Creature Of The Night*

Sunday is Halloween.

Purists are inclined to be a bit sniffy about plastic pumpkins and skeletons, and talk loftily about the meaning and origins of the festival. I think they should climb down off those high horses and try a bit of fun for a change.

With that thought in mind, we’ve arranged the next Happy Greys Social Club coffee morning on Halloween itself. For a miracle, the Husband has the day off, and because it’s the weekend, so do lots of other people. So Mouse’s Aunty Lyn and I though a spot of doggy fancy dress would be appropriate. And before you say this info belongs over on Mouse’s own blog, there is of course a reason I’m talking about it here.

In general, I’m not a huge fan of dogs wearing costumes a lot (warm- and waterproof-wear being the exception), it’s bad for their fur and it’s a bit too anthropomorphic for comfort. But occasionally, I’ll make an exception.

You know where this is going, don’t you?  As co-host, Mouse insisted something Special.

What do you mean, they don’t flap?

I had a think about it. I concluded that a sleek, black creature with large ears and pointy fangs was made to wear a pair of bat wings. So I built him some. It’s a double layer of black felt, cut to shape and stitched together, with channels stitched in to form ribs. The leading edge has a stiff wire in it which I shaped to flick up so that they don’t just droop and flap. I was originally planning to wire every rib, but it turned out to be unnecessary. I attached the wings to his old harness with a velcro closure. He didn’t seem too distressed by them, nor too disgusted. They’re light and soft. I won’t make him wear them for hours, and he’ll probably flop down at some point and squish them. That’s OK. Let me know if you want more detail on how I constructed the wings.

Please tell me I’m not going as Elvis…

And then today in the supermarket I saw The Cape. It’s fancy dress for a small child, but fits him nicely. It’s very light and flimsy, but has this brilliant gold stand up collar, as well as gold lamé pumpkins, ghosts, bats, etc, all over the fabric. I knew we had to have it, and at $2.80 it wasn’t breaking the bank. At that point, I hadn’t finished the wings and wasn’t sure they’d be successful, so Hound Dracula was to be his fallback position. He wasn’t sure about it, at first.


As it is, Hound Dracula can wear his cloak and his wings at the same time. He looks… magnificent, although there’s still a strong element of side-eye going on. Sorry about the photos being a bit blurry and crowded, we had to capture him in all his glory before the supply of bribes treats ran out.

I do draw the line at fake blood on his fangs! 🧛‍♂️


*And if you don’t now have an ear-worm from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, I haven’t don’t my job properly!

57 thoughts on “Creature Of The Night*

  1. tialys says:

    He is a magnificent Prince of Darkness.

    I just knew his whole get up would be spectacular 🤩 I love it 😻

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Mouse looks splendid! I will show O & R who will no doubt be envious. Enjoy your coffee morning

  4. Your dog is ready for going in the movies! And the oscar for best costume goes to Kate! Marvelous!

  5. Bear says:

    Oh, Mouse, you are soooo Scary! Love your costume. Since our Leahmae doesn’t get out and her black fur and gold eyes are costume enough. She does like to sit in the window, though. We have a neighbor who is sooo very superstitious that he won’t even speak to us anymore because she is a black beauty. His loss. Now, she just seems to know when he’s walking to his car and makes a point of sitting in the window and calling out to him. He, of course, has a freak attack. Silly man.

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    My teeth are chattering in terror. So scary.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hee hee! You realise he’s just a great big greedy guts when he comes lolloping with those wings waggling, begging for a frozen chicken neck. And I expect the wings will be squashed to death in very short order once the coffee morning kicks off and he’s lounging on his floof, sipping at his puppacino…

  7. I was not prepared for the sight of Mouse in bat wings and a gold sparkly cape. I’m unlikely to be able to get that image out of my mind for days.

    • katechiconi says:

      Wait till you see the photos from Sunday! All the doggos will be in fancy dress in some form or other. I assure you the vision of Mouse will fade once you’ve seen Tuppence in her witch’s hat!

  8. Sharon says:

    So stinkin cute!!!!

  9. Dayphoto says:

    FLY AWAY! Fly Away!

  10. magpiesue says:

    Brilliant! Perfect! I LOVE the cape over the wings (and I bet Mouse prefers it that way too).

    • katechiconi says:

      It looks like he’s had one of those ‘reveal’ moments, where he’s gone from an ordinary – but gorgeous – doggo, to Creature of the Night, as he spreads his wings. Personally, I’m totally thrilled about how well the wings work!

    • katechiconi says:

      He does look really fab. I won’t make him wear them on the walk to the café, but I’ll make sure he’s wearing them as we come round the corner, so if there’s anyone sitting there, they’ll receive the full Hound Dracula effect, tee hee.

  11. Genius adding the cape to the wings! Black dogs rock Halloween 🦇

  12. I share your dislike of animal costumes in general while at the same time finding myself delighted by costumes worn by creatures (usually for seconds) in my family over the years. The white rat with a purple cape, the cow with a flower garland, the German shepherd with an evening gown, the cat with a bonnet, well, you get the idea.

  13. Now all you have to do is teach Mouse to say, with a courtly gesture “Welcome to my house…enter freely and of your own will…Mwah ha ha ha ha!”

    • katechiconi says:

      I wish his manners were indeed more like that, but his first impulse is to barge and shove at the smallest sign of food. Just as well he’s no vampire! He has the aristocratic sneer down perfectly, though!

  14. His face, when wearing the Cape, is priceless! I laughed out loud.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes! It’s totally “what fresh hell is this?”, isn’t it? He has an impressive line in side-eye, reproachful glares and convincing impressions of starvation. I am his slave…

  15. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Oh Mouse you look so wonderful! Have a wonderful Halloween Coffee morning. What are th staff dressing up as?

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello! I don’t think the Staff are dressing up, and frankly, I don’t want to run the risk of being upstaged by my domestics… It’s a day for the doggos to shine. Mum did mutter something about wanting a nice pointy black hat, but really, I think not….

  16. He is rather adorable…I mean menacing, but oh my that side eye is something else. Have fun!

  17. He is too adorable and cute in his costume. Of course he will love all the extra attention he gets in his outfit. You did a perfect job of this and I’m grinning from ear to ear. What a perfect costume for him!!!

  18. that’s brilliantly magical. And yes, I do have the earworm. Saw it live quite often as a youth/student,, including one memorable occasion when I and a pal queued for returns on the off chance and it turned out to be the 25th anniversary performance which had Richard O’Brien playing the narrator. it was V G.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh wow! A real landmark performance! Mouse did credit to his outfit at today’s coffee morning, and all the other doggos dressed up too, so we attracted quite a lot of attention!

  19. cedar51 says:

    Totally amazing!

    • katechiconi says:

      He looks good, and boy does he know it! Most doggos would, I think, have been trying to wriggle out of the set-up after about 10 minutes, but he wore the wings for the full occasion, although the cloak got a bit hot and we had mercy on him!

  20. Kirsten says:

    Mouse looks amazing! I think the side eye makes it complete 😂

  21. Debbierose says:

    🤣🤣🤣🤣 love it, I needed a chuckle to cheer myself up

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