Oct 12

Fear Friday the Thirteenth

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is not a word one comes across on a regular basis. In fact, at most, it would only matter to someone with this particular issue a few times a year. That’s because, this word means “the fear of Friday the Thirteenth.”

According to Wikipedia:
The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, ‘originating from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion’ in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday.   While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century.

It could be that the 1907 publication of Thomas W. Lawson’s novel Friday, the Thirteenth contributed to the dissemination of the superstition. As the story goes, a stock broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th

The Friday the 13th horror movie franchise – which began in 1980 – is now up to a dozen films as well as comic books, video games and merchandise. The films mainly focus on the character Jason Voorhees, who drowned as a boy at camp due to the negligence of the staff.  In each of the movies, Jason is either the killer or the motivation for the killings. His hockey mask has become one of the most recognizable images in horror and popular culture. In the eighth movie New York is the setting, however Jason spends a third of the film on a boat. Vancouver stood in for NY in most of the city scenes. Watch the scene below to spot some local locations.

Friday the Thirteenths happen every year. In 2017 there was one in January, and again this month. While this occurrence happens about equally in all months, it’s especially creepy when it occurs as we approach Halloween. It should be noted that it won’t happen again in October until 2023, and then 2028.

Naturally, the best place to celebrate this dark day is at Fright Nights at Playland. Twenty rides and eight haunted house will be open to until midnight to thrill the fear out of you!

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