Friday, October 14, 2016



More than one person in Lavender, Texas has suggested that I get a Halloween costume for my black cat, Hitchcock. Seriously? They don't know Hitchcock like I do. He'd smell that costume coming a mile away, and I wouldn't see even a whisker of that cat if he thought I intended to dress him up.

Frankly, I think animals wearing costumes is a little silly. Cute, but silly. I admit to looking at some of the cat costumes at the pet store last week - they had Batman, a witch, a lion. The Cleopatra get-up was pretty cool - for a girl cat, that is. But my decision is final. There will be no costume for Hitchcock, or me for that matter.

My plan for Halloween evening - in fact for that whole week - is to lay low. For the most part, the citizens around here are sweet, friendly folks, but I'm not willing to give potential Halloween pranksters any opening to mess with my black cat.  Some call him the bad luck cat, and I do everything I can to convince them otherwise. 

The one person I must steer clear of this Halloween is Twila Baxter over at the antique store. She's a friendly enough woman, bless her heart, but she has an out-of-this-world notion that her dead husband is coming back to the store on Halloween. She keeps the dinner table set for his return - I kid you not. Worse, she thinks Hitchcock and I can help him make peace with his death and get over the hump into the after life. Like that's gonna happen. I plan to batten down the hatches on October 31 just in case ol' Twila decides to come around our place. Maybe we should dress in costume after all so she'd have a harder time finding us.

Do you have a costume for this Halloween? Ever dress up your pets?

Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Berkley Prime Crime. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets.


  1. My cats absolutely refuse to even look at a costume.

  2. I used to kind of like Halloween when costumes were cute or creative. But now so many are just creepy and I hate Halloween and can't wait for it to be over.

  3. Hi Kay: As to pets, the only one that has ever been willing to wear a "costume" is my daughter's dogs (a Dalmatian (now gone) and currently, a Greyhound) who love their New England Patriots blankets wraps or their Boston Red Sox Blanket wraps. That is about as much of a costume that they will wear and they like them because they have very little fur and it keeps them warmer.

    No cat in my life has ever allowed a costume but one would wear a lei as she was used to a decorative collar and didn't realize it was something else.

    As for a costume for me, well, I go out with my grandchildren and go as myself, which means Grammy clothes and Grammy silver hair and that IS my costume. Add the mobility scooter and it is a real hit!!!! I do not like masks. I want to see a face, not a mask and really don't care for Halloween trick or treaters to come to my door anymore and will not do so if I am home alone. Usually, I am out with the grandkids and Grampy tends to the door which I feel is a bit safer than me doing it. It shouldn't be a night to be afraid, but times have changed and there are some not so nice people out there so you have to think twice or three times now about Halloween night. Your write up was so cute. Looking forward to reading your newest book.