At one time, cats were believed to be the familiars of witches. Shakespeare mentions one of the witches in Macbeth saying “I come, Graymalkin!” to an off stage meow.
Edgar Allen Poe wrote a short story called “The Black Cat” that played on the even then ancient superstition about black cats being bad luck and gives a cautionary tale about what can happen if you're mean to a cat.
The animated film Coraline features a cat who's more wise than evil, but manages to fit in with the story's creepy vibe. The three witches in Hocus Pocus turned a young man who tried to thwart them into a black cat. Salem of Sabrina the Teenaged Witch is a warlock being punished for attempted world domination.
The Star Trek episode “Catspaw” explores every Halloween tradition including black cats…an unusually large one. Another episode “Assignment: Earth” also featured a shape-shifting black cat, but Isis was a sweet kitty, as long as you didn't hurt her friend Gary.
So, what to name your Halloween kitty?
Naming your evil cat
Looks are a good thing to go with. An orange cat can be called Pumpkin, Applejack, Marigold or Bonfire. A black cat can be named Raven, Dracula, Licorice or Jinx. You can name your gray cat Graymalkin after the cat Shakespeare named though Wolfie and Smokey are good stand-bys.
White cats can be named Ghost, Phantom or Opal. (The birthstone for October.) You could also try a variation on an old divination trick. Take an apple and pare the skin off in one long, continuous strip. Throw the apple peel over your shoulder. Use the shape the strip takes on landing (usually a letter) to give you a hint of what your cat's name should be.
A cat born in October is either a Libra or a Scorpio. A Libra kitten might be just old enough to leave her mother around Halloween. She would always have a hard time making up her mind, never knowing if she wants to be in, out, up or down. But she would be very friendly and charming, though easily distracted by shiny objects. Good names for a Libra cat are Atalanta, Venus and Buddy.
A cat born on or very near Halloween is a Scorpio. A Scorpio kitty is inscrutable, investigative and reacts violently to any invasion of their territory. No wonder the symbol for Halloween is a black cat with an arched back! A Scorpio cat will always find a way to get what he wants. Good names for a Scorpio cat are Sting, Midnight and Pluto. Read on for more suggestions!
Spooky Halloween Cat Names
Maybe you just want a name that has an air of spookiness to it. Boo makes a cute Halloween themed name, but you can also name a cat Who as in “I am the Who when you call ‘Who's there?'” from the song “This is Halloween”. Get creative with names like Whisper, Eerie and Velvet.
Mask is a good Halloween name for a mysterious cat with markings around his eyes. Maybe since fortune telling games are often played on Halloween you could name your cat after something used in divination like Crystal, Tarot or Ouija. Read on for more cat names!
- Darth Vader
- Hocus Pocus
Halloween Cat Names From Characters
The old Universal Studios monsters, Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein, et al., are good namesakes. The slasher pics of the 80's and 90's give us Freddy, Jason, Michael and Chuckie.
There's Churchill the zombie cat from Pet Sematary. You could name him Beetlejuice and say his name three times. There are the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus; Winifred, Sarah and Mary.
You can name your cat after a character from a creepypasta like Jeff (the Killer), Rake, Ben Drowned and if you want to get creative, Slender Cat. Here's some more!
- Jet black
- Edgar or Poe
- Michael Myers
Candy Halloween Names
Well, Halloween has become less about frightening things and more about the candy. Your can name your cat after your favorite kind of candy bar. Gum Drop and Jelly Bean make cute names for sweet little kitties.
You should also check out this list of the black cat names too!
If your cat's coat reminds you of a candy, you can name her after it. Smores makes a good name for a tortie. Things that go into making candy like Sugar and Cinnamon make sweet names. Here's a list of good suggestions.
- Pumpkin Pie
- Junior Mint
- Sugar Baby
- Kit Kat
- Mike & Ike
Classic Halloween Cat Names
There's always Jack, whether after O'Lantern, Skellington, Torrance or the Ripper. Any of a dozen names referring to the devil will also do.
- Prince of darkness
Halloween cat names offer a spooktacular and fun way to celebrate the magic and mystery of the season while paying homage to our furry friends. These names can be inspired by witches, ghosts, monsters, or any other iconic elements of Halloween, adding a playful and bewitching twist to your cat's identity.
Whether your feline companion is a trickster or a treat-seeker, these names provide a unique opportunity to embrace the spirit of the holiday year-round. So, when choosing a Halloween-themed name for your cat, consider the countless creative possibilities and let your imagination run wild, ensuring that your cat's name becomes a bewitching part of your shared adventures. Happy haunting!
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