Be careful with this one—you might end up scaring your friends when all you’re really doing is calling your spooky cat.
You wouldn’t want an actual cobweb hanging around your house, but a cat named Cobweb is actually pretty cute in that dusty corner.
What’s one surefire thing associated with Halloween? Ghosts.
Basic? Maybe—but if you love Halloween, who cares? You can even give your new pet the nickname “Hal” or “Weenie”—it’s a perfect Halloween cat name either way.
Short for jack-o’-lantern, Jack is a festive choice for an orange cat.
This name would be even more purr-fect if you found your new furry friend at a pumpkin patch!
Pumpkins are sweet, round and plump—just like your new kitten will be after indulging in some cat-friendly Halloween treats.
Cut out a set of eye holes in an old bed sheet and voilà, you’ve got yourself a spooky costume—or a great new spooky cat name.
These creepy-crawlies lurk in dark corners all year round, but somehow they’re acceptable in October.
As in the magic amulet your cat brought home from your neighborhood witch’s house. Naughty kitty.
The spookiest time of the year.
This scary cat name is inspired by the electric bolts protruding from Frankenstein's monster’s neck.
What makes up a skeleton.
A spooky cat name inspired by things that go bump in the night.
Every ghostly pirate ship needs its captain.
Every good witch has a book full of charms and spells.
Much like the moon, your new kitten will go through plenty of phases.
Mystics like to use crystals to connect with Mother Earth.
Cats are really enchanting creatures, so why not name your new pet after magic wands and shooting stars?
Vampire fangs are almost as dangerous as your cat’s teeth.
Although harvest festivals typically take place in late September and early October, they pave the way for the spooky Halloween season.
You’re lucky to have your feline friend, of course. But this bad-luck curse makes a fun spooky cat name, all the same.
Because having a cat in your life is simply magical.
As in the color of blood.
Instead of writing it on a headstone, put this spooky cat name on your new cat’s collar.
This name is short for “cauldron,” a staple in any witch or wizard’s kitchen. It’s also a nod to Ron Weasley in “Harry Potter,” which is a simply bewitching book and movie series.
As in the green, gooey thing that oozes from a nearby ghost (or at least that’s what we’ve seen on TV).
Doctor Frankenstein built his monster from spare human parts, leaving his creation to be covered in—you guessed it—stitches.
Graveyards aren’t a great place for cats to hang out. Instead of letting your kitten frolic among the headstones, give them a rad new name like Stone.
Maybe your most recent tarot card reading led you to finally adopt your new furry friend.
Remember that actor Topher Grace from “That ‘70s Show”? His first name is short for “Christopher,” and this name is short for “October.”
This scary cat name wouldn’t be fitting for a pet any color other than black.
The force is strong with this “Star Wars”-inspired name, which is perfect for a male cat.
As in the vampire film “From Dusk Till Dawn.”
A Halloween cat name for an especially mischievous (dare we say, devilish) kitty.
The final flicker of light before a fire turns to ash.
We’re convinced some cats have invisible, devilish horns.
As in jet black, a quite literal Halloween name for black cats.
A seemingly innocuous cat name—until you reveal that Lucy is short for Lucifer.
Many black cat names wink to the moon, which has long been associated with magical happenings. Luna is also one of the most popular cat names around!
Some believe it’s the hour when the veil between worlds is thinnest.
Your new cat or kitten might act a bit like a misfit at times.
Meow! The Addams family matriarch is known for her signature head-to-toe, tight-as-can-be black wardrobe.
The time of day when the sky is black and spooky.
There’s nothing darker than the dark arts.
A gemstone that's often black as night.
They say playing with a Ouija board can conjure up dark, evil spirits. Best to avoid the actual game and just use it as a Halloween cat name for your black cat instead.
Ravens are all-black birds with a tendency to appear in horror movies.
Shadows cast a bit of darkness wherever they land, just like your black cat.
Just like all that smoke coming out of your cauldron while you brew your next potion.
As in the pointed tip of a witch’s hat.
Whether you're referencing the book and movie series or the dusky time of day, it's a winner.
A nod to bats (and the vampires who turn into them).
Banshees are ghosts, typically female, who come to warn of the impending death of a family member. You’ll know it’s a banshee because she’ll have a piercing scream.
In Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula was actually a noble Transylvanian count.
Doctor Frankenstein is a mouthful, so instead give your pet this shortened Halloween cat name for the man who created a monster in his lair.
Perhaps the most famous vampire ever, Dracula is what nightmares are made of.
Short for the monster Medusa, who has snakes for hair and can turn people into stone with just one look.
Short for Frankenstein, in homage to either the monster or the man who created him.
In Jewish folklore, a golem is a creature created from mud and used to do the conjurer’s bidding.
These monsters have a female head and body but large bird wings and claws.
Frankenstein’s monster wouldn’t be who he was if it weren’t for the author herself, Mary Shelley, who penned the horror classic.
The creature who haunts the Loch Ness lake in Scotland.
A scary cat name taken from the creature whose eyes are a popular cauldron ingredient amongst witches, at least according to Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”
Sirens are often associated with mermaids; however, where mermaids are sweet and approachable, you do not want to get caught listening to a siren’s song because that just might be the last thing you hear.
No, not the fizzy carbonated drink but the evil fairy.
The male version of a witch.
Are they alive? Are they dead? One thing’s for sure: They’re great inspiration for a spooky cat name.
