So I consider 2014, here in Hermosa Beach, my first proper Halloween. And I loved it.
Lady P went as a cat. A little unimaginative I know, but she does a great 'miaou'. She also incorporates the straight arm wave of the lucky cat in the window of Thai Top...
...and a strange yawn, I think because cats in books are often yawning.
Add these interpretive elements to Lady P's costume, and take off the ears and tail (as she did) and it's a rather nuanced portrayal of a cat. Still, she had a good cat face, a clear 'miaou' and clearly had no idea why we kept insisting on dressing her up as a cat. She was in costume for storytime at the library, and for her music 'class', so by the time actual trick or treating came around the costume was a little worn but the routine and the face paint were well rehearsed.
We stocked up big on sour candies, lit our pumpkins and headed out to meet up with our neighbours.
After a little neighbourly chilli, we three headed out and hit up about five houses on our block. Nice way to meet the neighbours (and judge them for the quality of their treats and costumes).