How Did the Bat Get Associated With Halloween?
Posted on October 31, 2012
The bat has always been a creepy, dark creature associated with Halloween. But how did it get this way?
In the ancient origins of Halloween, people gathered around bonfires to ward off evil spirits. Small bugs and moths were attracted to the bright light of the fire and, in turn, attracted bats. People saw the dark shadows of the bats flickering in the light and they became a feature of Halloween.
This was then strengthened in the 17th century when the Vampire Bat was discovered. Stories of bats drinking blood circulated in Europe and now there was proof with the presence of these bats. A dark creature that drank blood was a perfect association with Halloween.
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