This Friday will fall on the 13th giving us our first Friday the 13th of 2018.
I am not really a superstitious person but I can’t help but have thoughts such as, “Do I really want to fly on Friday the the 13th.”
Sometimes Friday the 13th will occur only once a year, sometimes twice and other years three times.
This year we will have two Fridays fall on the 13th – this one in April and the next one in July.
This year (2018) we will have two Friday the 13ths, one in September and one in December.
A little trivia – from 2010 until 2020 Friday the 13th will occur 20 times.
Fear of the intersection between the number 13 and Friday probably goes back to the Middle Ages, when the story of Jesus’ last supper counted 13 people present the night before his death on a Friday. The first Friday the 13th movie was the latest call in 1980 to keep it spooky. Jason found a way to slash this date straight into our hearts.
Lucky for us, the unlucky number 13 catches this coming Friday, when you’ll doubtlessly already be out at the myriad art events happening in town: Dallas Art Fair gets going the same day, inspiring many other openings and parties.
Those options, however, are less than freaky. Here’s how you can get freaky on Friday.
These ghosts say “booze.”
If you seek fear and adventure with a side of drinks, Nightly Spirits and their Dallas ghost tour pub crawl is for you— if you can manage to hold your alcohol. (As in, not drop it.) Start off at Frankie’s downtown at 8:30 p.m. to explore Dallas’ most famous haunted stories, bars, and buildings, at $25 per person.
The Friday the 13th Pub Crawl located on West 7th in Fort Worth is guilt-free, since all profits go towards benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. With $25 you can get an official T-shirt and great drink specials all while helping your community.
Get weird with Rocky Horror.
As Dr. Frank-N-Furter said: “Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab!” The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) screens at The Angelika at midnight. $10 per ticket, and another good place to park it and drink.
Mark the day with some ink.
Elm Street Tattoo has a 24-hour Tattoo Marathon every Friday the 13th. Tats are only $13 with a $7 tip for good luck— cash only. Elm Street offers more than 200 designs at this rate.
Just a few other venues with sweet deals for tattoos this Friday: Rose Gold Art Gallery, with your choice of design —as long as it’s silver dollar sized; Lucky Horseshoe Tattoo, which offers deals on piercings, too; and Vato Loco Tattoo Studio, which hosts an art and craft show outside the shop with a side of free hot dogs.
Put some voodoo in your ears.
Detroit rock band Sponge comes to Deep Ellum’s Lava Cantina this Friday to celebrate the 13th with a voodoo twist. Tickets start at $10. With songs like “Plowed”, which appears on Guitar Hero’s Warriors of Rock – 90’s Rock Track Pack, there’s a scary chance this’ll be a rager.
Where does Friday the 13th originate from?
It is uncertain how this key date became associated with bad luck, but the number 13 has been considered unlucky for some time – possibly as far back as the Middle Ages.
The day was first mentioned in English in a biography of Gioachino Rossini, an Italian composer, who died on Friday, November, 13, 1868.
Thomas W. Lawson, an American businessman is also believed to have prolonged the superstition after his book, Friday the Thirteenth, was published in 1907. In the novel, an unscrupulous stock broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic.
It may even have biblical origins: the Bible outlines the Last Supper, on Maundy Thursday, which was attended by Jesus and his 12 apostles, including Judas, who betrayed him.
The day after the 13 guests attended the supper was Good Friday, Jesus’s crucifixion. As part of a Christian superstition, some believe the seating arrangement at the Last Supper was evil and encouraged death.
Some historians have claimed it was the day on which Eve bit the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, the great flood began and the builders of the Tower of Babel.
What bad events have happened on Friday the 13th?
One of the earliest events associated with Friday the 13th dates back to October, 1307, where officers of King Philip IV of France imprisoned and later executed hundreds of the Knights Templar, a religious, military group who sought to defend the Holy Land.
Since then, the Second World War bombing of Buckingham Palace by German forces in September, 1940 and the Bangladesh cyclone in November, 1970, which killed 300,000 people both occurred on Friday the 13th.
A Chilean Air force plane ‘disappeared’ in the Andes on Friday 13 October 1972, with 16 survivors turning up two months later. They had been forced to eat dead passengers in order to survive.
In 1976, New Yorker Daz Baxter was apparently so afraid of Friday the 13th he decided the safest place to stay was his bed. Mr Baxter was killed when the floor of his apartment block collapsed that day.
