller Skating Facility

Start your cross training for running for your life from a machete-wielding maniac by roller skating this Friday the 13th. Between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., guests can enjoy café specials, dancing, play spooky games for prizes and of course, roller skate until their legs fall off. Admission is only $5 and skate rentals are available for $3. This is a family-friendly event and children are encouraged to attend. Zelma Watson George Roller Skating Facility is located at 3155 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Cleveland.

Sacred Nostalgia: A Night of Gothic Music at The Chamber

This is sort of cheating considering The Chamber doesn’t need a holiday to celebrate all things dark and mysterious. The industrial goth nightclub will feature resident DJs Textbeak and The Tweakbaby in addition to San Francisco guest DJ Owen. DJ Owen has been a staple in the goth scene for decades and can currently be enjoyed weekly on the Hanging Garden Radio Show in Northern California. Doors open 10 p.m. with a $3 admission for 21 and over and $5 for anyone under 21. The Chamber is located at 11814 Detroit Road in Lakewood.

American Tattoo Studios – Friday the 13th Flash Sale

One of the traditional ways to celebrate the holiday is with some brand new ink. American Tattoo Studios has already begun posting images of their flash sale options on Instagram. Keep in mind that many tattoo parlors and shops also offer specialty deals for Friday the 13th but do not advertise until the day of. Keep your eyes peeled on your favorite inkmasters’ social media pages for updates and other possible flash sales. American Tattoo Studios is located at 11614 Madison Ave. in Cleveland.

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