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Spooky Halloween Mugs

Updated on July 18, 2016

A Spooky Mug is a Great Way to Decorate

Halloween is the spookiest time of year. It is one of the most fun holidays because it gives us the opportunity to dress up as anything we want. With Halloween comes a myriad of fun and scary decorations. Among those decorations is the chance to collect a few spooky Halloween mugs. They're perfect to spice up any hot drink you indulge in, or to display around your house for an extra Halloween feel. You can also easily bring them out at other times of the year to add a bit of spooky Halloween fun.

If you collect mugs, a spooky Halloween mug is an absolute must for your collection. There's lots to choose from, ranging from cute or funny to downright creepy. You might want a cute black cat, a traditional jack-o-lantern, or a scary zombie. Whatever your taste, there's sure to be a spooky Halloween mug for you on this page. Browse through my collection and be sure to check out the fun Halloween trivia along the way to learn more about this festive holiday.

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Spooky Halloween Mug Collections

If you're looking to get a whole set of spooky Halloween mugs, try these scary collections. They're great for when you have people over of if your whole family gathers for some hot chocolate and a horror movie. They also let you switch things up so you aren't always using the same mug every time.

Set of 4 Halloween Coffee Mugs/cups includes Witch, Cat, Owl and Pumpkin
Set of 4 Halloween Coffee Mugs/cups includes Witch, Cat, Owl and Pumpkin

Celebrating four of the major themes of Halloween, this mug set is great for a family. Everyone can have their own mug, or you can mix and match.

Set of 3 Boo-tiful Halloween/Autumn 15 oz Coffee Mugs with Stripes and Polka Dots
Set of 3 Boo-tiful Halloween/Autumn 15 oz Coffee Mugs with Stripes and Polka Dots

This Halloween mug set is great for anyone. Because it has the orange and black color scheme without pictures, you can use them any time of the year but they're extra good for October.


Black Cat Mugs

We all know that black cats aren't really bad luck, but they're still a fun Halloween tradition, at least in decoration form. They range from spooky to cute, depending on your tastes. Just remember, real black cats are friendly and should be treated with respect, just like any other cat. But, as far as Halloween decorations go, indulge in some black cat traditions!

3dRose Edmond Hogge Jr Halloween - Black Cats of the Night - 11oz Mug (mug_34551_1)
3dRose Edmond Hogge Jr Halloween - Black Cats of the Night - 11oz Mug (mug_34551_1)

The black cats against a full moon backdrop are the perfect mix of spooky and cute.

3dRose Lucky Black Cat Travel Mug, 14-Ounce
3dRose Lucky Black Cat Travel Mug, 14-Ounce

I love this cute black cat travel mug. It's a rule that with any cartoon animal, if you make the eyes huge, it's automatically cute, and this black cat is no exception. Show off your love of black cats all of October, and the rest of the year, too.


Black Cat Myths and Superstitions

One of the most known superstitions is that it is bad luck to have a black cat cross your path. Highly superstitious people will avoid black cats like the plague. This stems from the idea that black cats are witches' familiars. Actually, the fear of cats in the middle ages helped to spread the plague. The plague was spread by rats, and since cats hunted the rats, the disease spread more easily when there weren't as many cats around.

Black cat lore dates back thousands of years. In Greek mythology, it was said that a woman was turned into a cat and afterwards, was a priestess of Hecate, who was associated with witchcraft. Some people associate any cat with witchcraft, not just black cats.

There are some cultures that actually believe the opposite: that black cats bring good luck. In particular, in Scotland, if a black cat arrives at the house, prosperity is supposed to follow. In England, black cats bring good luck, especially as a wedding present.

Many shelters refuse to adopt out black cats during October for fear they will be used in satanic rituals. This is a real fear, as such incidents have occurred. However, far more common than these extreme acts are people adopting a black cat near Halloween, then returning it to the shelter shortly after the holiday. The theory is that they want the cat as a decoration for their house. The sad part is, they don't realize how hurtful this is to the kitty, who thinks it has found a home only to be brought back to the shelter days later. It is hard for a cat to move environments, and their feelings should not be taken lightly.

