Black Cats & Halloween

blkcatToday, black cats are as much a symbol of Halloween as are pumpkins, ghosts and witches. But this wasn’t always the case. In fact, unlike most Halloween customs, which date back to the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain, the black cat association is a more recent addition.

 

In the early Middle Ages, cats began to be associated with witches. While the exact reason for this association is not clear, historians suppose that it has something to do with a cat’s nocturnal nature.

 

Some in the Church believed that witches became cats at night. Others associated cats with witchcraft because their eyes glow at night, a sign of evil.

 

The powerful association between witches and cats, especially the “sneaky” black cat, persisted throughout the centuries. So when modern celebrations of Halloween evolved to include images of the wicked witch, the black cat was right behind her.

 

If you want to put a sweet face on this sinister symbol, take a look at our Halloween crafts section. We’ve got kitty cat cans, feline finger puppets and masks that are the cat’s meow.

 



Halloween Clown With Black Cat (extra Large)  Vergie Lightfoot For Bethany Lowe picture
Halloween Clown With Black Cat (extra Large) Vergie Lightfoot For Bethany Lowe
$1799.99


Antique Rare Original Cast Iron  Demonic Black Cat Halloween Door Stop picture
Antique Rare Original Cast Iron Demonic Black Cat Halloween Door Stop
$1499.99


Katherine's Collection Retired Halloween 60
Katherine's Collection Retired Halloween 60" Life Size Black Cat Doll Ltd Ed
$719.99


Jim Shore Heartwood Creek On The Night Watch Black Cat Pumpkin Halloween Light picture
Jim Shore Heartwood Creek On The Night Watch Black Cat Pumpkin Halloween Light
$475.0


20 Foot Animated Halloween Inflatable Black Cat picture
20 Foot Animated Halloween Inflatable Black Cat
$431.89


20 Foot Animated Halloween Inflatable Black Cat picture
20 Foot Animated Halloween Inflatable Black Cat
$423.75


Antique Rare 1912 Halloween Card Devil Witch Broom Black Bats Cats Ghost Pumpkin picture
Antique Rare 1912 Halloween Card Devil Witch Broom Black Bats Cats Ghost Pumpkin
$389.0


20 Foot Huge Lighted Halloween Inflatable Black Cat Outdoor Lawn Party picture
20 Foot Huge Lighted Halloween Inflatable Black Cat Outdoor Lawn Party
$388.55