Symbols of Halloween
A Fearsome Black Cat Terrorising His Neighbour on Halloween
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?)
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 New York Cat and Pumpkin
Halloween Pumpkin Twins - Happy and Grumpy
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
A Big Scary Ghost - Boooo
Wooooooo Wooooo! Goes the Big Scary Ghost
You would be very scared indeed if this fearsome ghost 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 companion until first light of dawn, whereupon he would vanish into the ether.
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
Take The Poll Below - Are you Superstitious? - See how you match up against other pollsters
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?
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
Here Are Some More Halloween Pages:
- Cats and Halloween
Lots of gorgeous cats, a bit about the history of cats, how they became domesticated, halloween & superstition around black cats as witches' familiars, posters, photos, books and a poll
- My Weird Collection for Halloween
This is a collection of #weird things around my home, and a few other things to look at - My personal collection of oddities, including masks, anthropological artefacts and art
- Skulls and Hearts - Gothic Halloween
A fun page with Gothic Halloween, skulls and hearts, a Poll, posters,T-shirts and other products
- Halloween Creepy Poems and Pictures
Some of my dark poetry and some fabulous art: just right for Halloween
© 2010 Diana Grant