Friday, January 28, 2011

Flinging Your Footwear On Halloween

After the treats have been passed out, after your party guests have departed, but before the last candle in the Jack O'Lantern has flickered its last, you might want to add another tradition to your very special Halloween Day.

The Irish and Scots have long practiced a form of divination known as "throwing the shoe".  There is record of it as early as the 17th Century, so it must be worthy, if it has been around that long!  But be forewarned. .besides the aforementioned footwear, you must have a strong arm or/and, a low roof line.

The act itself, is quite simple. Remove one of your shoes and "toss" it over the roof of your house. .and it has to be YOUR house. .not the neighbor's, not your garage, and most certainly not the dog's house.

Then you go and find your shoe, but don't disturb it.  If the shoe is pointing away from the house, the wearer will soon be traveling in that direction.  If the shoe is pointing toward the house, no travel is forecast for the coming year.

Good fortune is indicated if the shoe lands with the sole down. If the shoe lands with the sole up, well. . you guessed it. .a sign of bad luck.  

There isn't any provision for if your shoe lands on the roof. I am guessing it is a bit of both. .bad luck that you have to get the ladder, and climb up to get your shoe, and lucky that you don't fall off of the ladder, and you have your shoe back!

While some may think it best to try this with an old shoe in case it should find its way down the chimney, in a muck filled rain gutter, or other undesirable circumstances, but I, on the other hand, think that the proper footwear could enhance your chances of inviting only the best of luck, and to that end, have found a site where you can have your pick of a multitude of Halloween footwear!  Check out Zazzle!

The only problem is. .which ones do I like the best?  What pair would YOU chose?  

Ummm, another problem. .getting my pitching arm in shape. .I'm in trouble. .sigh. . .


  1. How nice it is to still see Halloween-related posts! Makes me so giddy and anxious for October to arrive again!

    Great tradition-- must try it next Halloween :) ♥

  2. What a fun tradition! But only if you don't have to climb on the roof to get the shoe! :0)

  3. I wonder if I can toss my shoe over my house with out dislocating my shoulder? LOL!


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