Friday, October 30, 2009

Announcing the theme for 2010: Superstition


I wanted to announce this a little earlier, but it has been absolutely crazy over there at Nightmare: Vampires. The responses have been incredible lately, I couldn't be more pleased. But as always I announce the next year's theme during the current year to take advantage of the interest from the current year's patrons.

I think I may be more stoked about next year's theme than ever before. It lends itself to the theatricality that i incorporated this year, but allows for me to come up with more ways to pop scare and hide scares closer to how we did it with Ghost Stories or Bad Dreams Come True (the last two years). Next year's Nightmare will be a blend of Vampires and previous years. So without further adieu...

SUPERSTITIONS. It is our 7th year next year so in honor of lucky number seven, i thought it would be fun to do a house on other superstitions like that. Walking under ladders, opening umbrellas indoors, stepping on a crack, saying the title of the Scottish play in a theatre, etc. I can see a SAW-like feel to this (making you do things that have dire consequences). We'll see. But now i need to hear from you. I want to use this forum for you to tell me what your superstitions are. Do you like to wear 3 pairs of underwear when going on a job interview? Do you think there is a number that is unlucky? Is there something in your life that if it happens it is an omen for bad things to come? Let me know! please post you comments to this blog post.

75 comments:

Anonymous said...

I always avoid walking on cracks in pavement... sounds silly, but...

Walking under ladders

Walking by black cats

Breaking a mirror

Opening umbrella indoors

Anonymous said...

I hate the number six. I think it's soooo unlucky. I hate breaking mirrors, killing spiders, putting shoes on a table... yea

Anonymous said...

Anyone watch "Supernatural" on the WB? There is an episode where a child's fears come to life so the tooth fairy is not a cute little fairy but a obese, greasy, hairy man that pulls all your teeth out- that is scary!!

anthony0358 said...

This is a great idea for year 7!
Its perfect!

I would say that I am leery of

walking under ladders
black cats
the number 3

dena said...

I used to live in a west indian neighborhood and they used to say that if you cut a babies hair before they are one years old that they will go insane , studder or that it will effect there intelligence somehow !I love the anthropology of superstitions because most of them although ludacris are based on truth Like.... I have also heard a superstion in latin culture say "that cats will drain the soul from a baby" but it comes from a cat smelling milk and sitting on the babies to get to its mouth and accidently smothering the baby !There are so many superstions involving cats you should definitely do something with cats!
I am glad to see you are doing so many cool things these days I Love this blog as well I will tell my haunted house buddies about it my friend |Rob Corsino is the artistic director of a really big one her upstate called Headless Horseman you may know him I know alot of you haunted house guys seem to all know each other !
Ciao,Dena

DeeDee said...

Hey Tim. DeeDee Beard here. My superstition is demon uprising or posession. Things like like oigi boards and taroh cards, stones, rising beds and stuff.

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh.. cant wait till next year now! This year pawned, leme tell you. Now,
I'm going to dread saying this but here it goes:

Walking under ladders
Rising beds
Breaking Mirrors (I did this b4 and FREAKED)
Something about the sound of bells that wards off demons i think
A bird in your house is a sign of death

going into any place without turning around to ward off evil spirits
I hate the number 6
friday the 13
black cats
its unlucky to rock an empty rocking chair
wedding veil protects a bride from the evil eye
that there is ALWAYS this one person that you see all the time.. makes me feel like a spirit of some sort is following me
a picture just faling= bad luck lol
hearing a rooster crow at night
If a candle lighted as part of a ceremony blows out, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby.
If a dead person's eyes are left open, he'll find someone to take with him.
If there is a corpse in a house (say, during a wake), you should cover all the mirrors because if the spirit sees themselves in a mirror their soul will get trapped behind the glass.

Anonymous said...

Putting shoes on a table is bad luck because your mother will die.

dena said...

hat on the bed......is supposed to be bad luck as well I wonder where that one came from?

Anonymous said...

Looking into a mirror in a dark room totally freaks me out.

dena said...

Hey Anonymous !Have you gone off your meds again?LOL!Just kidding !
on sunday morning cbs they did a segment on the Neuroscience of magic .What made me think of this was anonymous 'comment about looking in the mirror in the dark.you do know that it is just your eyes adjusting to the dark and trying to focus !but then again the thought of it being bloody mary is so much more entertaining !I totally get it!!

