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.

 



Gold Porcelain Handpainted Black Cat Monkey Teapot Russian Artist Irina Zaytceva picture
Gold Porcelain Handpainted Black Cat Monkey Teapot Russian Artist Irina Zaytceva
$9999.98


Black Cat #50 [1954] Certified 6.5 Losing Face picture
Black Cat #50 [1954] Certified 6.5 Losing Face
$7400.0


Gretsch G6119t-65ka Kenichi Asai Signature Black Cat With Bigsby picture
Gretsch G6119t-65ka Kenichi Asai Signature Black Cat With Bigsby
$7369.14


Rare Original 1917 Ww1 Recruitment Poster Join The Tanks Black Cat Framed Wow picture
Rare Original 1917 Ww1 Recruitment Poster Join The Tanks Black Cat Framed Wow
$6500.0


Vtg 1980s 1988 Akira L T Shirt Tokyo Fashion Victim Travis Scott Anime Manga Art picture
Vtg 1980s 1988 Akira L T Shirt Tokyo Fashion Victim Travis Scott Anime Manga Art
$6500.0


17th Century Dutch Old Master Study Of A Cat Attributed To Jan Fyt (1611-1661) picture
17th Century Dutch Old Master Study Of A Cat Attributed To Jan Fyt (1611-1661)
$5866.98


Black Cat #1 Cgc Ss 9.9 Not Cgc 9.8 J Scott Campbell Marvel (regular) picture
Black Cat #1 Cgc Ss 9.9 Not Cgc 9.8 J Scott Campbell Marvel (regular)
$5200.0


Cream Soda Lighter Black Cats picture
Cream Soda Lighter Black Cats
$5153.11


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