Cats, especially black cats, have long been associated with Halloween due to their historical connections with superstition, folklore, and mysticism.
Church documents originating during the Middle Ages linked cats to witchcraft and the supernatural, as they were thought to be the companions or familiars of witches, often said to assist them in their magical endeavors.
These associations have permeated popular culture, and as a result, black cats have become a symbol of Halloween, representing the mysterious and otherworldly aspects of this spooky holiday.
These vintage and public domain Halloween postcards feature black cats.
Postcard entitled, “A Thrilling Hallowe’en.”
Three black cats flying through the air with Jack-o-lanterns, 1910.
Hallowe’en Pleasures postcard
Hallowe’en Pleasures. Bobbing, bobbing everywhere. Apples in a Tub, 1911
Postcard of a witch riding a broomstick being pulled by a jack-o-lantern with a black cat
1908 Halloween Postcard
This postcard from 1908 features two pumpkins about to kiss while a frightened looking black cat sits below three flying bats. The grandfather clock is striking midnight and the text box in the middle of the postcard features a handwritten “I send you a kiss”.