Black Cats and Pumpkins

Ahh, Halloween.

Yes. it’s still September, but with the leaves changing and the air starting to get a little cooler and crisper, you can sense the magic coming.

Fall is officially upon us, and Halloween is just around the corner. There are so many wonderful sights this time of year, but here are a few of our favorites:

• Black cats. Seeing a black cat any other time of year is no big deal, right? But during Halloween season, black cats seem so appropriate. Just the sight of one darting around a corner or perched on a step makes you thing of spooky stories you heard as a child. There may be vampires, withces, ghosts, and goblins about, but we think black cats are the true mascot of Halloween.

• Pumpkins. A big, fat, orange pumpkin sitting on the doorstep is a sign that autumn has arrived in the hearts of neighbors. We like to by a bunch of pumpkins early—gourds of all shapes, colors and sizes—and display them as is right up until October 31. Then, they get carved into delightful faces.

• Piles of leaves. Is there anything more nostalgic than jumping into a crisp pile of fallen leaves. They smell so good! There should be Halloween songs about jumping into leaves just as there are Christmas songs about sleighs and snowmen. There probably are some out there, but they’re too obscure. We think that needs to change.

• Kids in costume. Children’s Halloween costume’s have become a seriously big business. If there’s a new movie out or a popular show on TV, rinky-dink versions of costumes based on the show’s characters can be found in every store. Be we like the kids and their parents who get creative and make fun, whimsical, and original costumes from scratch. That’s kind of how it was done in the old days, and it’s nice to see people keeping that tradition alive.