Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Quiet Halloween... Even with a Dog

Around Halloween last year, I was extremely stressed out with my job. I was trying my best to make it work but finally beginning to accept that I was not going to be successful. About three weeks later, I threw in the towel and resigned.

This year, I'm at the other end of the employment cycle, looking for a new job. After many less-than-thrilling opportunities, I'm actually pretty excited about two particular positions. I have interviews for both tomorrow. One is nearly at the offer stage, so perhaps I will soon return to the ranks of the employed.

Tonight should be pretty quiet. I'll just be giving out candy to the trick-or-treaters. I haven't decided yet whether I'll don a costume. I might reuse one from a previous year, or I could easily pull something out of my closet that the candy seekers would interpret as a witch costume. ;)

As in previous years, I made treat bags out of fabric scraps. They are filled with candy and ready to go.


Yesterday in a Petco store, I overheard a woman complaining that her dogs are a huge nuisance on Halloween. If the dogs are in the yard, they bark constantly at the kids walking by. If they're in the house, they freak out every time the doorbell rings.

My dog Bean Sidhe feels compelled to protect me when little masked intruders appear at the front door. To keep her calm and out of the way, I simply put her in the car. With the car in the garage, she can't see or be upset by the costumed interlopers roaming the neighborhood. She likes being in the car ("Yay, we're going for a ride!") and will wait quietly for me. I give her warm blankets and check on her every so often, and the trick-or-treat time passes with no fuss.

Do your pets cause trouble on Halloween? How do you handle it?

11 comments:

  1. My cay meowed VERY loudly and ran away when I came out of the bathroom wearing a blonde wig. She is a scaredy-cat. Good luck on you interviews!!!!!!!

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    1. Ha ha! Scaredy-cat indeed. :) Thank you!

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  2. I have to zip-tie my front patio gates shut to keep the trickortreaters from letting her out. I'm skipping it this year, I'm in the house with all the lights off and the gates locked up tight.

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    1. Yikes. Running loose might be a treat for the dog, but not so much for you, I imagine.

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    2. Trixie likes treats. Trickortreaters don't always like Trixie treats. Shaggy black beast running gleefully in the darkness.... tackling children...

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  3. The treat bags you made are so lovely, it will make great memories for the kids! It is so cute how Bean Sidhe waits happily in the car for you. My bird screams loudly if anyone opens the door but we didn't really get any trick or treaters. I was out, but I think my boyfriend said there was one. We are in Australia, though.

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    1. One kid said while she was choosing her treat bag, "I got that one last year. I'll take the green one." I thought it was pretty cool that she remembered from last year. :)

      As it turns out, Bean Sidhe did get a car ride... unfortunately, it was to the vet today. More trouble with the cyst on her shoulder.

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  4. When I lived in Canada, and my late pooch was a pup, he would howl and yap constantly. As he aged he became much more accepting that Halloween was a time when the door was constantly ringing.

    There were no trick or treaters this year or last year... but I do know that my cats hate the doorbell; they react as though the devil himself is knocking. They jump and scatter all wide eyed and afraid lol.

    And... with those treat bags, would it be weird if an adult went trick or treating? =P
    They're so cute!

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    1. Bean Sidhe mellowed tremendously as she aged. She was a tiny terror her first year!

      Ha ha, too funny!

      Maybe a little weird. ;) Thank you. They're fun to make.

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  5. hey,can you post some ideias of goth clothes we can make?
    thanks

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    1. Yes, I can. I've done a lot of sewing lately, so there will be several clothes-related posts in the near future.

      In the meantime, I've posted a few clothing DIYs in the past, such as:
      http://gothityourself.blogspot.com/2013/06/red-black-day-2-diy-pixie-skirt.html
      and http://gothityourself.blogspot.com/2013/06/red-black-day-6-tee-skirts.html

      There are also lots of posts under the "sewing" label.

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