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.

 

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The Black Cat Pulp Magazine 1899 1st Jack London Story Platinum Comic Age RARE picture

The Black Cat Pulp Magazine 1899 1st Jack London Story Platinum Comic Age RARE

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Very, Very, Lucky Black Cat #250 zerocool VeeFriends Base Trading Card Gary Vee picture

Very, Very, Lucky Black Cat #250 zerocool VeeFriends Base Trading Card Gary Vee

$20000.00



2017 Upper Deck UD Fleer Ultra Spider-Man Marvel sealed hobby box  picture

2017 Upper Deck UD Fleer Ultra Spider-Man Marvel sealed hobby box

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Black Cat Mystery #51 CBCS 9.4 (Harvey 8/54) Golden Age Pre-Code Horror PCH picture

Black Cat Mystery #51 CBCS 9.4 (Harvey 8/54) Golden Age Pre-Code Horror PCH

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2017 Fleer Ultra Spiderman Marvel Metal Purple PMG MM6 Black Cat 5/5 Raw L@@K picture

2017 Fleer Ultra Spiderman Marvel Metal Purple PMG MM6 Black Cat 5/5 Raw L@@K

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

Gold Porcelain Handpainted Black Cat Monkey Teapot Russian Artist Irina Zaytceva

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Namiki Limited 99pcs Edition Fountain pen Manekineko Makie Box Papers rare CAT picture

Namiki Limited 99pcs Edition Fountain pen Manekineko Makie Box Papers rare CAT

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 SEALED BOX OF 2017 UPPERDECK FLEER ULTRA SPIDERMAN LAST 1  picture

SEALED BOX OF 2017 UPPERDECK FLEER ULTRA SPIDERMAN LAST 1

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Amazing Spider-Man 194 CGC 9.8 Bronze key Marvel Comic 1st Black Cat IGKC L@@K picture

Amazing Spider-Man 194 CGC 9.8 Bronze key Marvel Comic 1st Black Cat IGKC L@@K

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #194 CGC 9.8 WHITE PAGES // 1ST APPEARANCE OF BLACK CAT 1979 picture

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #194 CGC 9.8 WHITE PAGES // 1ST APPEARANCE OF BLACK CAT 1979

$6050.00



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