SCARE TACTICS: Getting into the spirit of Friday the 13th are (from left) Let’s Party Lismore owner Michelle Stone, customer Michael Wawn, of Lismore, and store assistant Lorraine McDonald.
SCARE TACTICS: Getting into the spirit of Friday the 13th are (from left) Let’s Party Lismore owner Michelle Stone, customer Michael Wawn, of Lismore, and store assistant Lorraine McDonald. Jacklyn Wagner

Beware! It's a black day for scaredy-cats

IF YOU suffer from paraskevidekatria, then beware of black cats, walking under ladders and stepping on cracks in footpaths today.

Fear of Friday the 13th, also known as paraskevidekatria, is one of the most widespread superstitions.

But Michael Wawn, of Lismore, isn't afraid of going about his normal business today, working for Instyle Sleepcentre in Lismore.

“I'm not superstitious,” Mr Wawn said.

“I will walk in front of a black cat, under a ladder and I will step on a crack. I think Friday the 13th is just another day, but one that you can have some fun on. You can dress up, scare people and tell ghost stories to family and friends.”

Although Mr Wawn isn't afraid of Fridays that fall on the 13th day of the month, he is afraid of watching horror movies, especially on his own.

“I won't watch scary movies,” he said.

“I won't leave the room if I've been watching a horror movie - I'm too scared!”

Michelle Stone, from Let's Party Lismore, always does a roaring trade on Friday the 13th, with shoppers flooding the store to purchase ghoulish costumes, capes and masks.

“People often hold parties on Friday the 13th and are looking for something to decorate their home or to wear,” she said.

“Some of the most popular sellers are fake blood, witches noses and witches hats and scream masks.”

Let's Party Lismore is open today from 9am-5pm, and is located at 32 Zadoc Street.

Things to do
  • Get out a scary movie and turn the lights off, try Friday the 13th, The Shining, Evil Dead, Scream or The Exorcist.
  • Invite some friends around for a sleepover and share some scary ghost stories by candlelight.
  • Take a ghost tour with Paranormal Pursuit. Tours depart from Byron Bay and Ballina tonight and on Saturday. Call David on 0401 266 411.


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