- Holidays and Celebrations»
Bats Are Great For Halloween
Are Bats Scary?
Do you think bats are scary? I don't - I think they are fascinating little creatures, and thought I'd share a little about them with you. When the season is right, I can often be found outside at sunset, looking for these animals to fly over. Oh yes, the old legend about bats getting stuck in peoples' hair is nonsense!
Bats are great, and I hope you'll enjoy reading about them.
A Few Bat Facts
Do you know why bats are connected to Halloween? No, it's nothing scary at all.
In the times when Autumn was celebrated with Pagan festivals, large fires were lit to keep warm, and to ward off evil spirits. Bats were attracted to the lights, because there were moths and insects there. The people would notice the bats flying around the fires and of course, they then became associated with the festivals.
When the Vampire bat was discovered in the 17th century, naturally they also became associated with Halloween. A bat that sucked blood had long been imagined, and of course fitted into the Halloween mythos. Some native American tribes believe that the bat is a trickster spirit, which also fits the festival.
These animals are nocturnal, which also adds to their dark and mysterious reputation. Mostly, they are harmless, and in parts of West Africa, bats are sacred, and are believed to be flying souls.
Whether you love or hate these flying mammals,they certainly will add some atmospheric décor to your house for the Halloween festival.
Thinking about Halloween, my thoughts naturally turn to bats, as they are an animal I love. Of course, this led to my looking for bats to decorate the house for Halloween, and this is what caught my eye. Do you love bling too?
These holographic bats would light up your house beautifully for Halloween, don't you think? Children will love them also, and they will give some spooky light to your garden path.
The strand contains 5 lights, and is 9 feet in length. The lights are 18 inches apart, They can be used both indoors and outdoors, and if one light fails, the others will stay on.
No, I really don't have bats in the house, just the ornamental ones in the photo above. They appealed to me when I saw them in shops, but I'm not a crazy bat person, really! :-)
I do admit to often going outside at night, and watching for the fruit bats (Flying foxes) when the fruit is on the trees in the back garden. Often I'm lucky enough to see a few of them flying past on their way to the eucalyptus trees nearby. Sometimes I even hear them calling. A crowd of bats roosting can be quite noisy.
This silhouette will make your window a little scary, but isn't that what you want at this time of year? :-)
More House Bats
The print shown above was given to me by someone who knows I am fond of bats. It's in black and white, and is a perfect way to show Halloween bats. I'm afraid I can't remember the name of the artist.
Do You Like Bats?
The German word for bat is "Fledermaus", literally, flying mouse. Some of the very small bats do really look like mice, as you can see in the image above. I'd rather have bats around the house than mice!
Bats and People
Unfortunately, bats and people don't always get on well. These animals have a bad reputation, and can possibly carry diseases. If you find an injured bat in your area, it is best to call a local wildlife carer or rescuer rather than trying to help the animal yourself. They may bite you through fear, which can result in a nasty injury.
One of the threats which bats face is very thin wire or nylon netting, which many gardeners use to protect their fruit crops. Although bats use sonar, they cannot detect the thinnest strands of this netting, and many of them are trapped and killed by it. If you want to protect your fruit from birds and bats, the thicker type of netting is best, and white is easier to see than the black variety.
Hopefully, we are becoming more caring for our wildlife, as their habitat is diminished by us, and if we can see these animals in our towns and gardens in the future, it will be great.