The Book of Ages

Influences: Halloween Pets

Have you ever wondered where the magical creatures of Neopia come from? Perhaps you've even thought that a few of them look familiar, but you just can't place from where. Search no more! Below we've assembled all of the Halloween Pets in Neopia and unveiled the fog of the occult. Curious about other pets? Check out our pages on Maraquan, Royal, Woodland, and other coloured pets!

Acara

Halloween Acara

The Halloween Acara is one of the Neopets based on a generic skeleton costume. These costumes predated the Transparent colour so their placement of bones are somewhat more open to artistic license.

Aisha

Halloween Aisha

The Halloween Aisha appears to be based on one of the stereotypical representations of a red devil, with horns added to the head next to the traditional twin sets of Aisha ears.

Blumaroo

Halloween Blumaroo

The Halloween Blumaroo is based on a famous Neopian character, namely Count Von Roo! The Roo Island vampire appeared a full six months prior to the Halloween colour being made available to Blumaroos, and shares his widow's peak, cape, and colour scheme.

Bori

Halloween Bori

The Halloween Bori has a more modern take on the skeleton costume as seen on the Halloween Acara, featuring prominent carved bones instead of a printed costume. The ornamental skull may be a reference to carved skulls worn during the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations.

Bruce

Halloween Bruce

The Halloween Bruce comes wearing a classic witch's outfit, with a black robe and hat, and holding a broomstick. The broomstick has been closely associated with witchcraft since at least the early middle ages. The origins of stories where witches ride flying broomsticks are unclear, but it is thought that they may relate to early pagan rituals involving dancing while riding brooms and pitchforks.

Buzz

Halloween Buzz

The Buzz is one of many Halloween Neopets based on legends of Werewolves. Interestingly, the Halloween Buzz does not appear to have fully transformed, still maintaining much of its original green skin. The fact that the Halloween Buzz is also still wearing the remains of its clothes may be a reference to the classic horror film character of the Wolf Man, who tended to retain his clothing unlike many more recent depictions of werewolf characters.

Chia

Halloween Chia

The Halloween Chia is another Neopet based on stereotypical witch outfits. This witch comes with a buckle on her hat, as is typically associated with early North American pilgrims. This is a capotain hat, but the popular image of it having a belt buckle on it was an invention added several centuries later. Equally, the idea that pilgrims only wore black and white as the Halloween Chia does is not accurate. Still, this goes to suggest that the Halloween Chia may be a depiction of witches at the time of the Salem Witch Trials.

Chomby

Halloween Chomby

The Halloween Chomby appears to be a mixture of common Halloween outfits. It appears to have some form of leg wrappings similar to mummification, and an outward bone costume like that of the Halloween Bori. The Chomby is also wearing a typical vampire's cape and sports fangs. Bringing together the entire outfit is the clasp on the cloak, with a distinctive burning eye that may be based on the Eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings books and films.

Cybunny

Halloween Cybunny

The Cybunny is the first of many Halloween Neopets to be wearing a generic vampire costume. Most of these ultimately owe their inspiration to the character of Dracula, and the imagery from the Universal and Hammer Horror films starring Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee, respectively. Interestingly, some of the old poses for the Halloween Cybunny suggest, like classic vampire characters, it cannot stand sunlight.

Draik

Halloween Draik

The Halloween Draik's look is clearly based on that of Frankenstein's Monster, originally created by Mary Shelley. The look the Draik is based off was popularised by Boris Karloff in the classic Universal films featuring Frankenstein, and has since become the de facto look for the Monster despite sharing little visual similarity with the Monster in Shelley's original work.

Elephante

Halloween Elephante

The Elephante's look is based on another famous Neopian character, Zombom. This wizard appeared in the game Neoquest II, and was the first real challenge players faced in the game. For this reason, despite not being the main boss of the game's first chapter, he is often one players remember the most.

Eyrie

Halloween Eyrie

The Halloween Eyrie is another wearing a skeleton costume similar to the Acara. As an added feature, the Eyrie's wings feature cobwebs.

Flotsam

Halloween Flotsam

The Flotsam is wearing a standard ghost costume, a white sheet. One of the most common Halloween costumes, representing ghosts in terms of white sheets has a long history, dating at least back to the habit in 17th century Britian of burying the dead in white shrouds (as only the rich and influencial would be able to afford anything else). Without its sheet, the Halloween Flotsam is a good deal more disturbing, with a deep red colour scheme reminiscent of some kind of demon.

