Cats & Halloween

Halloween is coming closer and closer with every day. It’s a happy day for little kids, with dress up parties, trick and treating and lots of candy! But have ever thought about black cats? During these days those black-coated cats might have a hard time…


“When a cat crossed your path, it will give you bad luck”.

Long ago people saw cats as magical or evil witches, because a cat is nocturnal, so people link that with the darkness and everything evil. They thought cats had dark powers and they were friends with the devil.

The Celtics believed that a cat was part of the devil. So the roasted it in baskets above a fire, thinking that they would torture the devil with doing so.

In medieval times, cats were seen as the reason for the pest and later on all the bad luck was their fault too. This resulted in cats being tortured and even buried alive. During the witch-hunting not only humans died on the stake, because they thought witches could turn into cats.

During Halloween the days get colder, and the darkness would return. Because people saw the death “returning” in black cats they were associated with Halloween. The ghosts of the people who had done badly were able to return back to earth on the night of Halloween.  They were able to take possession of animals, especially black cats.


In the medieval times they had strange games involving cats. One of those games was to put a cat in a barrel, hang it in a tree and punch it with a club and see who could break the barrel first…


A lot of shelters refuse to let black cats be adopted, afraid they will end up in rituals, or they will used to scare people with during the big night on Halloween.

Strangely enough, people suddenly remember about the superstition, and that black cats are the devil’s best friends.


All this superstition means that black cats are longer in shelters before they get adopted. If they get adopted because many people are too superstition, and too scared to bring a black cat home. Afraid that it would bring bad luck and especially around the days of Halloween. But this doesn’t only happen to black cats, but also black dogs or black rabbits.

It’s a year-around problem, and it has far more to do with poorly behaved kids than with organized ‘satanic-cults’.


In countries where Halloween is celebrated and where it is very popular, the black cat is the victim of this party. They become less and less popular during Halloween and are often the victim of violence.

That is why it’s so important to keep your (black) cat inside during Halloween.

Bad Luck & Superstition

  • Meeting a black cat in the morning.
  • Crossing paths with a cat after 9pm.
  • In the 16th century Italians believed that if a black cat would sit on a bed of a sick man, he would pass away fast.
  • And Irish superstition story goes that if you cross a black cat at moonlight, there be a deadly epidemic.
  • If a black cat would show up on a funeral, another family member would pass away soon.
  • In some parts of China, they see black cats as a bringer of starvation.
  • Druids thought that black cats were actually humans. These humans in cat-form were punished for their bad deeds.

Good Luck & Superstition

  • Finding a white hair on the coat of a black cat.
  • Taking a black cat into your house.
  • Greeting a black cat at the door.
  • A black cat entering the house.
  • Meeting three black cats in a row.
  • Touching a black cat.
  • French farmers thought that black cats could find buried treasures. That’s why they had to follow a specific ritual, find a cross of five ways, and follow the released black cats.
  • In Japan a black cat means good luck if they cross a road.
  • A bride would have live a happy married live if a black cat on her marriage would sneeze…
  • Wives of fishermen would keep black cats in their house to keep diseased away from their men at sea.

“Never kill a black cat on Halloween. It will give you seven years of bad luck”


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25 Responses to “Cats & Halloween”

  1. Mollie

    That was awful what they use to do the cats..People even nowadays with their stupid superstitions. We love black kitties…Don’t forget to enter our competition :) xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  2. Animalcouriers

    Such utter rot and they keep believing it – astounding :( We’re a lucky household, especially as our black cat has lots of white hairs threaded through his coat :)

  3. onespoiledcat

    I agree that it’s ridiculous so many people buy into these ridiculous superstitions – the black cat/Halloween one is perhaps one of the MOST ridiculous superstitions there is!

    Pam (and Sam)

    • Dianda

      I’m not sure it’s that bad over here. But there were a lot Dutch articles about it, so I guess it is. Even though we don’t really celebrate halloween here. :(

  4. rumpydog

    Never kill a black cat PERIOD! woo woo woo!
    Love the info. I didn’t know alot of this stuff. I do think it’s pretty stupid that humans are afraid of a color of fur. But then, some are also afraid of different colors of skin too.

  5. Sid Dunnebacke

    What were you saying about people not using their brains? I was aware of a bit of this, but, Holy Cow. My Sadie is the sweetest creature I’ve ever known – not that I needed to be convinced that the black kitties aren’t the devil reincarnated.

  6. hutchagoodlife

    It is terrible how some people are. Our Mummy used to be scared of black cats (an incident involving her, a black cat, some sharp claws and a french vase. . . Don’t ask!) But she would never harm them.

    You have to be mentally sick to harm and animal.

    Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil

      • hutchagoodlife

        Was. She isn’t bothered by them anymore. But she was terrorfied for years. Then a little tabby hissed at her and she realised that it isn’t the colour of a cat that makes it mean. Any animal of any colour or breed can be nasty given the wrong treatment.


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