Halloween Symbols – What do They Mean?

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We associate Halloween with different symbols such as skulls, witches and bats. What do these symbols mean and why are they so popular during the Halloween season? Read on to find out.

image via The Halloween Kid
Credits: vandal, crazyj & soph

Bat
Bats are nocturnal creatures that are typically associated with Halloween. In the movies, we also see some bats transform into vampires. Of course, this doesn’t happen in real life. However, there is a type of bat known as the vampire bat, which is the only mamal known to feed on blood. According to superstitous beliefs, death is on its way when a bat circles a house 3 times.

Credits: goldie, valennano & kiteflyin

Jack-O-Lantern
The Jack-O-Lantern is another common symbol we see during Halloween. Pumpkin carving has been a tradition for many years. The vibrant orange symbolizes life and positive change. The Jack-O-Lantern got its name from an Irish legend. A drunk man named Jack always played tricks on everyone. On one instance, he played a trick on the devil and the devil placed a curse on him. When Jack died, he was not allowed to enter heaven because he was a mean person. He wasn’t able to enter hell, too since the devil wouldn’t let him. The devil game him a burning ember, which he then placed inside a hollow turnip. From then on, he was known as Jack-O-Lantern.

Credits: lomofever, katzpe & jillpossible

Witch
From way back, witches have always been known as supernatural beings. This is the perfect symbol for Halloween since unseen energies are said to be the strongest during this season. Witches are also called when there are messages from unseen forces that need to be interpreted.

Credits: kiteflyin & petunia

Black Cat
Most people associate black cats with bad luck. However, in some parts of the world, black cats are considered good luck. The color black also means mystery, and in this case, magic!

Credits: planetape2001, chikapop & thegroundabove

Skull
The skull serves as a reminder that life is not eternal, and after death, we shall all return back to the earth. It also symbolizes death and danger.

You may want to decorate your home a different way after knowing what these symbols mean. Happy Halloween!

written by jeanmendoza on 2011-10-31 in #lifestyle

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  1. emperornorton
    emperornorton ·

    Here in the Southwest United States we observe (alongside Mexico) a holiday known as the Day of the Dead. It used to be celebrated by the Aztecs in August, but when Christian missionaries arrived, they shifted the observance to November 2 -- which is All Soul's Day. There are elaborate celebrations in many cities. One to check out is at Olvera Street in Los Angeles when hundreds of people arrive dressed as Death.

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