Gelert

Halloween Gelert

The Halloween Gelert is another based on popular ideas of vampires. Although during conversion it got a bit more colour, the original Gelert was quite a light shade, referencing ideas of vampires being unnaturally pale. As an added touch, the Gelert's tail is curved into the shape of a bat.

Gnorbu

Halloween Gnorbu

The Halloween Gnorbu appears to be based on the stock classic horror character of Igor, a deformed hunchback who served as the assistant to many of the titular monsters. Interestingly, despite entering popular culture as 'Igor', the Universal films that birthed the character instead featured character named 'Ygor' and earlier 'Fritz'. The character was entirely an invention of the Universal films, as Dr. Frankenstein, whom Igor most usually serves, had no such assistant in the original story.

Grarrl

Halloween Grarrl

The Halloween Grarrl is another based on classic depictions of vampires. The red inner lining of a vampire's cloak was popularised by the depiction of Dracula by Christopher Lee in the classic Hammer Horror film, one of the first colour depictions of the character on film.

Grundo

Halloween Grundo

The Halloween Grundo is a reference to the popular depiction of the Grim Reaper, a personification of death. Most cultures in human history have had some form of personification of death, but the Grim Reaper specifically seems to have originated during the European Black Death. The black robes are similar to those worn by priests at the time, and the scythe the Grim Reaper typically carries was an understandable metaphor for agricultural Europeans who at the time uses scythes to harvest, or 'reap' their crops.

Hissi

Halloween Hissi

The Hissi is another skeletal Halloween Neopet. The lower half closely mirrors the skeleton of a snake, on which Hissies are based.

Ixi

Halloween Ixi

The Ixi appears to be based on a stereotypical demon. It may be possible, given that Ixis are based partly on goats, that the Halloween Ixi is based partly on the goat demon Baphomet, depictions of which have at some point merged with that of the Devil.

Jetsam

Halloween Jetsam

The Halloween Jetsam is another Neopet that appears to be based on classic versions of vampires, specifically Dracula.

JubJub

Halloween JubJub

The Halloween JubJub is a pumpkin! Pumpkins have long been associated with Halloween through jack-o-lanterns, based on the popular myth of Stingy Jack, an Irish man forced to roam the earth after he was rejected from both Heaven and Hell. Originally jack-o-lanterns were carved from turnips and other root vegetables more common in Ireland, before the pumpkin eventually became more common. Pre-conversion artwork for the JubJub appears to show that there is a regular red JubJub under the pumpkin.

Kacheek

Halloween Kacheek

The Kacheek is another Halloween Neopet based off the classic Boris Karloff depiction of Frankenstein's Monster. Unlike the Draik, the Kacheek also has the classic 'neck bolts'. These were originally intended to be electrodes, through which Dr. Frankenstein shocked his creature to life. As with much of the classic Monster look, this was a creation of the Universal film. The original Mary Shelley story did not feature them.

Kau

Halloween Kau

The Halloween Kau is another Neopet based on common skeleton costumes, predating the Transparent colour.

Kiko

Halloween Kiko

Like the JubJub, the Halloween Kiko is dressed as a pumpkin. Unlike the JubJub, the Kiko is actually wearing a costume rather than an actual pumpkin, but still has the same shade of skin when the costume is removed.

Koi

Halloween Koi

The Halloween Koi is another representation of a demon or devil, sharing much the same colour scheme as the Halloween Aisha. The Koi carries a pitchfork. There is a red coloured fish known as the Spiny Devilfish, but it is unlikely it is related.

Korbat

Halloween Korbat

The Halloween Korbat is another based on stereotypical depictions of witches. The green skin typically seen on many Halloween witches can be traced back to Margaret Hamilton's performance as the Wicked Witch of the West in the film, the Wizard of Oz. Witches had rarely been seen as having green skin prior, and the character in the original book did not share the same colour. Such was the cultural impact of the film, however, that it came to define the look of a witch for generations.

Kougra

Halloween Kougra

The Halloween Kougra appears to have some sort of demonic influence, but it is difficult to be more specific. It is possible it is a reference to bakeneko, cat demons in Japanese folklore.

