Happy Halloween everyone! Here’s a special blog that I hope is a treat for you. Whether or not we actively think about it, animals are a big part of Halloween. From decorations to entertainment, our Top 5 Halloween animals have worked their way into our hearts and homes.
And now, Jeffers presents our Top 5 Halloween Animals!
Origin: While an exact time cannot be pinpointed, Frogs and Toads have long been associated with witches.
Famous Frogs and Toads: Trevor, Neville Longbottom’s toad in the Harry Potter series, Kermit the Frog
Fun Fact: The “Double, double toil and trouble” spell from Shakespeare’s Macbeth includes toad as an ingredient.
4. Werewolves/ Wolves
Origin: Werewolves, or lycanthropes, have always been viewed as supernatural creatures. However, their popularity didn’t see a boost until the late 1970s. Thanks largely in part to the entertainment industry, Werewolves have become a staple of films and music videos. Wolves, by association, also became part of Halloween lore.
Famous Examples: Remus Lupin from Harry Potter, Jacob Black from Twilight
Fun Fact: John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London was a major source of inspiration for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.
Origin: Ancient Rome. While owls’ association didn’t come until later on, Romans believed that owls were “messengers for sorcerers and witches.”
Famous Examples: Hedwig, Owl from Winnie the Pooh, Mr. Owl (from Tootsie Roll commercials)
Fun Fact: Lucille Ball, of I Love Lucy fame, developed a fear of birds (ornithophobia) after a bird flew into her house the day her father passed away.
Origin: Ancient Egypt. A black cat is noted as being the familiar of the Egyptian Goddess, Bastet.
Famous Examples: Salem Saberhagen from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Binx from Disney’s Hocus Pocus
Fun Fact: Many cultures view black cats as good luck.
Origin: While the date is unknown, the legend of vampire bats began in South America. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) gave bats their boost to iconic Halloween animal.
Famous Bats: Dracula, Stellaluna, Bartok
Fun Fact: Despite what horror movies will have you believe, only 3% of bats exclusively feed on blood alone. Most bats feed on fruit or insects.
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