Anonymous said...

Walking in the north of central park during the day, alone.

Not having a home phone, only an iphone.

Facial hair, long hair on men.

Directors making cameos in their own films.

Stumble Upon.

Kimchee and beer.

Small feet.

People who use public restrooms.

Shoeboxes of weed.

AM talk radio conspiracies.

Metalica fans.

UFC!!!

Lady Zombie said...

Although I am a practitioner of a blend of many types of witchcraft, Ouija boards have always gotten under my skin in a negative way. I feel that using then in your home creates an endless tirade of bad luck, spirits, and worse things, too.

dena said...

I love supernatural !the show is genius !it uses classic horror themes ,urban legends ,folklore and superstitions and incorperates it into there stiry line !there is nothing else like it on TV!

AwsmGRL said...

when i was younger i used to believe in the whole 'bloody mary' superstition; you should def do something like that!

Christine said...

Oddly enough there's an old opera superstition which is that one should never wear purple in an Opera House. I don't remember why but it's supposed to be bad luck.

Crystal said...

Hmm, well when I used to do theater I kept to the old theater supersitions of not saying "The Scottish Play"'s name in the theater and not wishing anyone "good luck" on a performance. But the more scarier type of supersitions...

I am terrified of being in a dark bathroom with a mirror for the whole "Bloody Mary" story. I have to have my toes covered in bed, because I have a silly, irrational childhood fear of monsters grabbing them. I am also occasionaly supersitious about not walking under ladders, not stepping on cracks, and not letting a black cat cross my path.

Anonymous said...

Black Cats crossing in front of me freaks me out and breaking a Mirror nobody needs 7 years of bad luck.

Hmmm said...

I REALLY think you should do something with Bloody Mary, the old myth/superstition that you splash water on your bathroom mirror, turn off the lights, say "Bloody Mary" a number of times - then she's supposed to come out of the mirror and kill you. Would be a really cool effect if you could make it happen.

Anonymous said...

You should do something with ouija boards. I won't f around with those things but maybe you should ;)

Anonymous said...

I just have 2 words for u. BLOODY MARY!
You can have a room where u stand in front of a mirror, the lights shut off, u say bloody mary and the lights come back on and she's right behind u and u see her thru the mirror. =0)

Anonymous said...

Playing the Bloody Mary game -- noooo thanks!
Or Ouija boards for that matter.

Anonymous said...

I have always been superstitious about staring into a mirror in a dark room. Afraid things in the mirror will start moving on their own.

Anonymous said...

My fear is that if I don't leave the house wearing clean underwear, I'll have to strip down in public and everyone will see me in my dirty underwear.

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Lady Zombie said...

Geez... guess ya can't please everybody!

razzmatazz said...

i hate sitting in chairs that another person has just vacated. in the dominican republic, it's bad luck to do so, because it's said that the person's soul is still lingering in the recently-vacated chair...

Karen Y, staten island ny said...

I never Split a pole while walking with someone. If it happens i have to retrace my steps and go around the pole or it could be whatever. a tree.. a pole, a fence, a stump.. anything that would seperate you and the person you are walking with.. anyone else hear of that??

Karen Y, staten island ny said...

I never Split a pole while walking with someone. If it happens i have to retrace my steps and go around the pole or it could be whatever. a tree.. a pole, a fence, a stump.. anything that would seperate you and the person you are walking with.. anyone else hear of that??

Anonymous said...

I believe the usual superstitions: if a bird flies into a closed window it's a sign of death. Also, Never walk on a fresh grave, it's very,very bad luck!

Anonymous said...

I think the idea sounds great. You should bring nightmare back to rivington. I think that location was so much better. Just a thought..

Anonymous said...

The Bloody Mary thing for sure... I'm 23 years old, and i can't even look in my bathroom mirror with the lights off let alone try to play the bloody mary game.

Also, moths in the house mean death. And one my grandma told me, if you leave a rocking chair rocking while it's empty, it invites evil spirits to sit there.

Another umbrella one, that if you drop an umbrella in a house, someone who lives there will be murdered.

sweeppy said...

