Black cats seem to be appearing out of nowhere everywhere we look, stray ones hunting in the ditches on the side of our road, others wandering through town, and I've seen several during the past week or so around the blogworld. R insists that they are actually witches turned into cats. Our town's high school mascot is a lion and the school colors are black and orange, so during homecoming earlier this month the sidewalks and roads in town and the highway for 10-12 miles out of town were painted with paw prints. Even the last of the orange violas are sporting whiskers.
The boys and I made the papier mache cat and pumpkin from an old Martha Stewart issue, October 2001. The knitted cat I whipped up earlier this month is from this pattern here.
The checkerboard in the top picture R made the other day after reading about Pa Ingalls making one in By the Shores of Silver Lake. He ran over to the shop and asked for a board from C and then asked for a permanent marker from me. H didn't ask for help and I didn't have time at the moment to give him any so it ended up with a few extra rows of checkers in there. :) It makes for a nice Halloween decoration.