Costume season has arrived, and Halloween just wouldn’t be Halloween without your four-legged buddy. Over the years, dressing up the family pet has become a trend that brings the whole family together, especially when Halloween events take place during the day and have a family-friendly vibe. This year’s top pet costume trends include dressing up your dog as human food and condiment items such as Heinz ketchup bottles and Tootsie Rolls. Join fellow pet owners by celebrating the season of witches and jack-o-lanterns at Los Angeles’ fun Halloween events that both you and your pet will enjoy.
Halloween Costume Pictures & Treats
13459 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Date: Oct. 31
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Say Cheese! Pets Naturally, a holistic health food store for animals, is celebrating Halloween, well, naturally. Pets Naturally invites its customers, and their owners, to dress up in their Halloween costumes and visit the store for pictures and treats. Grab the pup and get costumed-up as a fireman, a princess or the devil, and strut down Ventura Boulevard with a smile big when you arrive at Pets Naturally. Pets Naturally will post your pet’s photo on its store bulletin board and send you on your trick-or-treating way with an all-natural Daisy’s Delight cookie.
12th Annual Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade
2nd Street in Belmont Shore between Park Avenue and Livingston Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Price: $10 dog before Oct. 9/$15 dog before Oct. 16/$20 dog day of event/$35 VIP dog (advance only)
Hours: Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m.
This Halloween, help Haute Dogs break the world record for the number of costumed dogs in a parade. With last year’s number of dogs parading around reaching more than 400, the Howl’oween parade is determined to beat that number and raise money for local charities. From ballerina bulldogs to policeman chihuahuas, the 12th annual Halloween parade raises thousands of dollars for animal welfare programs in Southern California. Haute Dog will even let humans join in the fun and play dress up too.
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Rufus and Delilah Halloween Pet Costume Contest
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Dates: Oct. 10 to October 31
If handing out candy in your neighborhood is the plan for Halloween eve, you and your furry, four-legged friends may still celebrate the season of ghouls and goblins. Beginning Oct. 10, Sherman Oaks-based Rufus and Delilah Dog Walking and Pet Sitting is hosting a free Halloween costume contest via its Facebook page. With a few simple clicks, pet owners may upload their pets’ costume pics with captions onto Rufus and Delilah’s Facebook page. The top three winners will receive pet prizes, which may include dog and/or cat toys, healthy pet treats or a credit toward a weekly walk or pet-sitting visit.
Happy Howl-Oween at Downtown Burbank
275 E. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502
Hours: October 31
Bring Fido to participate in the Annual Downtown Dog Parade on the AMC Walkway at Downtown Burbank. Dogs and their families may show off their Halloween costumes for an evening of trick-or-treating to remember. Several Downtown Burbank retailers will provide free treats and encourage families and pets to trick-or-treat all evening. Top dog costume picks for 2012 include Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Devil, Bunny and Whoopie Cushion.
Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.