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Lately I have noticed that owls have become part of Halloween decorations.....why?? Do people consider owls scary?? Is there some sort of folk lore associated with owls??
 

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I've seen owls on lots of vintage Halloween decorations. So I think they've been around for a while. Also, there are a lot of owl-related superstitions.

http://www.owls.com/owls_superstition.html
I've never noticed it in years past, but have seen them frequently in recent years. I suspect that maybe they've always had a part in it just due to their being a night creature. Likely, it's just a marketing scheme and everyone is following suit.
 

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Lately I have noticed that owls have become part of Halloween decorations.....why?? Do people consider owls scary?? Is there some sort of folk lore associated with owls??
Imagine ancient peoples, in their tepees/yurts/caves/whatever, they have no electric lights or really much protection from what roams the darkness except some spears or arrows or whatever weapon they can devise.... and then a great horned owl sounds sounding off 50 feet from the lodge-flap, or whatever. I imagine that would be quite scary, or at least it would wake you up.

Owls have a long and storied history as psychopomps. Let me tell you a true story:

Back in the 1990s, about a year after my brother dropped dead of heart failure at age 26, [TWENTY-SIX, WTH?!!!] my mother and I were talking. [My brother was a *bad* asthmatic who smoked both tobacco and pot HEAVILY, at once point I even remember saying to him, "Don't you think you are kinda stressing your pulmonary system a wee bit much?!!" and he shrugged that off. Continually on steroid dosepaks, and just puffing away! *facepalm*]

My mother told me that about a month before he died, she was awakened in the wee hours by a screech-owl tapping on her bedroom window.
She repeatedly tried to shoo the owl away, but he kept coming back.... tapping.

My hair almost stood on end. "MOM ARE YOU SERIOUS OMG!!! Could there be a more horrible omen!" Maybe hearing the banshee would be worse, but an owl tapping on your window at night is right up there.

That owl was *warning* her. Death was coming to our family.

My mother: "Oh pooh, I don't believe a bit of that! Omens! That's devil-talk, I'm a Christian!"

Yeah, whatever. Meanwhile what happened, happened. I love owls, they are fascinating and beautiful birds. But if one taps on your window, summoning you or if any bird flies across your path close to you, look out. Something bad is about to happen and I speak from sad experience. Call me crazy, but I have seen it.

My brother would agree if he could.
 

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On a lighter note, here is a funny Eagle owl in the Netherlands who enjoys landing on people's heads. This isn't the so-called terror owl, this is a cute owl who thinks your head is the best place to sit, ever. I'm not sure what kind of an omen he is, but he is beautiful and funny and I wish he lived near my house. :cool:

Great pix and video.

http://www.boredpanda.com/owl-lands-on-head-netherlands-noordeinde/
 

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As mentioned above, owls are largely night predators, and they make a mournful sound, although I consider some varieties quite beautiful.
 

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About two years ago we were driving home late on a lonely stretch of dark road. I was in the passenger seat and leaned forward to grab something off of the dash, and just at that very moment an owl flew past us ... we barely missed it ... he even flew sideways as he just barely rode the wind current flowing around us - and as he did, I swear we locked eyes. He was perhaps twenty inches away from me. It was very neat. Fortunately we did not hit him, I would have been upset forever.
 

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An owl sits, waits, swoops down, snatches a mouse right up, the mouse (or other animal ) probably never knew what hit them.. sort of like how death itself finds some of us!
I have told this before, no Owl involved,but a big black colored bird.
I was standing the the Tallahassee graveyard, the old one "downtown" watching my now Ex-wife cleaning old broken gravestones so they could be repaired (Vandalized)
A big black bird swooped down hitting her across the back of her head, knocking her to the ground,into soft grass,she wasn't hurt.
A strange man who spent much time in the graveyard asked her what the exact time was the bird hit her, which direction did it come from and which direction it left in?
He "pondered" awhile, then he said to her:"Someone close to you is going to Die Soon!"
Then he looked at Me (the "new" Husband) and told me that I should be drinking "Willow Tea" for "Protection". I laughed.
Later that night my wife became very nervous about this, insisted I drink Willow Tea! (Tasted like krappe! )
The next morning just before day-break her phone was ringing.... Her Uncle in Texas... had died.
 

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There are owls living in the woods next to my house. Sometimes I hear them hooting at night, and it is very unnerving. With the lights on, they're adorable, but at night, owls are big-eyed birds of prey, and they're a bit scary if you think about it that way.
 

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They evoke something creepy, their silent stealth is almost ghostly, and their screech while hunting is completely unnerving. We have a Great Horned Owl that perches on various roofs in our neighborhood, the odd time he picks ours, the hooting is eerie and wonderful!
 

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I never really considered owls to be scary, just more a part of the Halloween "atmosphere" more than anything else.

But, I will say when I'm walking the dog near the woods at night and I hear the distant "hoo-HOO, hoo-HOO" of an owl----it does get scary!
 

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Yup same I love bats as well, we put up a bat house a few years ago, sadly no takers.... :( :( I keep hoping one day.....
I looked into those before and it just seemed a little complicated. They have to be facing the proper direction to keep it warm in there during winter, a certain height, away from activity ... I can't even get regular birds to come to my bird houses, so I didn't bother with the bat house. I still think about it though.
 

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Actually when I think of Halloween the first thoughts I have is graveyard, mist/fog, night, vampire, ghosts and owls. So for me they are very Halloween-ish.
 

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Living out in the middle of nowhere, we have tons of great horned owls around. While the regular hooting is cool at night, when the male is being territorial he screams like something between a woman being stabbed to death and a tomcat yowl. Heard that when we first moved here, had no idea what it was, all I knew was it was getting closer FAST. I promptly went back inside, and it took me months to figure out WHAT in the heck I kept hearing out there. He's really pretty, and I'm glad he lives in our trees, but dang, man, can you not do the death shriek?
 
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