Bobbing for apples is always a good time. Just don’t put Apple the cat in a bucket of water.
The pesky witches are up to no good with their witch’s brew.
A type of frosting you might find on Halloween cakes and cupcakes.
Let the haters hate—if you think candy corn is delicious, go ahead and name your cat after the hotly debated Halloween sweet.
In prepackaged candies or smothering an apple, caramel is one of Halloween’s most essential flavors.
If you didn’t get any chocolate in your bag, did you even go trick-or-treating? (Just don’t give any to your cat because it can be toxic to them).
Apple picking is a favorite fall pastime. Once you have a bag of freshly picked Granny Smiths, nothing screams fall like making cider.
Cinnamon is a quintessential fall season spice.
Bakers are inspired during the Halloween season to turn anything festive into a cookie. Pumpkin cookies, zombie cookies, bat cookies and beyond.
Slather frosting on nearly anything and it’ll taste 100 percent better.
Red or black, take your pick!
Much like the fluffy, pillowy confectionery, if your new cat or kitten is a snowy white color, Marshmallow is the perfect name for them.
Peanuts are so wonderfully versatile. You can’t go wrong incorporating peanuts or peanut butter into your Halloween party food. (Just don’t share it with your furry friend.)
As in soda pop, or popcorn.
Why not name your small kitten after one of the most popular bite-sized candies found in your trick-or-treat dish?
You can’t have a scary-good cupcake without some flashy sprinkles.
Halloween candy wouldn’t exist without sugar. In fact, the entire holiday basically owes its existence to sugar.
According to Norse mythology, Brunhilde is the daughter of Odin and a fierce warrior. Pronounced “broon-hilt,” it’s also a fun name to say.
She’s the greatest vampire slayer of all time.
Title character of the Stephen King horror novel about a high-school outsider with telekinetic powers.
The friendly ghost!
Fun fact: Chucky the haunted doll’s full name is Charles Lee Ray, if you’d prefer something a bit more formal.
Get in the Halloween spirit, Freddy Krueger-style.
If this name doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will. Cruella de Vil notoriously didn’t care for dogs, making her an extra-spooky cat namesake.
If your new cat has big floppy ears, it’s totally appropriate to name them after the most faithful house elf in the Wizarding World, Dobby.
It goes without saying that if you name your cat Dr. Jekyll, you’re obligated to adopt a new friend named Mr. Hyde.
As in Draco Malfoy, one of the villains in the "Harry Potter" series.
Don’t get lost in the Upside Down searching for a new cat name. Be inspired by “Stranger Things’” leading lady Eleven.
The famous Mistress of the Dark.
As in Gomez Addams, father of the kooky, spooky family.
Because just like Hermione Granger from the “Harry Potter” series, your new cat truly is the brightest witch her age.
After the serial killer at the center of "The Silence of the Lambs."
Supermodel and TV personality Heidi Klum is basically the queen of Halloween, donning elaborate costumes each year. There’s likely not a soul out there who cherishes this holiday more than Heidi.
Cats know how to get in and out of tricky spaces. They disappear and reappear like magic—or like Houdini.
We’re hoping your new kitten doesn’t paint on a forced smile or grow up to be Batman’s arch nemesis, like this DC Comics character.
Let’s face it, your new cat or kitten is going to be the queen of the household now, so you might as well name her as such.
In 1976, author Anne Rice introduced a complicated and yet utterly fascinating vampire named Lestat. In 1994, audiences got to see Tom Cruise bring Lestat to life in “Interview with a Vampire.”
This red-headed priestess was the chosen vessel through which the Lord of Light spoke in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
You can’t get any scarier than Stephen King’s shape-shifting evil clown Pennywise. (For every day use, “Penny” will put guests at ease.)
As in Edgar Allan Poe, king of the spooky story.
Wednesday Addams might be having a pop culture moment, but her brother Pugsley has another cute cat name.
As in Jack the Ripper, a 19th-century serial killer who carried out some of history’s most gruesome murders.
After George A. Romero, the director of the 1978 cult classic zombie movie that launched a thousand zombie movies, “Dawn of the Dead.”
Netflix recently brought this friendly witch back to our television screens with “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” Older fans will remember when Melissa Joan Hart played the young witch in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” from 1996 to 2003.
After Salem, Massachusetts, where the 18th century Salem witch trials took place—or after “Sabrina the Teenage Witch's” talking black cat, Salem.
Actor, writer and director Quentin Tarantino co-wrote and acted in the iconic Halloween flick, “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996). And his characters from “Pulp Fiction” (1994) and “Kill Bill: Volume 1” (2003) and “Volume 2” (2004) are often turned into Halloween costumes.
After the cat in “Hocus Pocus,” a Halloween movie that’s a Millennial fave.
This “Addams Family” name is creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky. Fester himself is famously bald, making this an extra-funny name for a hairless cat breed.
If you’re a fan of the CW’s long-running series “Supernatural,” this name will ring a few bells. Sam and Dean Winchester spend their lives fighting all sorts of monsters and demons.
As in Wednesday Addams, the deadpan daughter of the Addams family who recently became the focus of a Netflix spin-off series.
Looking for more Halloween cat names? Why not fire up your favorite streaming service (whether it’s Netflix or Disney+) and watching a scary movie to get the inspiration flowing? Whatever name you decide to give your new best friend, we’re sure it’ll be purr-fect. Happy spooky season!
Monica Weymouth contributed to this list.
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