Tools to keep those devilish, ghastly ghouls at bay on Samhain.

Tools to keep those devilish, ghastly ghouls at bay on Samhain.Image: Charmed

Use these four traditional ways of warding off evil spirits. It can't hurt right?

Halloween, which the Irish can lay claim to founding by the by, has inspired many traditions on how to ward off the evil spirits. The Irish believed that on October 31 the evilest of creatures and ghouls came to visit them as the year saw an end of the light and the beginning of the dark season.

As the Irish had many ways of ensuring they weren't stolen away by the fairies on Halloween night, they were also wary that they would follow them across the ocean and so they brought their safety tricks with them wherever they went. Several of the traditions have been transported across the world, and here are just a few of the "tools" to keep those devilish, ghastly ghouls at bay.

Bonfires

If you light a massive bonfire, you are more than sure to keep the spirit world away. Fairies will be terrified of the flames.

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Black cats

Schlageck said these creatures are "associated with Faust who sold his soul to the devil for knowledge and power." As such the ghouls are wary of our dark-furred, little feline friends. Whoever said a black cat was bad luck?

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Read more: Top ten Irish traditions for Halloween (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

Pumpkins or jack-o'-lanterns

The faces carved on the pumpkins are said to keep away ghosts from the door. What face will scare off the fairies more this year? 

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Dressing up

Although the scary costumes may have fallen by the wayside recently with superheroes and princesses topping the list of trick or treat ideas children have these days, the tradition of dressing up as various creatures is another way for people to ward off bad spirits.

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Halloween colors are still orange and black, however, colors associated with the dead so if you're feeling like getting into the Oíche Samhna (Halloween) spirit, simply stick on something in these colors. 

What's your favorite Halloween tradition? Share in the comments!

* Originally published in 2011.