Freaking out over Friday the 13th? It’s not often that a Friday the 13th occurs in the same month as Halloween. And if you’re superstitious, it may leave you feeling a bit vulnerable.

The creators of two of St. Louis’ scariest places this Halloween – The Darkness and Creepyworld Haunted Scream Park – have some “survival” tips (some based on ancient superstition, some tongue in cheek) for a terror-free day:

1)  Stay away from Ouija boards. Try a good game of Scrabble instead.

2)  Avoid black cats. Get some good luck instead by supporting local shelter programs that take care of feline friends.

3)  Don’t hurt yourself trying to spell “paraskevidekatriaphobia,” – the word for fear of Friday the 13th.

4)  Don’t walk under a ladder. It’s both superstition and common sense.

5)  Don’t hang out with anyone named Jason.

6)  Don’t go camping. You’ve seen the movies.

7)  If you have 13 letters in your name, you’re said to have “the devil’s luck,” so you might want to avoid tempting fate on Friday the 13th.

8)  If you see someone in a hockey mask and you’re not at a hockey game…run!

9)  Don’t start a new business on Friday the 13th. It will be doomed to fail.

10) Stay out of the woods at night.

11)  Don’t dine with 12 other people. When 13 people share a meal, it’s said that one will die before the end of the year.

12)  Don’t break a mirror. It’s said to bring seven years of bad luck.

And, of course, if you do want a good –but safe—Friday the 13th scare, the theme park creators visiting The Darkness and Creepyworld Haunted Scream Park.

Located in Soulard, The Darkness, St. Louis’ longest-running haunted house, has several all-new offerings this year, including Zombie Laser Tag where guests hunt, kill and eradicate “real” zombies. The award-winning attraction also features Silo-X haunted house where visitors are the prey of flesh-eating zombies.

Creepyworld touts itself as the nation’s biggest haunted theme park, with 13 attractions, including Trick R Treat Haunted Hayride and Quarantine World War Zombie. It also features haunted houses themed around zombies, clowns, hospitals, prisons, cemeteries, corn mazes and even Krampus, a Christmas Horror Story. Creepyworld is located in Fenton.