Witching hour

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The witching hour is the time of night when some believe that witches, demons, ghosts and other supernatural beings are most active, when magic is most likely to happen. Some put the witching hour at midnight, others put the witching hour at 3:00 a.m. while a minority of people puts the witching hour at dusk. The idea of the witching hour comes to us from Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, where Hamlet says, “’Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world…” The actual term the witching hour is not seen until the late 1700s.


But restrictions placed on when crews can’t work results in the witching-hour labor. (The Sharon Herald)

Close to the witching hour on Tuesday night, master alchemist Martin O’Neill finally revealed his Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 brew. (The Daily Mail)

But the odds that most or many appropriations bills get enacted before the witching hour occurs barely more than a month before the election? (The Atlantic)

WITCHING HOUR: You’ve heard about Twilight Barking for dogs (if you’ve read “101 Dalmatians”) but what about the witching hour for babies? (The Portland Press Herald)

In addition, having failed to properly pay their respects for the passing of the witching hour, they’ll awake feeling as if they have been burned at the stake. (The Naples Daily News)

Sophie finds herself awake at the witching hour, and though she knows she should “never get out of bed, never go to the window, never look behind the curtain,” she does, of course, all three. (TIME Magazine)

It was just before the witching hour and the sky remained half-lit by the sun’s rays. (The South Yorkshire Times)

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