Halloween is upon us at last!
Better get that pumpkin carved, the treats ready to hand out to all those trick-or-treaters and decorate the house with paper bats, dangling skeletons and put on the spooky music!
Most importantly, if you own a black cat, make sure to keep it inside!
Now, there has been a lot said about black cats and Halloween. When my children were little, they picked up somewhere along the line, as children do, that there are some nasty people out there who like to do horrible things to black cats around Halloween time. They used to tell me most seriously to make absolutely sure that we keep our cats, especially our black cats, inside at all times to keep them extra-safe during this time of year.
We did this anyway, but they were afraid that the cats might shoot out when we opened the front door to the trick-or-treaters.
Those of you who read this blog regularly already know about our lovely black moggie Eddie. Others have done a much better job than I could do of writing about the myths and superstitions that swirl around these beautiful black cats, so if you would like to read more about this subject, I highly recommend you visit Beverly’s post over at MoggiePurrs and/or Robin’s over at Playful Kitty
As for Eddie, I will say this: He really loves getting into the ‘spirit’ of things – pardon the pun – by helping out with the carving of the Jack O Lantern.
Afterwards, when he is tired, he likes to lounge on top of the radiator. After all, it is very hard work preparing for Halloween.
The only thing spooky about my black cat is the way he mysteriously appears by my side, like a ghost in the night, whenever I open a tin of tuna.
One minute he is not there, the next, there he is. Truly magical.