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Black Cats: Classic Icons of Halloween

Updated on October 16, 2014

Black Cats: Classic Icons of Halloween

Black cats have long been associated with witches and are favorite icons used for Halloween costumes and decorations. This association dates back to the Middle Ages and may have been due to the fact that cats are nocturnal and therefore more active at night. They were believed to be supernatural servants of witches, or even witches themselves. Their stealthy movements and glowing eyes add to their sense of mystery.

What do you think of black cats? Are they a symbol of good luck or bad? Are they a favorite Halloween character of yours? This lens offers a variety of black cat costumes, decorations and collectibles for every black cat fan.

Beautiful Black Cats

curated content from Flickr

Black Cat Costume for Babies

Tom Arma Black Cat Infant Costume

Costume includes bodysuit with attached fuzzy black tail, headpiece with orange lined ears, booties, and pumpkin toy with sewn felt face and embroidered whiskers.

Black Cat Costume for Girls

Girls Pretty Kitty Costume

Costume includes a black and pink velvet dress with pink fur trim, tail, tights and hood with ears.

Black Cat Corset and Skirt Costume

Costume includes the black lace-up corset top featuring built-in boning and halter neck and matching mini skirt with black faux fur hem and an attached extra long tail. Fur hood, legwarmers, and gloves are sold separately.

In the market for a Black Cat Tattoo?

I came across and found an amazing assortment of Black Cat tattoo designs. Tattoo Johnny offers professional designs with stencils for you to download and take to the tattoo artist of your choice.

This is just a small sample...some of my favorites.

Halloween Black Cat Cake - Credit to Betty Crocker :)

Follow the recipe found on to make this black cat cake.

Art Print

Customizable Stationery

The Black Cat Guestbook

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    • lingolux profile image


      5 years ago

      i had a black cat called molly as a child, she was the loveliest cat in the world.

    • Rowangaia profile image


      6 years ago

      I love this lens: thanks!

    • PennyHowe profile image


      6 years ago

      Very interesting lens. Full of great ideas about cats. Love the Halloween poster.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens! I have six black beauties of my own. Black cats are very loyal and intelligent. I came here looking for black cat tattoos... thanks for including them.

    • jasminesphotogr profile image


      6 years ago

      So many pretty kitties. :)

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      6 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Black cats have been mysterious ever since British Chimney sweeps started using them! They are also heavily associated with wicken and Halloween

    • MichaelWoods profile image


      6 years ago

      great lens on Black cats. My daughter and I have 2 black kittens, 13 weeks old. Beautiful and playful.. Thank you for sharing...

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

      6 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Neat lens! I have a black cat - splashed with white - who eats garlic and brewers' yeast to keep her coat silky smooth. I like the variety of items that you featured.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Black cats are spooky but our daughter has one really lovable black cat.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens, cats are such powerful animals, you never own them they own you!

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      ChrisHugh LM 

      6 years ago

      I like your lens. I love black cats. I created a blog to sort of thank or honor my own black cat. I stopped breathing not long ago (long story), and he patted my cheek until I woke up. There have been lots of heroic black cats, "Ceiling Cats." I'm link to your lens on my Facebook page called "Ceiling Cat is Black."

    • thatsocool profile image


      6 years ago

      Black cats are cool, so silky and panther-like.

    • jwcooney profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for sharing. I especially like the Halloween art print of the black cat posing with the broom.

    • VladimirCat profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      I always knew I was special but now I know that I'm a classic icon of Halloween as well. All black cats are special

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I love black cats and just to have a pair of them. They had white paws though. I'm featuring this on my Vintage Black Cats for Halloween lens.

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      Heather B 

      7 years ago

      I'm working on a black cat lens too! The history behind the superstitions associated with black cats is amazing, don't you think?

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      Shari O'Leary 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      What a great lens! You have been blessed!