I HATE WHITE WORN IN THE DARK..
DOLLS (BECAUSE I BELIEVE THEY WAIT TLL YOUR ASLEEP AND BEATHE IN YOUR SOUL)
ANYTHING UNDER THE BED
THE EXORCIST TO THE FULLEST I MEEEEAAAANN IIIIIITTTT!!!!!!!
ROACHES
SPIDERS

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LATIN HORROR said...

Since the 2010 NIGHTMARE will take place during the "7th year itch," perhaps there can be a vat full of Red fire ants crawling and devouring a hapless human being.

Anonymous said...

Actually, walking under a ladder is the same as not walking under one, black cats are adorable, and New York city streets have more cracks than I care to step over...so there lol! But actually my family received candles as gifts on two separate occassions and two family members died shortly thereafter...figure that one out! It would be interesting to see what Nightmare comes up with for this theme.

Anonymous said...

I was there about 2 weeks ago and someone mentioned the idea of a Serial Killers theme...now THAT would be AWESOME!!!

dena said...

I just thought of a crazy superstition I heard alot when I was little living in the rural GA ,That if it raining while the sun is shining that it means "The Devils Beating his wife" also some positive silly ones are an Italian superstition iis that it means your gone get money if you drop change on the floor .my latin friends abuelllita (Sorry for misspelling ) that it means your gonna get money if you step in dog poo!LMAO

El Mono said...

I think a lot of people find sleep paralysis to be disconcerting, and to hear something scratching around under the bed can be quite terrifying.

Other than those, I think the Bloody Mary in the mirror ritual is probably close to the top of everyone's list, no matter how old they are. lol

Anonymous said...

The number 319 is a scary number, its been following me everywhere. Not only that but if you add 3+1+9 = 13 . . .

Anonymous said...

I used to have dreams about my teeth breaking or falling out and a friend told me this was an omen of death.

I also heard that a bird inside the house is an omen of death (I had one of those but I'm still alive).

The rule of three- three people/celebrities die within a short time of one another.

Pointing is considered rude but some consider it as bringing bad luck.

Another friend used to hold his breath and keep his fingers crossed while passing a cemetery so evil spirits couldn't enter his body.

Anonymous said...

There is are a few old superstitions in jamaica (which is where I come from) that go as follows:

a)When you leave a funeral, you should never leave the gravesite before washing off your shoes or else the spirit will follow you home

b) you should never wash your face with rice water or else you will see ghosts for the rest of your life

c) If you are washing clothes/ or a baby in a basin you should never turn your back on it before you wash or else a ghost will mess around with it (for this one your supposed to take 2 twigs and lay them across the basin in the sign of a cross)

Jamaica has a lot of scary and silly superstitions such as you should never part ways at a fork in the road and the such...

Andrea said...

Always sleep with the closet door shut. Never look under the bed in the middle of the night.

Anonymous said...

Hi! So as a typical Italian girl from NY, I grew up in a household where superstition rules many a tradition. The one that always stuck with me was the big, garish red bow on the back of the baby carriage to ward off the evil eye's jealousy of the beautiful new child. Despite its antiquated origins that are baseless and yes, silly, I wonder why I cant shake that feeling. My friend is due to deliver any day now and guess what I gave her for her baby shower...

Anonymous said...

you should have a room FULL of
broken mirrors...

too much bad luck to handle


-viciouss.

Anonymous said...

Asians have a lot of superstitions that would work wonderfully, do look into Chinese/Japanese funerary traditions and superstitions. given the insane popularity of American remakes of J-horror and K-horror films, this should work pretty well.
One particular supersition is the Seventh month of the Lunar Calendar for Chinese--we believe that the gates of Hell are opened and the dead return to walk the Earth, there are A LOT of superstitions associated with this.
One in particular--never never insert a pair of chopsticks vertically into a bowl of food. It's considered very bad luck as only offerings to the dead are made this way.

Also, dias de los muerta!

dena said...

Very awesome !Who Ever The Asian Kat (or kitten) was that posted about the Chinese superstition !Thanks for posting that it was interesting !You rock!

Anonymous said...

There is this one superstition that my parents told me, it has to do with when your dog or cat is begging you for food while you are eating, you should give them some because the devil is betting them that you won't give them some and they bet your soul in exchange! I am always terrified of that.

