One year I watched a marmalade cat chase a skittering leaf. There was a light breeze that teased that cat. He stalked that leaf, always prepared to pounce. Only to have the leaf tumble, and whip just out of reach. Finally the breeze tired of the game and let the cat catch that leaf. That marmalade cat pounced. Then looked up so disappointed when the leaf failed to fly away.
One of the things I like about cool October nights is having a cup of warm Carmel flavored Cider and reading a great ghost story. Savoring the scary parts as I read the leaves of my book. Unlike some of my students I like mildly scary stories of the supernatural. I don't read Steven King because I have enough nightmares of my own, without borrowing any of his.
That being said, I have thought a lot today about Ghost Walks and Ghost Tours here in Montana. Karen Stevens is the author of "Haunted Montana" and in years past has organized the Billings Ghost Tour. Many communities sponsor ghost tours and tell about historic events that happened in the community. Bannack sponsors several Ghost Walks. The Ghost Walks are reenactments of historic events.
Several other hauntingly good books are "Spirit Tailings: Ghost Tales from Virginia City, Butte and Helena by Ellen Baumler. She also wrote 13 Chillers: 13 True Tales of Ghosts and Hauntings. Yes there are some spine tingling reads to make you shiver during the October nights.
As I close my books I can here the sounds of October whispering. The whoosh of a slamming door, the creek of stairs, the squeak of a gate. The crackle and crunch of leaves, as something runs through them. I think of these things when I see the leaves of October.