Rapper Tupac Shakur died of his wounds on Friday 13 September 1996, six days after being shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting.
More recently, the £13.5 million SAW ride at Thorpe Park, Chertsey, was scheduled to open on Friday 13, March, 2009 but was shut down due to a computer fault. Plus in January, 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship crashed off the coast of Italy, killing 30 people.
Just over two years ago, ISIS organised seven simultaneous terror attacks in Paris on Friday 13, November, 2015, leaving 130 people dead and hundreds wounded.
It is also rumoured that an asteroid will come within 22,000 miles of the Earth on Friday the 13th in April, 2029. A coincidence?
Do people really fear this superstitious day?
If you find yourself worrying about Friday the 13th approaching, you are not alone. Experts have found the fear of Friday the 13th is widespread and psychologists have even gone as far as naming this fear – Paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek word Paraskevi, meaning Friday.
Dr Caroline Watt of the University of Edinburgh says that it is the belief in the Friday 13th superstition that could, in fact, prove the greatest risk to the average person.
She said: “If people believe in the superstition of Friday the 13th then they believe they are in greater danger on that day. As a result they may be more anxious and distracted and this could lead to accidents. It becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.
“It is like telling someone they are cursed. If they believe they are then they will worry, their blood pressure will go up and they put themselves at risk.”
Are there any countries that don’t consider Friday the 13th to be unlucky?
In Italy, the number 13 is believed to be a lucky number and they consider Friday the 17th to bring bad luck. Similarly in Greece, Friday the 13th isn’t feared but instead, Tuesday the 13th is seen as an unlucky date.
In China, the number four is considered to be unlucky as in Chinese, it is nearly pronounced the same as the word death.
Is Friday the 13th really that bad?
What about the good things that have happened on this inauspicious date? Here are a few things worth remembering.
After every Friday 13th, comes a Saturday 14th, which can only mean one thing: the weekend is nearly upon us. The first nudist colony was founded in the UK: Britons were allowed to let it all hang out when the North Devon Club in Metherell opened on Friday 13 June, 1930.
Plus, Hollywood officially arrived on a Friday 13th. The Hollywood sign – which originally read HOLLYWOODLAND – was unveiled on Friday 13 July, 1923. It was built to advertise a housing development, but has since become one of the world’s biggest tourist attractions.
How often does Friday the 13th occur each year?
Friday the 13th occurs at least once every year but no more than three times a year.After April, the unlucky day will occur only once more in 2018, during July – so at least our bad luck will be kept to a minimum.
Weired ways to Celebrate Friday the 13th
1.Host a campfire party
The forecast for Friday is looking warm. Get outside and finally put that firepit to good use by roasting marshmallows and telling spooky stories around the “campfire.” If it ends up raining, take the party inside. Dim the lights and have each member of your family share their most horrifying tale (mine would include that time I left a full Starbucks drink on the roof of my SUV).
2.Create a good luck charm
Counteract this so-called bad luck day by creating a little positivity of your own. Have your kids paint and decorate rocks or beach stones and turn them into good luck charms. This blog has a great tutorial, and the site also shares how the stones can be used to calm anxious children, making the charms useful year round.
3.Read a scary book together
Have older kids practice their reading skills with this spooky stories box set or keep the subject matter light for little ones with this spooky jokes book. My daughter is in a stage where she loves creating her own books out of construction paper, so we plan on crafting our own creepy short story this Friday.
4.Watch a kid-friendly spooky show or movie
I would never recommend letting your kids watch a horror movie marathon, but there is plenty of family-oriented spooky entertainment out there. The PBS cartoon “Peg Plus Cat” has a cute Friday the 13th episode that’s also educational. The “Casper” movie is a favorite in our family and we’re also big fans of “Hocus Pocus” and “Monster House.”
5.Learn about superstitions
The origins of Friday the 13th and the superstitions behind it might be a little tough for kids to understand, so it helps to have a conversation about why some people believe in bad luck. Research the background behind well known superstitions, like throwing salt over your shoulder, knocking on wood and not walking underneath a ladder.
6.Make a black cat craft
Black cats are supposed to be omens of bad luck, but they also happen to be family pets in our home. Even if you’re not a black cat lover, your kids will enjoy this fun paper craft. This paper plate cat is also super easy and uses art supplies you probably already have around the house.