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"Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog"

"Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing"

"For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and babble"

"Double, double, toil and trouble, Fire burn, and caldron bubble"
William Shakespeare


The Witches' Caldron*


Witches and Warlocks have had a long history with Halloween. Legends tell of witches gathering twice a year when the seasons changed, on April 30 - the eve of May Day and the other was on the eve of October 31 - All Hallow's Eve.


The witches would gather on these nights, arriving on broomsticks, to celebrate a party hosted by the devil. Superstitions told of witches casting spells on unsuspecting people, transform themselves into different forms and causing other magical mischief.


It was said that to meet a witch you had to put your clothes on wrong side out and you had to walk backwards on Halloween night. Then at midnight you would see a witch.


When the early settlers came to America, they brought along their belief in witches. In American the legends of witches spread and mixed with the beliefs of others, the Native Americans - who also believed in witches, and then later with the black magic beliefs of the African slaves.


The black cat has long been associated with witches. Many superstitions have evolved about cats. It was believed that witches could change into cats. Some people also believed that cats were the spirits of the dead.


One of the best known superstitions is that of the black cat. If a black cat was to cross your path you would have to turn around and go back because many people believe if you continued bad luck would strike you.


*Holidays on the Net has received numerous objections about our presentation of Halloween folklore involving witches. In fairness we present this letter from one of our visitors wishing to address this stereotyping. " Letter to the Webmaster:"






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emily from Utah, US
08:41 11/03/2011
 
this is cool
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paulette from United States
15:21 11/02/2011
 
kool piic:] looking kinda scary dou!!:]
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kohila balachandran from Malaysia
05:26 06/23/2011
 
I LOOOOVE COLOURFUL CARTOOONS MAGICAL,MYSTICAL,ENTHRALLING,EXCITING,THRILLING,A FANTASY A FAIRYTALE,A REAL DISNEY ADVENTURE...I LOOOVE MINNIE..DAISY..MICKEY..
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Peggi from New York, US
16:57 10/30/2010
 
Nice site. I have freinds that are witches and they nor I are offended in the least. You are just stating superstitions and stories not passing them off as fact. Love the site, keep it up. Oh, I'm going to a seance on Halloween night,love for you to join me!
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Miranda
15:01 10/11/2010
 
this is offensive to witches everywhere. we dont worship the devil and the term warlock means oath breaker. try calling a male witch a warlock and see how he reacts. just isnt nice :(
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Celtia from Oregon, US
07:00 10/03/2010
 
Nice to see Shakespeare's words quoted correctly for a change. Nice site.
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NIGON THE MAGUS from Ohio, US
19:20 08/09/2010
 
Very poor research and the word "warlock" is very offensive. Do a little more research on the old religion then use fact not stereotyping
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FRANK
15:46 07/21/2010
 
THIS WHOLW THING IS SO COOL MAN I LIKE HALLLOWEEN
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cc from Arizona, US
15:19 05/19/2010
 
it said nothing about witches being bad and evil so get a grip!!
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esme from Spain
08:41 12/06/2009
 
thanks for all this information, I´m studying English and I have to prepare a class about halloween. I love Halloween!!!


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