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Panda, the Cat that Loved Halloween

Two Halloweens in a row, we were joined by a great cat named Panda.

As we gathered on the porch to wait for Trick-or-Treaters, Panda walked right up to join in the fun.  At one point, he snagged an entire mini doughnut off someone’s plate and ate it like a pig. What a great cat.

Sadly though, Panda and his family moved away last year.  I hope wherever he is, he will have a wonderful Halloween!

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Night of the Witch

The summer heat is finally gone. The days have gotten colder, and the night comes a little sooner now. Leaves have started changing colors and falling to the ground. Everything feels a little spookier. I love this time of year.

Two years ago I spent most of September and October sewing this Halloween dress.  I don’t really remember what gave me the ambitious idea to make such a thing, but it was a fun project to work on during the colder autumn evenings. I ended up not even using a pattern, because it seems I have a hard time sticking to directions when it comes to projects. So my Halloween dress has some strangely sewn areas, but that’s OK since I looked like I just rose from the dead!

When I put on this dress, I just want to run around in the spooky dark Halloween Night.

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A Spooky Saturday

A Saturday October morning started with a trip to Old Salem with my mom and sister.  It was finally cold out after being close to 90 degrees for months.

We wandered around the farmer’s market, and in the little shops.  On the ground I saw some weird mushroom type things, and this little painted rock with a pumpkin on it.

We went back to my Mom’s house where we talked about Halloween plans and costumes. Eventually our plans led us here.

 Halloween shops always pop up mysteriously, in the shell of a recently abandoned store. Never in the same place, each year it’s always a game to figure out where they will appear.

I started planning my costume, which is my favorite character from my favorite band, Ghost. So next was a trip to Goodwill and then the fabric store to get supplies, with lunch at a Greek restaurant in between shopping.

The costume I decided to create in two weeks!

After realizing I would probably never find a jacket at goodwill that looked similar enough, I decided to attempt to make my own, with the help of my sister who is a great seamstress. We drank Chai tea as cats ran around while we worked.

It was a great Spooky Saturday!

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It’s a Spooky Time of Year


It’s the time of year for wearing all black, wandering around, among the fallen leaves and overcast skies, being spooky.


This was Halloween a year ago. I worked all September and October making this dress. I kind of used a pattern but mainly made it up as I went along, which is usually how I end up doing projects. There are some parts that definitely don’t look quite right up close, but that’s okay because I was supposed to look dead anyway. 






It was the perfect Halloween night. The skies were dark and gloomy, the air was crisp and cool, but not too cold. 

Pumpkins lined the way up the the porch of my Mom’s haunted house, where a skeleton, ghost and more creepy ghouls waited with a giant cauldron filled with candy.




It’s the creepiest time of year.
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Swamp House


Just off the path, nestled at the edge of the woods at Reynolda Gardens, lies this little house that is covered in moss, looking over a swamp. 

It was a hot evening, at the end of summer. A rainstorm had just passed and the gardens were empty. A light fog was lifting up off the ground and rising up into the grey clouds, that were quickly disappearing. 



This little house, that was once a fancy boat house for a beautiful lake, is now spooky and overgrown. Many forgotten summer memories from long ago, are lost in this dense overgrowth. 
















But I like this lake house turned swamp house just the way it is.  It has character, and so much intrigue. 
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Cat Photos Friday #122 Spooky House


Every year for Christmas the cats get a cardboard gingerbread house from Target. But this year, they I saw they were selling a Halloween haunted house! Since we got all three cats in October they’ve always seemed like Halloween cats to me, so I couldn’t pass this spooky house up!

They all took turns sitting in it, and sitting near it. They love getting new toys!


Everyone is feeling spooky around here!
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Ghost of Halloweens Past


To help get into a spooky mood in preparation for Halloween at the end of this week, I thought I would share some creepy photos from Halloweens past.

Halloween was my Dad’s favorite holiday. He took pride in having the scariest house on the block. (Heck, probably the whole city!)


There were many kids, and even adults that were afraid to even come up to the house. There were so many spooky things, you never knew what was going to pop out at you!


I love the creepy glow of all the eerie colored lights.

A ghoulish cabinet, home to many skeletons and spiders. 

As October progressed, the front yard was slowly turned into a scary cemetery. 


This year we are going to have a small little party at our house and hand out candy. Although our house will not be nearly as scary as this! Maybe one day..

What are you plans for the spooky day?
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Cat Photos Friday # 35- Getting Pumped for Halloween

As Halloween gets closer, the cats are busy getting into the spirit of this spooky season.  I thought I would share some photos of my cats and my moms doing Halloween-y stuff from years past.
 Sookie likes to pretend she’s a spooky decoration

Zoe was unsure what had happened to these poor pumpkins!

Sookie, pretending to be the witch’s cat, and helping with the brew.
My pumpkin cat blends in!
Cloud thought she should be part of the decor as well.
Teddy was Sookie’s twin brother who disappeared years ago :'( He was such a cool guy and loved hanging out with the pumpkins.



Hope everyone is having fun gearing up for the big day next Friday!