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      7 years ago

      Adorable lens! Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      What a great, fun, lens! I have a black cat (named Tabitha) and she is the sweet, smartest, and most beautiful cat around. Well, female. Can't forget my male brown tabby. :)

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      7 years ago

      Lensrolled to my Halloween kitty's lens:

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      7 years ago

      Just did a lens on "The Top 20 Reasons You Might Be a Crazy Cat Lady", so thought I would check out some other cat lenses. Nice Lens.

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      Jen Maskill 

      7 years ago

      Nice lens Thanks. My Black cat is called Pica and He is a very lucky cat ;)

    • ColorPetGifts profile image


      7 years ago

      Sweet lens about Black Cats. Lensrolled to my Black Kitty Cat Gifts, Black Cat Art, and Black Puppy Dog Gifts.

    • MoonShrine profile image


      7 years ago

      I love black cats! but I always kept my two girls locked up around Halloween time because people killed black cats around where I lived, even the pound wouldn't adopt out black cats in October.

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      8 years ago

      Oh wow, thanks for including my black cat stationery! That was quite a surprise to find scrolling down! :DI thought you might also be interested in my new Catoonizer: lets you create your own cartoon cats (inc black ones!) and place them on all sorts of products. I hope you like it! :)

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      I love black cats. Years ago I was going to get a second one and called a local woman who ran a rescue. She wouldn't give me one....under November 2. Apparently lots of people try to get black cats for Hallowean. How awful. thumbs up

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      8 years ago

      Boo! Happy Halloween lens! - Kathy

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      Moe Wood 

      8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I've always wanted a black cat and a white cat.

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      8 years ago

      I have a pure black kitty and i am sure she will love joining in being my witches cat this halloween!

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      8 years ago

      Black cats are beautiful~~I never believe they can be unlucky or anything~~

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      8 years ago

      Love the cat cake idea. Perfect for Halloween.

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Well, I am a cat person and I do love black cats - any time of the year. You have some cute merchandise here. I particularly love the black cat cake. Cats and chocolate. My two favorite 'c" words.

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      What would Halloween be without a black cat? Some of these ideas are adorable and those plush cat toys would happily find a home with me! Featured on my new Halloween Face Painting Kits lens, just published. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, this page has everything Black Cat! Great Black Cats for Halloween!

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      Yvonne L B 

      8 years ago from Covington, LA

      This catty lens has been featured on our Bewitching Halloween Beauties lens (halloween-beauties-witches-cats).

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      8 years ago

      @grannysage: i know that pic.... i laught so hard when saw it!!!! rofl...

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      9 years ago

      I wuv black kittysI have Midnight -Spooky-Shadow-Tinkerbellall black beautysmeowwwwwwwwwwww

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      9 years ago

      This is adorable...I've lensrolled it to my lenses...5*

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      9 years ago

      I saw the cutest cartoon the other day. It had a picture of a witches cloak and hat lying on the floor. The cloak was covered with white cat hair. The caption read "Why Witches Like Black Cats." We just adopted a white cat from a shelter and I can attest to the white hair problem as my husband wears mostly black. Very cute lens.

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      10 years ago

      Black cats are timeless! I love the cat cake recipe. Definitely, the best Halloween icons. :)

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      10 years ago

      Cool lens!

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      Tonie Cook 

      10 years ago from USA

      Adorable! Black cats go with the witches in my Halloween lens.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      The cat cake is really cute. 5* favored and lensrolled to my Halloween lens

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      Gatsby LM 

      11 years ago

      5* My neighbors black cat is very gentle and sweet. She plays with me a lot. Best Natural Dog Food

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      11 years ago

      All that superstition around black cats is silly. I want one. 5* Pitbull Dog

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      GypsyPirate LM 

      11 years ago

      I love black cats - great lens (the crafts are so cute!) Thanks for joining us in The SquidBOO Home!

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for making a black cat lens. I have two black cats called Barry

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      11 years ago

      I have a huge collection of black cat items, as well as two adorable black cats in my menagerie. Some day I'll write a lens on black cats in advertising.

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      Robin S 

      11 years ago from USA

      I love black cats! I have one named Timmie.


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