“If you’re going to San Francisco / Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…”
Lyrics from “San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie
Oh the decisions we must make during the Halloween season. What to be…a faerie, cat lady, a hippie or a devil? Lucky for me who loves to dress in costume, I got to be my top two choices: a faerie and a cat lady. Lexington and Bobcat watched with intrigue as I crafted a flower faerie costume that I wore to one of the most sensational soirees I’ve ever attended. The theme was “Samhain” the ancient Celtic celebration of harvest and those who’ve passed (which eventually became Halloween as we know it today). The gathering of witches, wizards, Vikings, elves and faeries was held in a rustic outdoor canyon setting in Laguna Beach. I felt as though I’d been transported back to the days of Lords and Ladies, to a time when people believed in magic.
On Halloween day, I transformed myself into my alter ego, Cat Lady and had fun at the office acting the part by threatening co-workers with my claws.
Yet, the hippie and devil costume ideas would be not be dismissed. After all, I had Lexington and Bobcat who would of course partake the dress-up-in-costume Halloween ritual. At first Bobcat resisted. He just wanted to hang out with his new friends who took-up residence on the sofa during the month of October.
Lexington, although not eager to become a flower child, agreed to participate in the costume ritual, and in his tie-dye and flowers, looked like he could have been seen at Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love.
Bobcat, not wanting to be left out and knowing that he was at times, a little devil without the horns, thought it might be fun, for a moment, to be a devil with horns.
The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats had a Halloween party for the volunteers—or was it really for the cats?
But a month before Halloween, cats and dogs were already in costume at the 23rd Annual Pet Parade & Chili Cook-Off, a fundraiser established by the Laguna Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Fund. Blue Bell was selected as one of the beneficiaries and had a booth at the event to promote its purpose, which I ran with two other volunteers. This dog-centric event was graced with the presence of two cat participants, Cody, a Blue Bell resident and Rolo, cat companion of Elizabeth and Cole who adopted him while at CatCon this summer. Cody handled being in a crowd with cautious curiosity. Rolo, the epitome of a cool cat thrived among the event-goers. The fact that he was completely at ease wearing a cowboy costume also spoke volumes to his laid-back purr-sonality. Both cats entered the contest, and Cody, festive in a sport t-shirt thrilled us all by winning first place for most gorgeous senior.
Rolo didn’t place in the contest, but he got plenty of adoration and as far as I’m concerned, a cat that wears cowboy boots is a winner despite the judges’ lack of sensibilities.
And despite the initial “rolling of the eyes” by my two felines when I suggested they get costumed-up with me, they were secretly into it…