Friday the 13th typically only comes around twice a year, and what better month for it to occur than in October. Friday the 13th inspired the now famous horror movie series starring the villain Jason Voorhees and his hockey mask bringing nightmares to viewers around the world. So why has Friday the 13th long been a day of superstition and fear? Curiously, there are no written references to Friday the 13th before the 19th century. The number 13 however has been considered a bad number for thousands of years. It is thought to tie back to two famous longstanding myth that if 13 people dine together, one will die within a year. The myth comes from both the Last Supper, when Jesus dined with the 12 Apostles prior to his death, and a popular Norse myth, in which 11 close friends of the god Odin dine together only to have the 12-person party crashed by a 13th person, Loki, the god of evil and turmoil.
Friday has also long been considered an unlucky day, but there is no history of the two being tied together prior to 1907. Author, Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, suggests that the popularity of the superstition must come from the publication of Thomas W. Lawson’s popular novel, Friday, the Thirteenth. In the novel, a stock broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on Friday the 13th. Whether this was the first real pairing of an unlucky number with an unlucky day, it appears to be here to stay. There is no better time to start getting yourself in the Halloween spirit than on Friday the 13th. And there is no better place to get yourself in the mood than at Escape Frenzy where you can try to escape our Haunted House escape room.
Grab your friends and book our Haunted House before they are all gone! There’s only one Friday the 13th in October, and it’s this Friday.
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