We've been practicing for a week, now.
We've watched many showings of the Dora Halloween special.
We bought ears and tail two weeks in advance so that she could warm up to the idea. Mainly, this manifested itself in my own (and Brandon's..which was infinitely more entertaining) wearing of the ears and tail. She liked for us to meow, also. "Ooooh! Deh's duh scawy bwack cat! Meooooow bwack cat!" ((cue uncontrollable giggle fits))
We planned the costume with her normal clothes - not scratchy, not strange. Familiar. Unassuming.
Brandon was a doubter, "She's not gonna go!"
But, I talked it up all day.
We started putting on the costume one piece at the time at 5:30.
Black shirt with cat face.
We had to appear apathetic - because Harper rarely wears anything I want her to - but with the successful donning of each piece of black clothing, my excitement grew.
When she let me paint whiskers on each cheek and a black heart-shaped nose and she started to meow and smile at herself in the mirror instead of scream in horror, I knew we were getting somewhere.
And as soon as the first princess and pirate came to our house for candy, she was ready to hit the trail.
I barely got her coat on in time - in a clutch & coordinating play, Grandma just happened to arrive yesterday with a double-breasted black pea coat that completed the outfit.
Stealthily and unbenownst to Harper, Brandon pinned a long black tail on her coat as we headed out the door.
I threw on her cat ears headband while she was busily examining the two pieces of 'starter candy.'
As our rookie stalked across the grass with her lime green pumpkin and up to the front door of our most friendly neighbors, we rehearsed, just as we had for a week:
me: "What do you say when they answer the door?"
H: "Twick oh Tweet!"
me: "Great! And how many pieces of candy do you take?"
me: "And what do you say after they give you candy?"
H: "Dank you! Happeh Hawwoween!"
Our girl had this down cold. She was so, so ready.
And much like her momma, the girl went on auto pilot as soon as our neighbor greeted her sweet and soft little knock at their door. Much to my (and Brandon's...and every neighbor's) delight, our rehearsals went out the window in favor of instinct:
She excitedly sat her bucket at their feet (I do not know why... but it was fantastic.) and said, "Hiiiiiii! Put duh candy, pwease! Dank you!"
Our plan was to go to 3 houses...
And after the 11th, she began to slow - weighed down by the considerable booty she insisted on carrying herself.
At the late hour of 7:15, a small, tired, 'scawy bwack' kitty cat - a seasoned pro - trudged back through our yard and proclaimed that she would like a few "de-wish-us tweats."
Happeh Hawwoween, indeed.