From Cobweb to Casper: 101 best Halloween cat names & their meanings

From Cobweb to Casper: 101 best Halloween cat names & their meanings - Black cat with pumpkins

It’s that time of year again. That harvest time of spooks and ghouls, ghosts and spirits; that time when the dead cross over into the land of the living and the living can encounter the otherworld—and remain there forever at the will of the fairy-folk.

In other words, it’s a great time to pick up a cat. A black one, preferably. But any color will do. And we’re here to help you name your little familiar.

Table of contents:

  • Halloween-themed cat names
  • Spooky pop culture names
  • Monster names for cats
  • Witch names for cats
  • Halloween candy-inspired cat names
  • Halloween cat names for boys
  • Halloween cat names for girls
  • Names for black cats
  • Names for orange cats

Halloween-themed cat names

  • Cobweb. C’mon, spiders are just plain creepy. Also, the cat from Hocus Pocus 2 (2022).
  • Jack. Like Jack-o’-Lantern, of course!
  • Will. From will-o’-the-wisp, a ghostly light that appears after dark over bogs and fens.
  • Boo. Did we scare you?
  • Devil. A bit extreme, but it also suggests dark, delicious devil’s food cake.
  • Eve. As in All Hallows’ Eve, the day before All Saints’ Day, shortened to Halloween.
  • Tricky. Cats are a treat, but they seem to enjoy a prank every now and then.
  • Samhain. Pronounced “SAH-when.” This was the pagan Celtic festival marking the end of harvest season.
  • Octo. As in October. The spookiest of months.
  • Strange. Because Halloween is a strange, spirit-informed time of year.
  • Boston. A city whose Halloween traditions are aptly summed up in the name Devil’s Night.

Spooky pop culture names

  • Thackery Binx. The cat-protagonist from the original Hocus Pocus (1993) film.
  • Casper. The friendly ghost!
  • Houdini. As in Harry, the famous escape artist and debunker of spiritualism.
  • Wednesday. The Addams Family’s creepy-cool girl child.
  • Nosferatu. The name of one of the original — and best — vampire films (1922).
  • Blackbeard. Describes a black cat via the name of the notorious pirate.
  • Carrie. The titular character of Brian DePalma’s revenge-film fright fest (1972). Remember all that blood?
  • Damien. The evil child in The Omen (1976).
  • Darth Vader. If he’s a black cat. That can strangle people with his mind.
  • Freddie. As in Krueger.
  • Hannibal. As in Lector.
  • Ichabod. The protagonist of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
  • Edgar. As in Edgar Allen Poe, American literature’s Frightmaster General.
  • Salem. The cat from Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Also, the site of America’s most notorious witch trial.

Monster names for cats

  • Lon Chaney. The silent-era “Man of a thousand faces” known for playing monsters and the misunderstood.
  • Bela. As in Lugosi, one of the earliest, and best, film Draculas (1931).
  • Frank. This is short for Frankenstein, of course — the doctor who went where science never should’ve gone!
  • Ula. Short for Dracula!
  • Black Philip. The goat from “The Witch” (2015), a more recent horror film. Philip, or even just Phil, would do, too.
  • Baphomet. The medieval occult deity.
  • Gremlin. Weren’t gremlins cute — before midnight?
  • Pennywise. Stephen King’s It monster. Penny is a great nickname for a female cat.
  • Beetlejuice. Michael Keaton’s handsomest role (1988).
  • Ghoulardi. The horror-TV host from the ‘60s. His updated doppelganger, Svengoolie, works too.
  • Bigfoot. Nice and ironic for a little kitty.

