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Symbols of Halloween

Updated on September 21, 2019
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Halloween is just a bit of modern fun, imported from USA, and that's how I see it when I write my ghostly pages with horror photos & poems

A Fearsome Black Cat Terrorising His Neighbour on Halloween

Bad Cat - His Witchy Owner Ought To Keep Him Under Control.
Bad Cat - His Witchy Owner Ought To Keep Him Under Control. | Source

What Creepy Symbols Do We Associate With Halloween?

Well, I can think of a few things we traditionally associate with Halloween:

- Witches and Broomsticks

- Ghosts and Ghouls ( is there a difference between them?)

- Pumpkins

- Bats

and last but not least:

-The Wtches' Familiar or Associate - the Black Cat.

Of course we could add skeletons, Vampires and Zombies but we musn't be greedy, so that's enough for now.

Below are some appealing pictures of witches with and without pumpkins and cats, some ghosts, some creepy artwork, and definitely an atmosphere of Halloween mystery and general ghostliness.

Do not be embarrassed if you feel the need to scream out loud or clutch the person nearest to you

- I'll understand.....and he or she might quite like it -

In fact a little supportive cuddle might make for quite an enjoyable end to the evening

Creepy Pix - OK! But Scary Films - No Way!

It's strange, I like creepy pictures, weird ornaments and things like deaths head skull jewellery, and also ghostly stories of the Edgar Allan Poe genre, all steeped in symbolism.

But I'm not so keen on horror movies as I find them too scary. When I was younger horror films gave me sort of waking nightmares. They don't any more, because I just don't watch them.

A Halloween Bat

Lots of people are scared of bats - me included

They fly around in the dark and are quite likely to bash into your face when you are least expecting it. I'm not sure whether they would bite you if they got the chance, but, to my fertile mind they are, effectively, flying rats and definitely not one of my favorite animals, although their ability to see in the dark is impressive. Actually, they are not exactly "seeing". It's called echolocation, which means that they hear their way about rather than seeing, using an echo system.

Here's a little experiment:

When I was a child, I used to practice walking along a long passageway in our house with my eyes shut, and, sure enough, when you are concentrating on your other senses rather than your eyesight, you can actually hear when you come to a doorway. It just sounds different. As you pass the open space, you get a sort of whoosh of sound. Try it for yourself when the place is quiet - it's quite surprising.

So really, at the age of 10. I was practicing echolocation without even knowing.

A Bat - Townsend's Big-Eared Bat


A Nasty Old Witch

She looks a bit like me actually

If you hear a cackle and look up quickly, you might see a witch on her broomstick flying through the sky.

But t's no laughing matter if she falls off, or drops on your head.

She might even cast a spell on you. I wonder if witches are put off by garlic and the sign of the cross, like Dracula and his vampires?

Witch on a Broomstick


The Witch's Familiar - a Black Cat

I think it might be vicious

Hallo little pussy cat - are you going to snarl and scratch me?

And stop staring into my eyes like that - you won't mesmerize me.

Also I happen to know that if I rattle a box of catfood, you'll forsake your horrid old witch and come scrounging round my ankles, looking for a nice meal!

That's what cats are like, you know.


Halloween Cat


Witch's Cat


Halloween Pumpkin Twins - Happy and Grumpy

Two lovely big, fat, round pumpkins
Two lovely big, fat, round pumpkins | Source

Here's a Popular English Pumpkin Poem

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

Had a wife and couldn't keep her,

Put her in a pumpkin shell

And there he kept her very well

Some Big Scary Ghosts--Boooo


Wooooooo Wooooo! Go the Big Scary Ghosts

You would be very scared indeed if these fearsome ghosts crept up on you in the middle of the night, wouldn't you?

But there would be nobody to rescue you, and you would have to entertain your companions until first light of dawn, whereupon they would vanish into the ether, hopefully.

Of course it could just be a figment of your imagination after you were celebrating a bit too vigorously with alcohol or halucinogenic substances.

An Isolated House on Halloween

L'Empire des Lumieres - Rene Magritte
L'Empire des Lumieres - Rene Magritte | Source

Take The Poll Below - Are you Superstitious?

Do you believe in the spirits of Halloween?

What do you think when you see an isolated house like this? Does it make your flesh crawl, or are you a brave little soldier?

Are You a Believer in the Supernatural?

See results

Just to Wind up this Web Page, Here's a bit of Fun

You Can Get this Fire-Breathing Monster Design on a Mug or T-Shirt on Zazzle:

Fire-Breathing Aztec Mug - Titled "Hot Stuff" by Gloriousconfusion


Halloween Costumes on YouTube

© 2010 Diana Grant

Leave a Comment Here - Just say you've called, in fact say anything, really - What's on your mind?

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    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      2 months ago from United Kingdom

      I took photos of the little ghost ornaments in a supermarket, and then Photoshopped them by blotting out their surroundings which were a bit messy!

    • RoadMonkey profile image


      2 months ago

      I would love to know how you made (or whether you bought) the scary ghosts: they're lovely. I quite like bats but it's true, they are flying rodents, related to rats and mice.

    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I never get tired of reading these Squid Boo lenses. Halloween is a fun time, for sure! Nice work.

    • Justillin profile image

      Jill Hart 

      6 years ago from Weston, Idaho

      scary indeed :)

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      There needs to be a "yes" - year-round option on the poll ;)

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Fun collection. The flaming skull is really creepy.

    • maryLuu profile image


      7 years ago

      Very nice lens!

    • Country-Sunshine profile image

      Country Sunshine 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Fun Halloween article!

    • sousababy profile image


      8 years ago

      This is a great lens to refer to when decorating for Halloween. Thanks for sharing. Stay well, Rose

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      @capriliz lm: Me too!

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      @BuckHawkcenter: Amazingly, someone had thrown it into a rubbish skip in Fulham, Central London, so my partner fished it out, cleaned it up, and gave it to me as a present because he knew I like all sorts of masks and figurines. I've got it hanging up in my hall, together with the metal plate picture of a cat called "chat noir" in the introduction to my lens Quiz on Cats and Halloween - take a look

    • myneverboredhands profile image


      9 years ago

      Interesting lens. Thanks for sharing it.

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      9 years ago

      You chose my favorite symbols. But where did you get this creepy guy that says Speak? That's the spookiest I've ever seen.

    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 

      9 years ago

      I love the black cat in your introduction.

    • desilegend profile image


      9 years ago

      Lovely lens!

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great symbols of Halloween.

    • norma-holt profile image


      9 years ago

      Another great lens. It is now featured on my lens - Witches

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      Great lens! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!


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