Anonymous said...

Since I was a child I've always been facinated with the myths of the supernatural or Vampires for that, recently I've been facinated with Vampires especialy!!!...if it were up to me and had a 1 time opportunity to become one, I would concider the painfull transition of becoming a Vampire...Interesting HUH?

Anonymous said...

As far as Black cats are concered, I see them as a blessing in disquise, my Black cat is practically human all he needs to do is talk, extremely smart, great companion, plenty of love and affection better than that of a human, plus BLACK goes with anything...LOL!

Anonymous said...

13 is an unlucky number. If you could open it up for one day on August 13 (Friday the 13), that may be fun too.

Anonymous said...

Funny thing is I consider 13 to be my lucky numberXD However the Serial Killer Theme would be awesome. Also I can't sleep without my closet door closed. Too terrifying what might be lurking in there.

Anonymous said...

Don't know if anyone has mentioned this yet, but clowns freak me out!! Maybe I saw It to young... ;)

I also find dolls kinda creepy - especially the ones the move and/or talk. My daughter has a few of these and I HATE seeing them in her room at night!

And like so many people have mentioned, Bloody Mary and mirrors at night in general.

JuanitaKa$Hawkin$ said...

In England, if a young women was curious enough, and brave enough, she could summon the appearance of her future spouse by visiting a graveyard at midnight on the Eve of St. Valentines Day and singing a prescribed song while running around a church 12 times

Ari said...

woah, there's a lotta great stuff here. what i'm thinking about is how these would actually be incorporated into each setting, and if the consequences/aftermath of each one will be illustrated in the room with gore/scary stuff/whatnot [eg. someone opening an umbrella indoors and getting sliced in half by it.. yum]

for now, all i can think of off the top of my head is that the number 23 reallllllly bothers me in a big way.

and rob's parents used to scare him by telling him that if he walked backwards, the devil would walk with him. lol.

im gonna boot up the ideamachine. =)

JuanitaKa$Hawkin$ said...

Do not shake hands or kiss over the threshold of a door. It forms a bridge that allows the devil or evil spirits from the outside to enter the house this way.

JuanitaKa$Hawkin$ said...

All windows should be opened at the moment of death so that the soul can leave.

Anonymous said...

I always rack the slide on my Glock seven times after ejecting the magazine as "protection against negligent discharges"

Lauren said...

Really good ideas guys!! My top ten list:

1) Mirrors in the Dark (Bloody Mary)
You could probably incorporate two sided mirrors

2) Clowns!!!! (Fun and games in the beginning then raging lunatic.... Jekyl and Hyde almost)

3) Baby Dolls (Would be awesome if they were motionless and then just started moving. Or one just follows you throughout the entire experience.)

4)Dark Hallways (Eyes playing tricks on you.) Little kids just standing in dark hallways creep me out too. My kids do that bullsh*t all the time and scare the SH*T out of me!! They say "Mommy?" and then when I look in the hallway there just standing there, in the dark, eyes WIDE OPEN. Then them little mofos decide to run towards me OMG. Kids are assholes!

5) Ouigi Boards (Any kind of sumning of spirits/souls, witchcraft, ie: light as feather/stiff as board, Chairs Rocking, beds elevating, footsteps, doors closing)

6) Graveyards. Period.

7) Alot of Blood Creeps me out.

8) Rooms that just all of a sudden get REALLY COLD, so cold you see your breathe.

9) Black Cats

10) Rodents, Bats, Bugs



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Galatea said...

When cats freak out around me, I get jumpy.

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Anonymous said...

you know what i think is scary? I'm not too superstitious, but what scary to me is cloudy mirrors, Bloody Mary, Quiet kids with old English clothing, and someone standing in the dark, where not even adjusting your eyes really works and you gotta find a flash light.

WeirdoGabbyGirl said...

I think that looking under your bed in a neon light, or in the dark is scary! I can't stand to have a mirror infront of my bed at night, or in neon light at night. (I think that having a mirror infront of you while you sleep is how demons can get under your bed, and that that's where the monsters under your bed comes from. I think this because.. let's say this, frightning experience that made me scream when I was little, that woke my dad up. (He sleeps like a bear loaded with tranquilizer while they go to sleep for the winter) And the event included a doll and a mirror that always used to sit right next to my bed ALL the time.)So, yeah. Plus, porcelin dolls scare me when they're not in a box that is 'child-proof' so to speak.

