Howling to the Night

In many works, wolves are heard howling at dusk or at night. It is a case of Noisy Nature. Also, it is often a case of not doing the research or Artistic License: 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 Cock-a-Doodle Dawn, 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 Wolves Always Howl at the Moon and Howl of Sorrow. Related to Cock-a-Doodle Dawn.


Type A: At Dusk Version:

Video Games:

Type B: Late at Night Version:

Anime / Manga:



  • In A Wolf In The Soul, Greg joins in howling late at night with the jackals who live in the forest just outside of Jerusalem.


Video Games:

  • Banjo-Kazooie 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.
  • Conkers Bad Fur Day parodies the above "What beautiful music they make!" line.