Welcome to the 2014 Countdown To Halloween blogathon! To regular readers—thanks as always for dropping by. To new visitors—I hope you find Tulgey Wood to be full of treats and only the best kind of tricks! To get things started, let's party like a princess. This Disney Catalog cover depicts a fancy dress ball theme that reminds us that Halloween needn't always be monsters, ghosts and ghouls. It does help to have a pumpkin on hand, however, especially if you are Gus. And by the way, who better to carve your jack-o-lantern than the very mice who pulled Cinderella's pumpkin coach? At the same time, the designer and artist behind this lovely piece found a way to subtly include a touch of Halloween spookiness with the bats circling the castle turret in the background. I hope this touch of Disney enchantment gets October off to a good start for you. Be sure and check out all the blogs—197 as of this writing, including Tulgey Wood—who are "crypt keepers" in this year blogathon. These are the houses giving out the best candy this year. It's also a great way to discover new blogs you will keep reading all year long. I have found new favorites through Countdown to Halloween—a number of them have been added to the blogroll at the right. And be sure and stop by throughout October right through October 31st itself as we Countdown to Halloween here at Tulgey Wood.