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On Halloween night, put a bucket of sand or a broom
outside your door. If a soul comes by and wants to
harm you, it will have to count every grain of sand
or broom bristle first. By the time that the spirit
has done this, it would be daytime and it would have
to go back where it came from.

Submitter comment: This story was told to Maryann by her Italian father,
who heard it from his grandfather.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Keyword(s): ghost, precaution, All Souls' Day

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection

Date learned: 00001930S

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Spinning a yoyo on a cloudy day is supposed to help make the
sun come out.

Submitter comment: I did this once before under cloudy conditions and the sun
actually did come through the clouds.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Up, Down.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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IF YOU THROW WATER OUT THE DOOR AFTER SUNDOWN, IT IS A SIGN OF
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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