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Face Your Fears: Things to do on Friday the 13th

It’s Friday the 13th, and you are most likely 1 of 2 people: 1) You are freaking out, avoiding cracks on the sidewalk and broken mirrors alike. You just refuse to go about business as usual. 2) Today just doesn’t phase you; you wish to god that people would stop bringing it up and just carry on with the day (you might have not even known it was Friday the 13th).

So what’s the big deal about Friday the 13th anyway? Many of us don’t even know why the day is unlucky or we just assume it had something to do with Judas being the 13th guest at the last supper. The stigma comes from King Philip IV of France, who notoriously ordered the arrest, torture and execution of hundreds of Knights Templar on Friday, October 13, 1307. Did you know that the world loses close to 1 billion dollars in business on Friday the 13th? Something really must have stuck. Millions of people just refuse to fly or conduct business today; a lot of high rise office buildings even skip the thirteenth floor. Whether you acknowledge it or not, Friday the 13th is very real in the way it affects the world.

What can you do? Celebrate! You aren’t going to change everybody’s opinion, so don’t bother. If you’re scared, think of it as a way of facing your fears. If you’re indifferent, you can always use another excuse to party or do something fun. Get out there and pet some black cats, and walk under some ladders. Here are some simple things to do on Friday the 13th:

1) Visit a haunted house. It’s Friday the 13th, what other excuse do you need? Did you know many haunted houses have a special opening on Friday the 13th? Consider Brighton Asylum located at 2 Brighton Avenue in Passaic NJ. Tickets are on sale for 8pm tonight.

2) Watch a horror flick or TV series. Just can’t get out of the house because of the impending doom waiting for you outside? Then don’t go anywhere and watch something scary. Movies: Check out Let the Right One In (2008). In my opinion, it’s somewhat of a hidden gem in the horror genre in the last few years. If you would rather watch a classic then you can never go wrong with Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960). If you’ve got Netflix or some form of On Demand check out American Horror Story or The Walking Dead. Add alcohol and drink every time you see blood. Okay, maybe not every time.

3) Commit to the number by buying 13 lottery tickets. If Friday the 13th is so unlucky, maybe you’re the exception. If you don’t win big, then today isn’t any more unlucky from any other day you play the lottery. Mega Millions draws tonight and be sure to get home safely after buying. Remember, Jason Voorhees will walk faster than you can ever run.

4) Go out to dinner. Visit a restaurant that you would otherwise not be interested in because you think the cuisine doesn’t fit your taste. For instance, maybe you don’t like Indian food. Not because you have had it and disliked it, but because you just refuse to try it. Visit Bombay West in Hoboken at 832 Washington Street. As an added bonus after you’ve tipped your server handsomely, leave exactly 13 coins with your gratuity. It just might freak them out.

5) If all else fails, visit a bar or venue that you normally wouldn’t go to. See how the other half lives, and be sure to leave your bartender a $13 tip. Warning: Applying the number 13 to the amount of alcohol beverages consumed may have adverse effects the next morning. Ask out that guy/girl that you haven’t be able to muster up the courage to speak to, and make things interesting.

Don’t spill the salt, Happy Friday the 13th!