Step over cracks, don’t walk under any ladders, and heaven forbid if you break a mirror. Doing these activities anytime is cause for some people to scramble back to their bedroom, lock their door, and cower under the covers. These superstitious folks would be even more dismayed if this happened today, Friday the 13th. This day has always been a cause of anxiety and fear, but it took on another life with the debut of the motion picture horror franchise by the same name in 1980. Eleven sequels followed, giving some an extreme fear of the occasion.
There are ways to celebrate the fear and terror that come with the holiday, such as taking ghost tours. Voted one of the top 10 ghost tours by TripAdvisor, American Ghost Adventures takes you on a spine-tingling tour of historic downtown Orlando. They will describe the tragic events that have befallen our ancestors to make their spirits restlessly roam the area. Haunts don’t confine themselves just to Orlando. Central Florida has plenty of areas that are known for their unexplained phenomenon. Tour the ghostly streets of St. Cloud, Kissimmee, and Palm Bay for proof of this.
For others, Friday the 13th is just another day. There’s plenty of family-friendly activities that will make you forget the “13th” part of today’s calendar, and focus on the “fun” Friday aspect. To still maintain a little bit of mystical elements, head to Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster for some delicious food and amazing magic. It’s a full evening of fun, food, and thrills equipped for all ages. There’s nothing that takes away the fear for a child more than a good intimate object. IKEA Orlando celebrates National Rubber Ducky Day from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with crafts, photos with the largest ducky you’ve ever seen, and fishing for ducks. For the older kids, head to the Orlando Science Center for the start of the technology showcase, Otronicon. This is an annual way for kids of Orlando to be reminded just how cool science can be.