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Escaping the Spooks

As I write this on night, the rain is pounding on my roof in Templeton. It’s one of the most beautiful sounds I could be hearing. I believed the weatherman yesterday, and turned off all my sprinklers in Paso Robles.

We haven’t moved back to Templeton, but we decided early in the week to hide out here where no trick or treaters ever come. We are quite hard to find and not worth the effort, since we are off the beaten path and little goblins prefer neighborhoods whether they can collect more in less time.

It’s hard, though, to escape all treat or treaters. These two found us. How do you like those authentic cat costumes?

I took the photo and edited it.

Sarah had only left her post at the door to follow me to the orchard when I was picking apples. She climbed the apple tree and perched on a branch very close to where I was working. I guess she wanted to keep an eye on me. I wish I’d had my camera.

Happy Halloween to all who celebrate it. I hope the rest of you have a peaceful night.

The first photo was taken in my Riverbank neighborhood in Paso Robles.

Pictures and content are original and may not be used without permission, B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved

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bestwriter wrote on October 31, 2014, 11:27 PM

You are a writer par excellence BarbRad . This post in particular was the mother of all posts- so beautifully written, specially about the natural costumes those 'little goblins' wore. emoticon :cool:

Jerry_Walch wrote on October 31, 2014, 11:53 PM

Actually, your two little goblins look like two of mine in identical costumes emoticon :grin: .

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 1, 2014, 12:56 AM

Now those are the kind of trick or treaters I'd like to have! I didn't get any of any kind, though. Too far off the road. The parents usually take their kids to the mega-subdivision (500+ houses) up the road and load up. It rained hard here, too. Tomorrow is supposed to be cold and windy, with snow in the mountains a couple of hours away. So much for the yard sale I wanted to have.

Madcanman wrote on November 1, 2014, 6:14 AM

It was pretty quiet around here since we're in a quiet building, compared to most other apartments. After not a single trick-or-treater last year we decided that we would simply keep our outside light off and just settle in with a movie.

MegL wrote on November 1, 2014, 10:42 AM

I think those goblins are only up for treats - and wouldn't appreciate tricks!

Feisty56 wrote on November 1, 2014, 11:30 AM

Those are two of the most authentic cat costumes I've ever seen! I'm guessing you handed out treats to them. Did Garfield partake this time around?

AliCanary wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:23 PM

I welcomed the spooks--got 62 of them! Your little spooks are very cute :)

BarbRad wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:30 PM

Thank you for the compliment. These little trick or treaters don't limit themselves to Halloween.

BarbRad wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:31 PM

It gets harder and harder to find unique costumes.

BarbRad wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:42 PM

Sorry about the yard sale. Our Paso house is in one of the neighborhoods where people from the other side of town drop their kids off. That's why we chose to escape.

BarbRad wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:43 PM

i like to work, and my office window here is right by the front door. Guess I could have just read in the family room and left the light off, especially since the rain was probably enough to discourage most little spooks.

BarbRad wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:44 PM

They are the ones who do the tricks to get the treats.

BarbRad wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:46 PM

He isn't in for the long haul. Sarah had begged alone first and got hers. After that we usually make them wait until we leave. Sarah was the only one who braved the rain to come back while we were leaving. Garfield often misses out because he's not in the right place at the right time.

BarbRad wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:47 PM

Little spooks depend on folks like you who get into the spirit of the night. Glad you made their evening.

alexdg1 wrote on November 1, 2014, 3:32 PM

We only had two girls (dressed as little witches) knock on our door. Unhappily, I did not have any candy to hand out, so they went home pretty disappointed. But...considering that they were the only trick-or-treaters who came by, it would have been a waste of money buying a bag of candy for Halloween.

JanetJenson wrote on November 1, 2014, 6:22 PM

You have gobbling goblin cats. I wish I had taken a photo of my elusive neighbor's elusive black long haired cat and it is a beauty, before they both got on an airplane and left for the east coast to live. Poor beautiful kitty...I cannot imagine it living in the cold.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 1, 2014, 7:48 PM

It was 45 with gusty winds today. Guiness and I didn't even poke our noses out the door. If I had attempted a yard sale, anything that wasn't frozen to the ground would have blown away. Maybe the weather will cooperate next week. I can't see attempting one after that until spring.

BarbRad wrote on November 2, 2014, 1:43 AM

That's one reason we don't do it anymore. We used to buy candy we liked in case few children came by, but we know longer eat the wrapped candy. Makes no sense to buy it for nobody but us.

BarbRad wrote on November 2, 2014, 1:44 AM

Perhaps they won't let it outside when it's so cold. Too bad you didn't get the photo.

AliCanary wrote on November 2, 2014, 11:55 AM

I see a lot of kids from other areas here, too. It makes me sad to think they don't have decent trick-or-treating in their neighborhood, and I'm happy to give them something nice.

inertia4 wrote on November 2, 2014, 7:16 PM

BarbRad Well, I think you all know I don't have to hide from trick or treaters. We have none here anymore. And I also wrote why we don't. It was an okay night on Halloween. I stayed in watching Stephen Kings 1408. Great movie.

BarbRad wrote on November 3, 2014, 12:53 AM

Anything by Stephen King would spook me.