Black Cats: Trick or Treat

Either way, the bad luck “bad rap” pinned on black cats just didn’t seem fair, so we asked you what you thought. From history, to luck, to the real dangers of today, here are your ideas on the spooky story of the sleekest Halloween symbol of all.

• "In ancient Egypt, black cats were thought to be sacred and, like kings, were mummified upon death. In the Middle Ages, however, European people thought cats were servants of the Devil, and something that witches could turn themselves into." --merry1969

• "I know that the Church used to control every aspect of the Puritans' lives, including witch hunts. Somewhat nocturnal and secretive, cats were really given a bad rap. In that time and culture, the color black was associated with all things evil. Single women and widows often had cats, but those with black cats were labeled 'witches' for the crime of associating with these demons. If that's not bad luck, I don't know what is!" --Sue

Even with these stories steeped in doom, black cats weren’t always considered bad luck.

• "People still think that black cats have special powers. Some believe that if a black cat crosses their path, it will bring a day's bad luck -- but people in England keep them for good luck." --merry1969

Today superstitions are more fun than fact, but there are still some very real dangers for black cats on Halloween.

• "The Pennsylvania ASPCA has just issued a policy banning all black cat adoptions until after the Halloween holiday. Apparently Satanist cults are looking for black cats to sacrifice in Halloween or Walpurgestnacht ceremonies. If you are the owner of a black cat, please keep her inside until after November 1." --Danell004

• "We always make sure that all six of our cats are inside and safe on Halloween. I have one very big and loving black male named Panther. The only bad luck has been his own. He was injured badly this summer when he was either hit by a car, or attacked by some teenagers in town. We certainly keep an eye on him now." --Momoflrj

• "What the heck is going on in this country? Animal sacrifice? I work for a local health agency in New Jersey, so I know that these sacrifices do take place all over -- even in a small town like mine. Keep all cats indoors ALL the time, and especially Halloween. This holiday began with the Druids as a time to honor the dead, not to create more of them. Satanism and live sacrifice have absolutely nothing to do with Halloween. They are two completely separate things. Let's find the real 'animals' and lock them up!" --susanhs1963

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