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Symbols of Halloween

Halloween is just a bit of modern fun, imported from USA, and that's how I see it when I write my ghostly pages with horror photos & poems

Halloween Will Soon Be Upon Us--Here's What to Expect

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.

A Fearsome Black Cat Terrorising His Neighbour on Halloween--Bad Cat--His Witchy Owner Ought To Keep Him Under Control.

A Fearsome Black Cat Terrorising His Neighbour on Halloween--Bad Cat--His Witchy Owner Ought To Keep Him Under Control.

What Creepy Symbols Are Usually Connected to Halloween?

Here's my own list of a few creepy things we traditionally associate with Halloween, the night of horror:

  • Witches and broomsticks
  • Ghosts and ghouls ( is there a difference between them?)
  • Pumpkins
  • Bats

and last but not least:

  • The witches' 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.

What About Creepy Pix? OK! But Scary Films--No Way!

It's strange, I like creepy pictures, weird ornaments and things like death's head skull jewellery, and also ghostly stories of the Edgar Allan Poe genre, all steeped in symbolism.

But what I'm not so keen on is 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 Bat

Townsend's Big-Eared Bat

Townsend's Big-Eared Bat

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 related to bat echolocation:

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 Nasty Old Witch

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And Below is a Witch on a Broomstick

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?

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 Cat

And Yet Another Witch's Cat--This One Is Sllightly More Menacing

Halloween Pumpkin Twins - Happy and Grumpy

Two lovely big, fat, round pumpkins

Two lovely big, fat, round pumpkins

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.


Ghosts

Some Big Scary Ghosts--Boooo

Some Big Scary Ghosts--Boooo

Wooooooo Wooooo! Go the Big Scary Ghosts

You would be very scared indeed if these fearsome ghosts 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 companions until first light of dawn, whereupon they would vanish into the ether, hopefully.

Of course it could just be a figment of your imagination after you were celebrating a bit too vigorously with alcohol or halucinogenic substances.

And Finally an Isolated House on Halloween

L'Empire des Lumieres - Rene Magritte

L'Empire des Lumieres - Rene Magritte

Take The Poll Below - Are You Superstitious?

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?

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© 2010 Diana Grant

Leave a Comment Here - Just Say You've Called, in Fact Say Anything, Really--What's on Your Mind?

RoadMonkey on September 26, 2020:

That was a great picture of the ghost ornaments. Thanks for letting me know how you got it.

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on September 30, 2019:

I took photos of the little ghost ornaments in a supermarket, and then Photoshopped them by blotting out their surroundings which were a bit messy!

RoadMonkey on September 21, 2019:

I would love to know how you made (or whether you bought) the scary ghosts: they're lovely. I quite like bats but it's true, they are flying rodents, related to rats and mice.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on March 23, 2014:

I never get tired of reading these Squid Boo lenses. Halloween is a fun time, for sure! Nice work.

Jill Hart from Weston, Idaho on October 30, 2013:

scary indeed :)

Angela F from Seattle, WA on October 30, 2013:

There needs to be a "yes" - year-round option on the poll ;)

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on September 21, 2013:

Fun collection. The flaming skull is really creepy.

maryLuu on September 27, 2012:

Very nice lens!

Country Sunshine from Texas on August 25, 2012:

Fun Halloween article!

sousababy on September 07, 2011:

This is a great lens to refer to when decorating for Halloween. Thanks for sharing. Stay well, Rose

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on October 15, 2010:

@capriliz lm: Me too!

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on October 15, 2010:

@BuckHawkcenter: Amazingly, someone had thrown it into a rubbish skip in Fulham, Central London, so my partner fished it out, cleaned it up, and gave it to me as a present because he knew I like all sorts of masks and figurines. I've got it hanging up in my hall, together with the metal plate picture of a cat called "chat noir" in the introduction to my lens Quiz on Cats and Halloween - take a look

myneverboredhands on October 15, 2010:

Interesting lens. Thanks for sharing it.

BuckHawkcenter on October 15, 2010:

You chose my favorite symbols. But where did you get this creepy guy that says Speak? That's the spookiest I've ever seen.

capriliz lm on October 15, 2010:

I love the black cat in your introduction.

desilegend on October 15, 2010:

Lovely lens!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on October 12, 2010:

Great symbols of Halloween.

norma-holt on October 12, 2010:

Another great lens. It is now featured on my lens - Witches

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on October 12, 2010:

Great lens! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!