Finding your most lucky local go-to spot on a Friday the 13th is really more about what flavor you take your fortune.
You can spend Friday, Nov. 13 not walking under ladders and knocking on planks of wood and picking up every penny you see, or you can just tuck a clover in a shirt pocket and hope for the best.
But Southern California boasts a few felicitous locations, as well as cinematic offerings, that can ward off the ill-reputation'd date, or at least get into the spirit of it.
It's a date that only pops up every so often on the calendar, once or twice a year, generally, so calling upon our personal talismans is a rarer thing.
Where to start? There are wishable bridges around town -- the Shakespeare Bridge in Franklin Hills, with its fairytale turrets and wayback history, is said to be a prime spot for wish-makery -- and there are wishing wells, too.
The beautiful baroque-y one in Chinatown's Historic Plaza, with its cups for "Vacation" and "Health," is a much-photographed, oft-visited spot, but so is the wishing well at Snow White's Grotto in Disneyland. Bonus: Snow White trilling in the distance is the soundtrack to your wish.
So close your eyes and hope your fondest hope ahead of tossing your penny into the well's stoney depths.
What to do, where to go and what to see
As for as the whole black cat thing? That untruism has been long retired. Best to spend Friday the 13th at an animal shelter, petting and cuddling kittens needing homes, or donate some blankets, food, or cash. NKLA, Kitten Rescue, Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, and a host of feline rescues around Southern California would love your support, on the 13th day of the month and every other day of the year, too.
And if you prefer your Friday the 13th with some movie-style screams, both the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and New Beverly Cinema are showing the Jason-tastic horror classic, with the New Bev showing all eight films in one screamy marathon.
Could you do it all? Wishing well, some cat affection, and a movie? It is a Friday, that gateway to the weekend. And the gateway to the weekend already comes with oodles of good luck, regardless of the number on the calendar.