Of course, black cats are simply that: cats that have black fur. There is nothing evil or ominous about them. When I was young, my aunt had two cats: a black cat, and a sandy colored cat. The sandy cat hissed and scratched while the black cat, Spooky, was a complete sweetheart. So, while it's a fun tradition in terms of Halloween mugs and decorations, don't take it too seriously. Next time you see a black cat, treat it just like any other cat.

Spooky Halloween Mugs

If you're looking for a more generic spooky Halloween mug, here's a couple of choices. Don't forget the'd hate to ruin your furniture!

mug_39338_2 Patricia Sanders Creations - Orange Bat and Full Moon- Halloween Art- Spooky Designs - Mugs - 15oz Mug
mug_39338_2 Patricia Sanders Creations - Orange Bat and Full Moon- Halloween Art- Spooky Designs - Mugs - 15oz Mug

I love bats and they're a perfect accent for the Halloween season. This bat in flight is a great spooky mug because it's not too scary for kids but not too cute, either.

3dRose cst_152295_1 Halloween Scene with Grim Reaper with Pumpkins, Candle, and Skulls on a Scary Tree with Lightening-Soft Coasters, Set of 4
3dRose cst_152295_1 Halloween Scene with Grim Reaper with Pumpkins, Candle, and Skulls on a Scary Tree with Lightening-Soft Coasters, Set of 4

Coasters are always a great thing to have to make sure you don't get water stains on your furniture. And of course, it's no good having a spooky Halloween mug but a plain, regular coaster. These spooky Halloween mugs are a fantastic accent and decoration for October.


Jack-o-lantern Mugs

Jack-o-lanterns are probably the most common Halloween tradition in North America, besides the costumes. There's so much room for creativity, they're probably the most fun out of any Halloween decorations. I love seeing all the different spooky designs people carve into the pumpkins. Here's a few jack-o'-lantern mugs that will really put more scare into your Halloween.

Halloween Coffee Mug - Spooky Jack-O-Lanterns - 15 Oz
Halloween Coffee Mug - Spooky Jack-O-Lanterns - 15 Oz

This is the spookiest jack-o'-lantern mug. They're eerily lit up with a creepy background, and the picture wraps all the way around the mug.


Jack-o'-lantern History

Jack-o’-lanterns are one of the most prominent Halloween symbols. Most houses that participate in the holiday place at least one jack-o’-lantern in the window or on the doorstep. Many houses display more than one, and some houses have many jack-o’-lanterns, sometimes with impressive and fancy designs carved into them.

In North America, pumpkins are used for jack-o’-lanterns, but when the practice began in the British Isles, turnips and beets were commonly used for the decoration. They were often used as lanterns and carried on the festival of Samhain (today’s Halloween). It is thought that they were also as protection and to represent the spirits of the night.

Autumn Mugs

Burton & Burton Large 17oz Autumn Pumpkin Shape Coffee Mug/cup
Burton & Burton Large 17oz Autumn Pumpkin Shape Coffee Mug/cup

This beautiful pumpkin and sunflower mug is perfect for the whole Autumn season. The colors will brighten your day and the creative handle might just inspire you to create something of your own.


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    • BodyHairRemoval profile image


      4 years ago

      The Jack-o-Lantern ones are awesome!

    • Stephanie36 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Canada

      @Sylvestermouse: I do the same. I use holiday mugs more often at the right time of year, but I love to use them year round.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      These are all really neat! I do love Halloween mugs. We actually enjoy the year round :)

    • DawnRae64 profile image


      4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I like the candy corn mug and candy corn too! (although, i like all kinds of candy...all the time!) :) Nice lens.

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      4 years ago

      Ghostly muds.Thanks.

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      4 years ago

      nice mugs!! n a nice lens too )

    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Love these mugs! So fun!

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      4 years ago

      My favorite way to get ready for each Holiday is to get a coffee mug related to that holiday. I already took out my Halloween mug: it's black with orange smiling Jack O'Lantern faces. It's a great idea to start a coffee mug collection and then display them as a way to decorate for the holidays!

    • Michelllle profile image


      4 years ago

      Oh I used to collect Halloween mugs with Jack O' Lantern faces- then kids happened, but anyway, I LOVE this lens and the mugs. So neat.


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