Krawk

Halloween Krawk

The Krawk is another Halloween Neopet who is dressed in a basic skeleton costume, appearing as a basic green Krawk underneath.

Kyrii

Halloween Kyrii

The Halloween Kyrii is another Neopet based on legends of werewolves. The typical depiction of werewolves wearing red plaid and blue jeans like those of the Kyrii appeared around the 1970s and 1980s. It is unclear exactly where this originated from but it is likely related to stereotypical depictions of lumberjacks in North America at the time. Many films of the era such as The Howling imagined werewolves as existing in the more rural and woodland areas where lumberjack fashion was more common.

Lenny

Halloween Lenny

The Halloween Lenny is another Neopet dressed as a witch. The wart on the end of the Lenny's beak is another common element of a witch's costume. This dates back to the 17th century when a wart on the nose was seen as the mark of the Devil, and an easy way to spot a witch. Warts are actually caused by the human papillomavirus, and have been documented as far back as Ancient Greece.

Lupe

Halloween Lupe

The Halloween Lupe is another Neopet based on the legends of werewolves. Unlike the others of this type, the Halloween Lupe has been given a special place in Neopets lore. They have been reimagined as Werelupes, and largely thanks to the Darkest Faerie video game have been fleshed out to have their own distinct culture, hierarchy, and mannerisms.

Meerca

Halloween Meerca

The Meerca is another of the Halloween Neopets to be based on classic depictions of vampires. The classic widow's peak in the Meerca's hairline is present in most colours of Meerca, but in terms of vampires can be traced back to Bela Lugosi's roles in the Universal Horror films of the early 20th century. Although Lugosi had no widow's peak when he performed the role of Dracula, he did when he appeared in the film White Zombie the following year. The two performances became conflated in the audience's minds, and the classic look of the vampire was born.

Moehog

Halloween Moehog

The Halloween Moehog is based on a famous Neopian character, namely Dr. Frank Sloth! The Halloween Moehog appeared a full three years after the debut of Neopia's most famous villain.

Mynci

Halloween Mynci

Like the Grundo, the Halloween Mynci is based off the Grim Reaper. The modern depiction of the Reaper as a psychopomp, or spirit who ferries souls of the dead on to their next life, can perhaps be seen as influenced by the Greek entity Charon, who had the role of ferrying spirits across the river Styx to the afterlife.

Nimmo

Halloween Nimmo

The Halloween Nimmo is another Neopet based on references to demons, although it is difficult to pin it down to anything specific. The oddly shaped wings behind the Nimmo are furled, as can be seen in the unconverted artwork. A possible taste of what they may look like unfurled may come from the Chaos Nimmos in Neoquest II. Though the Halloween Nimmo influenced the Chaos Nimmo's look and not the other way around.

Peophin

Halloween Peophin

The Halloween Peophin is another Neopet based on stereotypically representations of witches. As with the belt buckles on the Halloween Chia, the black robes of witches can also be traced back to typical depictions of pilgrims in North America. Though, again as with the belt buckles, this was an invention after the fact. The pilgrims had many colours of fabric available to them.

Poogle

Halloween Poogle

The Halloween Poogle is based on the Terror Mountain beasts known as Snowbeasts. In Neopia, these are overgrown Snicklebeast Petpets. However, the entire species is a reference to the Yeti, an ape-like creature in folklore said to stalk the Himalayas otherwise known as the Abominable Snowman.

Pteri

Halloween Pteri

The Halloween Pteri is another Neopet based on the classic view of vampires. The Pteri's wings have been transformed into those of a bat for this costume. The idea of vampires being able to transform into bats can be traced back to the character of Dracula by Bram Stoker. Vampires had existed in folklore for at least a thousand years prior, but Stoker's character proved so influential that it defined many if not all depictions of vampires that followed.

Quiggle

Halloween Quiggle

The Halloween Quiggle seems to be based on 19th and early 20th century depictions of grave diggers, with shovel in hand. Body snatching, that is the theft of corpses from recently filled graves, was a well known legal grey area in Victorian England. Anatomists had a lack of fresh corpses for dissection, and body snatchers moved in to fill the gap in the market, often selling individual body parts or entire corpses on a secondary market. Although it was never directly mentioned as the means by which he obtained the body parts for his Monster in the original novel, subsequent portrayals of Dr. Frankenstein have shown him working with body snatchers.

