“Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.”
The above is a little of the page from this link: http://www.halloweenhistory.org/
or try this article to learn more about this tradition.
After you read these articles you will realize that the black cat thing – bad luck – is really not part of the original celebration. Try this one about black cats and how they got a bad rap:
There is a Facebook page that celebrates black cats and other cats. I have found it to be funny and sad. I was not aware that black cats are less likely to be adopted. Ebony is not happy about that. Here is the link.
I suppose I am a little odd for I have always wanted a black cat. I specialized in three gray tabbies. I am now blessed with a sweet and gentle creature named Ebony. I am very glad that we brought him home in 2009. He is very much a part of our family. Black fur has nothing to do with anything.
Still have a very Happy and Safe Halloween.