Witch names for cats

  • Lilith. A spurned woman who represents primordial evil. Spooky!
  • Sycorax. Evil witch and mother of Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
  • Sybil. Ancient, ecstatic future-seer of Greek mythology.
  • Flibbertigibbet. A demon mentioned in Shakespeare’s King Lear — one of many.
  • Alice. As in Kyteler, the first recorded person accused of witchcraft in Ireland. As well as, for rock fans, Cooper, whose stage name was inspired by this real woman.
  • Bavmorda. The witch from Willow (1988).
  • Marnie. Halloweentown (1998) witch.
  • Endora. From the old television show Bewitched.
  • Sabrina. As in the teenage witch, from Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
  • Minerva. A professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  • Maleficent. The main antagonist in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (1959).
  • Elphaba. Green-skinned witch from the Wicked book and play.
  • Hermione. The brightest witch of her age and best friend to Harry Potter.
  • Rowena. As in Ravenclaw — another Harry Potter witch.
  • Magic. As in black magic, or other forms.

Halloween candy-inspired names

  • Chocolate. For a white, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate-colored kitty.
  • Licorice. The black, not the red, please.
  • Hershey. Like the chocolate company.
  • York. If you like your chocolate on the fresh side.
  • Candy Corn. A candy no one likes may make a great name for a cat everyone will love.
  • Lemonhead. Perfect for a cat with an occasional sour attitude.
  • Snickers. Perhaps an apt description of your furry pal: Sweet and nutty.
  • Reese. Makers of timeless favorites. Be they cups or pieces.
  • Brains. For the well-fed zombie cat!

Halloween cat names for boys

  • Poor Tom. An archetypal beggar in Renaissance literature. Note the pun on tomcat.
  • Rasputin. Creepy, old Russian mystic.
  • John Dee. Queen Elizabeth I’s court magician and famous alchemist.
  • Macbeth. Shakespeare’s witchiest play. The Weird Sisters still have a chilling power.
  • Merlin. The wizard of the Arthuriad.
  • Gandalf. The wizard of Tolkien’s novels.
  • Ganondorf. The wizard of the Legend of Zelda video game.
  • Prospero. The magician of The Tempest.
  • Faust. A notoriously bad deal maker from German legend.
  • Eddie. As in Munster.
  • Pugsley. The taciturn lad of The Addams Family franchise.
  • Hermes. The pagan philosopher who provided the basis for Renaissance occultism.

Halloween cat names for girls

  • Madame Zita. That coin-operated fortune teller popular at carnivals — at least in movies.
  • Blair. As in The Blair Witch Project (1999).
  • Deuce. Phonetically drawn from Medusa, the mythological Greek monster.
  • Audrey 2. The plant from Little Shop of Horrors (1986). There doesn’t need to be an Audrey 1.
  • Eartha. As in Kitt, the first black Catwoman in the Batman franchise.
  • Julie. As in Newmar, another early Catwoman.
  • Minx. Great for a sly kitty.
  • Margaret. After Margaret Hamilton, who portrayed the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
  • Toto. The dog in The Wizard of Oz — just checking to see if you’re paying attention.

Names for Black Cats

  • Blacula. From the 1972 film adaptation of the Dracula legend.
  • Midnight. Well it’s dark, isn’t it?
  • Shadow. These mostly come in black.
  • Umbra. Latin for “shadow.”
  • Obsidian. An igneous rock that’s black. It comes out of volcanoes.
  • Onyx. A banded black rock.
  • Inkspot. Ink comes in all colors but black is traditional.
  • Styx. The black river of Hades.
  • Raven. A black bird favored by Poe.
  • Nimbus. The name for dark rainclouds.
  • Ebony. A prized black or dark brown hardwood.

Names for Orange Cats

  • Pumpkin. Orange and plump!
  • Maple. So autumnal, so sweet.
  • Ginger. Somewhat less sweet.
  • Copper. Like a penny.
  • Gordon. You know, from “gourd.”
  • Yams. Sweet Potato just doesn’t have the same ring.
  • Autumn. A little obvious but it works.
  • Harvest. Somewhat less obvious.
  • Rusty. Rusty stuff is orange-ish.
  • Hazel. A color and a flower. A bit witchy as well.

Whatever name you pick, make sure your new feline pal gets a vet checkup early. We’re here to help: Vetster offers telehealth vet appointments from the comfort of your own home. And be sure to check out our Halloween pet safety tips to make sure your fright night goes right!

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