The DGs admit while they can’t quite lick the gimpy factor, it’s hard to be grumpy on the first weekend of October. That means the Halloween decorations come out of the garage and make their way to the front porch. (They can get up to 100 trick or treaters so being festive is part of the neighborhood spirit.) Plus it’s Blessing of the Animals day at church in remembrance of St. Francis. Dogs ruled the aisles and pews, although also spotted was a hamster, laying hen and cockatoo.