The origin behind why bats are synonymous with Halloween is probably the easiest to pin down. Look no farther than Transylvania itself and the famous Prince of Darkness. That’s right, we are talking about Dracula. It doesn’t take much to connect Dracula and vampires to vampire bats, who let’s face it, make their living the same way...by sucking blood! Of course vampire bats are feeding on sleeping cows and horses and don’t actually take enough blood to harm the animal. They are not out prowling at night specifically for human necks to attack (even though they have been known to bite people), but the association has stuck. Vampires, vampire bats, bats and Halloween...they all go hand-in-hand!
What about mysterious black cats, who are already around 365 days of the year but seem to have the utmost importance on this one day? Why are they so iconic during Halloween? Well, you can trace these origins straight back to the Puritans. The Puritans of New England led a very strict lifestyle to say the least and rejected everything related to devil worship and witchcraft. So guess which animal is most commonly linked to witches? That’s right, the infamous black cat. Legend goes that the Devil would gift black cats to witches to act as their servants and that witches could also transform into cats and back. And of course the spirit of Halloween revolves around mysticism, darkness, and magic, so making the connection between Halloween, witches, and black cats is all so easy!
Finally we move on to the spider. Spiders are creepy enough on any day of the year with their erratic movements and all around crawliness. Myth and superstition surrounding spiders go back a long way when spiders were considered storytellers, oracles and spinners of fate. It is sometimes even thought that killing a spider brings on extremely bad luck. But what’s the connection to Halloween? The easy answer is witches. Once spiders were connected to witchcraft, it seems they took on all dark and ominous associations. However, the real origin goes back to medieval times when people believed that a spider spotted on All Hallow’s Eve meant a passed away loved one was back watching you. Not so creepy anymore, eh?