->''"Listen to them--the children of the night. What music they make!"''
-->-- '''[[{{Dracula}} Count Dracula]],''' ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''

In many works, wolves are heard howling at dusk or at night. It is a case of NoisyNature. Also, it is often a case of not doing the research or ArtisticLicense: wolves don't live in all settings, and they usually howl to communicate with each other, not to establish the mood or tell time. Often overlaps with CockADoodleDawn, which is when roosters crow at dawn.

This trope has two main types:

'''Type A:''' Wolf howls are heard to herald the coming of the night. The wolves that do the howling are rarely seen.

'''Type B:''' The howls are heard late at night, to reinforce a creepy setting or establish a fearful mood. Again, the wolves are rarely seen.

See also WolvesAlwaysHowlAtTheMoon and HowlOfSorrow. Related to CockADoodleDawn. Not to be confused with [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps Calling To The Night]].

!!Type A: At Dusk Version:
!!!Video Games:
* Occurs in three installments of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series, paired with CockADoodleDawn. Wolves howl whenever night falls.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''
*** Also, when unlocking the howling stones, no matter what time you do the first minigame, you are transported to another area where it is AlwaysNight to do the second howling minigame.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' has a wolf howl to tell the player that night has fallen (and a rooster crowing to indicate daybreak).
* When you visit Garoh in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunTheLostAge'' for the first time (at night), mournful wolf howls are heard [[spoiler:(because it's a village of werewolves)]]. Sadly, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the version of the BGM with howls]] is not part of the soundtrack.
** Though the version without the howls is [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome a darned fine song in its own right.]]

!!Type B: Late at Night Version:
!!!Anime / Manga:
* Holo from ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' does this on occasion, even when in human form.
* Boma in ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'' does this before battle, when he [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent changes into wolf-man form]].

* ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}'': "The children of the night! What beautiful music they make!"
* ''Film/LoveAtFirstBite'': "Children of the night! Shut up!"
* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein:'' "Werewolf? There wolf. There, castle".

* In ''Literature/AWolfInTheSoul'', [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Greg]] joins in howling late at night with the jackals who live in the forest just outside of Jerusalem.

* Music/{{Ylvis}}'s "The Fox" parodies this with an {{Auto Tune}}d howl.
* Music/HowlinWolf: His singing voice was compared to howlin' wolves, thus earning him his stage name. His single "Moanin' At Moonlight" and the album cover from ''Music/MoaninInTheMoonlight'' also delve into this trope.

!!!Video Games:
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' features howling wolves prominently in the background ambiance of various "spooky areas", most notably Mad Monster Mansion in the first game and Witchyworld's "horror zone" in the sequel.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' parodies the above ''"What beautiful music they make!"'' line.

!!!Western Animation:
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', the [[SpeciesSurname Wolfe]] family do this on their rooftop. To emphasize that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming they consider Heffer to be a part of their family (despite not actually being a wolf)]], Heffer joins them (only instead of howling, he says "MOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!")