October 11, 2019
Cats: A Symbol of Halloween
Time to get your costumes out and start carving pumpkins! Halloween is just around the corner…Yet, for all the cat lovers out there, there’s something that you might not be aware of. Yes... it’s the mysterious connection between Halloween and our favorite kitties. Especially black cats, there’s a shadowy history between them both. Let’s find out more about the deep secrets of Halloween and cats. Learn how our favorite feline friends have become associated with this ghastly time of year!
As you might be aware, duringHalloween, you are expected see the black cat silhouettes in windows. And don’t forget kitties hitching a ride on the back of broom sticks, with lovely yellow eyes glowing brightly from corner to corner. Black cats are usually seen alongside witches or even decorating their witch hats! This makes them one of the most popular Halloween symbols and decorations.
We all are aware of the superstition of a black cat crossing you. These poor creatures are also among the least scary and fierce decorations you’ll see this Halloween. Instead, they could be considered the more friendly symbol of Halloween fun!
Is owning a black Cat considered good or bad Luck? Well… Let’s be honest, most of us have survived the superstition that black cats are unlucky. Cats still show love and affection, and some keep us company! Black cats are as iconic in the 21st century. For instance, in Japan, a black cat is a sign of good luck. If one crosses a person’s path, they greet the cat with 'Konichiwa'. By doing this, it’s believed that the person is the master of their luck!
How did all this start? Well… Black cats have lower chances of being adopted than the others and they take more time to find homes. Also, these cute little animals are considered as superstitious and ‘’boring’’ compared to other colours. And a while back, shelters limited adoptions of black cats around Halloween as they fear they will be tortured and be used as "living decorations" for the holiday and then abandoned.
In Western culture, black cats have usually been looked upon as a symbol of wickedness or bad luck. They were also suspected as being part of a family of witches. It was also rumored that when a witch dies, they are transformed into a black cat. Who knows, the black cat in your house may have been an ancient witch? Happy MEOWloween!