The Creepy Necropants and Happy Halloween


I have been getting many questions about necropants (Nábrókarstafur). People want to know if they are actually real or if they are a hoax. They are made from the skin of a dead person and they are supposed to bring the wearer prosperity. Here is a photo of a pair on display in Iceland.


There is a Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Withcraft called Strandagaldur in Hólmavík which is in northwestern Iceland.You can watch a video showing the museum and the surrounding Iceland landscape HERE on YouTube.


Our friend and author, Nancy Marie Brown, has a story about her visit to the museum at this link: HERE. She explains the ‘Rules’ of getting a pair of necropants and more about the surrounding area of Hólmavík. I have not been to this museum yet but I did drive nearby when I visited Ísafjörður in 2012.

Tomorrow is All Saints’ Day. In Iceland, churches hold special prayer services in memory of the saints called All Saints’ Mass (Allra heilagramessa). Many Icelanders celebrate the occasion with family and friends. So a Happy Halloween to you today and a blessed All Saints’ Day tomorrow. Here is a great Viking Ship pumpkin carving for you to enjoy!



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