Black cats and Halloween have a close links together for centuries. Black cats indicate bad luck, while some say they indicate good luck. There are few sources to explain this, but there are a few anecdotes and superstitions seem to have connections with them.
Cats have been kept on ships to avoid pest control. It was said that if they crossed a sailor’s path at the pier, it would indicate a bad voyage; if they went overboard, it indicated storms during voyage and bad luck.
It is said that King Charles I had a black cat, which died just on the day when he was apparently arrested. It remains unknown whether the cat had recently crossed the king’s path, but cat is said to walk under a ladder.
There are urban legends would make you believe that all cats especially black ones are in danger of being the victims of satanic or ritualistic practices during Halloween, despite searching the internet seems to only find anecdotal evidence.
So far there has been no connection between the festival and the black cat from documentation demonstrating the beliefs or practices.
The first connection between black cats and the negative side of life seems to come from a church edict which dates back to the middle ages, which indicates that black cats are the ‘friends of the devil’. The idea was known to all through the Middle Ages until the present day.
Halloween is not the only to be related to black cats. The Mill Hotel, which just locates on the other side of Sudbury, has a lot of local infamous cat legend.
One part I am sure that it’s true is that they have a mummified cat on the premises, which was discovered years ago during the renovation period.
The legend claims that if the cat is ever removed, it indicates a terrible disaster would take place. It is said that in the 1970’s it was removed then immediately suffered a devastating fire.