Halloween is coming soon, which means fun-sized candy, horror movies and scary creatures of the night. Bats are often associated with this spooky celebration, but they shouldn't be and here's why.

Busting myths about bats

1. Vampire bats are real vampires.

While Green Neighbors can neither confirm nor deny the existence of vampires, we can say that vampire bats are separate from vampires. Vampire bats live in the tropics of South and Central America (not Transylvania) and consume the blood of animals (not humans) but actually don't drink enough to cause serious harm.

2. Bats are constantly getting caught in our hair.

While this can happen, it is quite rare. North American bats eat insects. Insects are attracted to us, especially when we're using lights at night. Ergo, bats take the opportunity to forage above our heads (but not in our hair).

3. Bats are huge and scary!

The largest bats are called flying foxes and are native to the tropics of the Pacific. The biggest of the flying foxes has a wingspan of about five feet! However, it only weighs about two pounds and eats fruit—not exactly a terrifying nocturnal predator. On the other side of the spectrum is the bumblebee bat, weighing in at two grams at a length of one inch! Most North American bats have a wingspan of less than five inches and weigh less than a half pound.

So don't be scared!

As you can see, it's silly to be scared of these tiny, misunderstood creatures. You can learn more about bats by listening to a talk from Green Neighbors' fearless leader and environmental educator, Sally Fisher, on October 24! Don't miss this opportunity!

This Halloween, you can refocus your fears on things that are truly scary, like the amount of sugar your kids are getting from those fun-sized treats! Have a happy Halloween!e ...