Anonymous said...

im not sure if this is going to be scary

i dont see how our ridiculous superstitions going to scare us

but any how
im really a believer of not breaking mirrors, breaking glass, ohhh n saying bloody mary (thats like really scary)

Anonymous said...

Just a pitch black room with defening silence like a sound proof room just screws with a person

evildemonchildcj said...

black cats walking in front of you
breaking mirrors
salt flipping over
unlucky number 13.

Anonymous said...

The Number 23 FREAKS ME OUT!!!!!!!!! Scariest number ever!!!!!

Anonymous said...

i am freaked out by the number 15

Anonymous said...

i don't really have superstitions, but i HATE a dark room with no noise, just makes me uneasy and waiting for something to pop out. i also don't like spiders, and dolls...*shudders* dolls...

Anonymous said...

My family is VERY superstitious. For instance:

When a wall clock stops working, you have to change the battery immediately because its bad luck to have a clock that's not running.

If you wear dark clothing for sleeping, it attracts ghosts.

If you don't finish your food, you will burn in hell.

If you dream of your teeth falling out. That means death is near.



Breaking a picture frame means the person in the picture will die.

Julie H. said...

Not my superstitions but...#13 is bad luck. number 666 burned on someone's forehead.

And now things that creep the hell out of me.
The feeling of a warm moist breath on the back of my neck with no one around.
The sound of a church bell all of a sudden out in the silence.
silent cemetery, displayed corpses.
Eyes staring at me from portraits, just watching. statues that seem alive, but aren't.
a silent room filled with things and from the room strange sounds that emit softly - creaking floorboards, sound of creaking doors being opened
people on the other side of mirrors scare the crap out of me...[yes my imagination scares me]
ghosts <scares me like no tomorrow
a dark apparition that follows you [or the feeling that something is following you/watching you]

the room with the fog the previous yr [vampires] was a bit creepy cause i couldn't see well...but then it would have worked as a dark room with strobe lights [then you could have stuck with vampires popping out instead of bunnies running about...] thinking about it that way actually creeps me out... would you do that this yr? fog in a dark room with strobe lights? broken mirrors reflecting images of those who enter and someone else in the room...

jh said...

oh i like what some of the people said. definitely do things in the dim light/dark light. the room suddenly becoming cold is creepy. porcelain dolls are most definitely creepy.

LIE
Cross my heart and hope to die,
Cut my throat if I tell a lie.

ROCKING CHAIR
If you leave a rocking chair rocking when empty, it invites evil spirits to come into your house to sit in the rocking chair.

CHILL
If you get a chill up your back or goosebumps, something unnatural is following you.

If your shoulders feel weighed down or heavy a dead baby is clinging on your shoulders.

Anonymous said...

Crows. An even number of crows is good luck - an odd number of crows is bad luck. Three crows is the most bad luck.

Walking under ladders is just common sense not to do, so I'm not going to include that.

Wearing bells wards off evil spirits or calls fairies to you, depending on what you believe (I used to wear three bells on my neck constantly, but they just started to annoy me, haha)

Ouija boards are definitely frightening. When you use them, you're basically inviting many spirits into your home - and they're not always welcome guests. You never know who you're talking to or what you could call up, so my personal superstition is that I never use a Ouija board in my own house, and I have never had my own Ouija board.

Seeing an animal that doesn't belong in the area - like, a jackrabbit in the North, an exotic bird in the Midwest, ect - is REALLY bad luck and you should get away immediately, because it could be a shapeshifter or evil spirit in disguise.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I've always been afraid of carnivals at night, so when i'm there, i try to leave right before the sun sets. I think that you'll have too much fun and when it closes, you'll get locked up in the carnival for the night with all the clowns and carnies which would be creepy... who knows what happens about clowns at night? FREEEEAKY!
Also, I think scarecrows are unlucky because you only need one if your corn is being eaten by crows. Plus, they look scary.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I always hold my breath when I pass a graveyard. EVeryone in there cant breath, so maybe if you breath, they will get air and zombies will walk the earth!