Ruki

Halloween Ruki

The Halloween Ruki is based on the stock Halloween character of the mummy. As with many classic monsters, the Mummy owes its modern day fame to the Universal Horror film of the same name. Boris Karloff, the man who also played the original Frankenstein's Monster, portrayed the mummy known as Imhotep. Imhotep himself was loosely inspired by a real life Ancient Egyptian priest of the same name, and the Universal film was released only a decade after the rediscovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, when talk of a Curse of the Pharoah was still common.

Scorchio

Halloween Scorchio

The Halloween Scorchio is based on the classic horror character of Mr. Hyde from the story The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Much of the look of the character was due to the depiction in the classic 1931 film starring Fredric March by Paramount. Drinking the potion in that film turned Dr. Jekyll into a more beastial Mr. Hyde than was described in the original book.

Shoyru

Halloween Shoyru

Like many other Halloween pets, the Shoyru is dressed as a devil. Unlike many others, even in the pre-conversion art the Shoyru is shown to be wearing an outfit, with clearly seen stitching on the hat.

Skeith

Halloween Skeith

The Halloween Skeith is another Neopet based on the classic view of Frankenstein's Monster. Out of all the Neopets that have the same influence, the Skeith is the one most obviously sewn together from different parts. Although Shelley's original story did include the fact that the monster was built from different parts, the visible stitching was again an invention for the Universal Horror film featuring Boris Karloff.

Techo

Halloween Techo

Like the Halloween Ruki, the Techo is also based off the classic stock Halloween character of the mummy that stems from the Universal Horror film of the same name. Prior to the unearthing of the tomb of Tutankhamun, the mummification of the dead by the Ancient Egyptians was not part of common knowledge in the western world. It was this, and the resulting deaths of those involved in the project, that inspired the belief in something darker at work.

Tonu

Halloween Tonu

The Halloween Tonu is another Neopet based on the Boris Karloff portrayal of Frankenstein's Monster in the classic Universal Horror film.

Tuskaninny

Halloween Tuskaninny

The Halloween Tuskaninny is another based on typical representations of demons, though with a more uncommon purple colour scheme.

Uni

Halloween Uni

The Halloween Uni is based on a famous Neopian character, namely Nightsteed! This semi-mumified Qasalan was a loyal friend to Prince Jazan, appearing as a blue Uni in the daylight but revealing his true look at night. At the conclusion of the plot in which he was introduced, Nightsteed kept the curse that had been placed on much of Qasala's population, and the Halloween Uni has kept the look too.

Usul

Halloween Usul

The Halloween Usul is another Neopet based on traditional depictions of the devil. Many of the pre-conversion poses for the Halloween Usul feature it with glowing yellow eyes, another feature commonly attributed to the devil due to the prevelence of yellow eyes in the animal kingdom.

Wocky

Halloween Wocky

The Halloween Wocky is another Neopet that is based on the stock horror character of Igor, an assistant created for the Universal Horror films. The mismatched eyes of the Wocky may be a reference to Marty Feldman's portrayal of Igor in the comedy film Young Frankenstein, as he was known for his protruding, misaligned eyes.

Xweetok

Halloween Xweetok

The Halloween Xweetok is another based on classic depictions of vampires, with added wolf-like eyes and bat wings perhaps to signify Count Dracula's ability to shapeshift into both animals.

Yurble

Halloween Yurble

The Halloween Yurble is based on a famous Neopian, namely the Tax Beast! The Tax Beast, an angry creature known for going about stealing Neopoints from innocent Neopians, predated the release of the entire Yurble species. An angrier red version of the Tax Beast exists, but the Halloween Yurble remains green all the time.

Zafara

Halloween Zafara

The Halloween Zafara appears to be a mixture of the skeletal costumes and the Grim Reaper costumes. The skeletal appearance of the Grim Reaper dates back at least to the 14th century, when a skeleton was a recognisable symbol of death, popularised by the Danse Macabre, which was a popular metaphor for how people from all walks of life were made equal in death.


This page was written by JN Staff and last updated on May 14, 2022.

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