Black Cats & Halloween
Today, 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.
The Black Cat Pulp Magazine 1899 1st Jack London Story Platinum Comic Age RARE
Very, Very, Lucky Black Cat #250 zerocool VeeFriends Base Trading Card Gary Vee
CRAIG DAN GOSEYUN NATIVE AMERICAN BLACK MARBLE LARGE CAT SCULPTURE CARVING
2017 Fleer Ultra Spiderman Marvel Metal Purple PMG MM6 Black Cat 5/5 Raw L@@K
Spectacular Spider-Man #85 CGC 9.9 1983 Hobgoblin & Black Cat RARE WP
2022 Spider-Man Metal Black Cat High Series Green PMG CGC 8.5
Gold Porcelain Handpainted Black Cat Monkey Teapot Russian Artist Irina Zaytceva
Watling Fortune Telling Lollipop Penny Weight Scale Witch / Black Cat Lights Up
Authentic Rare Spider-Man Unlimited #1 (May 1993, Marvel) Fabulous First Issue
Amazing Spider-Man 194 CGC 9.8 Bronze key Marvel Comic 1st Black Cat IGKC L@@K