Friday the 13th has a bad reputation.
Some fear it brings bad luck. Some associate it with negative superstitions.
But for several members of the Greater Olean community, it is just another day on the calendar.
“I don't believe in any of that kind of stuff," JP Butler of Olean said. "Halloween has always been my favorite holiday because I like scary movies and haunted houses and things like that, but the superstition side has never bothered me."
Butler was not alone in his lack of belief.
“I believe it's called Triskaidekaphobia, or the fear of the number 13,” Mike McAdam of Olean said. “I don’t have any particular superstitions. For me, it's just another day, and I don't even think about it.”
Gary Ahrens of Olean said that he used to be superstitious, but wouldn’t consider himself to be now.
“Although, I do have little things I do,” Ahrens said. “If I see a penny on the ground, I won’t touch it if it's on tails. I don't know why. I just have always done it."
Jada Geary of Olean said she doesn’t have any superstitions.
“I don’t really believe in all that voodoo nonsense, it’s garbage,” she said.
Phil Hardiman, who owns Studio 4 East in Allegany, agreed.
“I live in the real world,” Hardiman said. “I believe there are powers beyond our understanding and control, but I’m not superstitious.”
Chris Anderson of Allegany and Barbara McKelvey of Belfast both brought up the fact that this Friday the 13th is supposed to have a full moon.
Taylor Blake of Cuba,believes in the ill effects of a full moon.
“I think the full moon affects people’s moods,” Blake said. “The last time there was a full moon, I noticed that people acted slightly different. They weren't like themselves, almost crazy in a sense. I'm not sure if it is a coincidence, but it was pretty interesting."
To add to the spooky theme, Aaron Hess, who owns Fusion on Main in Allegany, said customers have told him the history of building that his restaurant occupies.
“One of the regulars was saying that this building was built in 1860. This was a hotel in the 1800s and into the 1960s or 70s," Hess said.
“In 1930, the second and third floor burnt down, so some of the old-timer customers do say that the building is haunted. I personally haven't seen anything."
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