This week there is only one question on everyone’s mind: “What are you going to be for Halloween?” I recently heard on NPR that pet parents are estimated to spend $300 MILLION dollars on holloween costumes for their dogs and cats. Isn't that outrageous? Well this year, I’m keeping it simple. I’m dressing up as a dog.
In my puppy years I used to get more into to it. I was always anxious and excited to see what new costume my mom had ordered for me. Fortunately, my mom never picked out anything too embarrassing. One year, a pug friend of mine was dressed up in a pink onesy and bonnet and got stuck riding around in a baby carriage all afternoon.
I’ve been Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Peter Pan and Snow White. One year my mom rented a Scooby Doo costume and I went as Shaggy. But this year, I am going to sitting on the side lines and watch what other people have come up with.
My mom and I are still planning to walk into town for the annual Halloween Parade. I have a festive orange collar and leash for the occasion. Halloween often falls on a weekday, so it’s almost exclusively locals who crown the streets to watch the parade. If the weather is nice, it’s a great opportunity to run into people you haven’t seen in a while. Everyone has come down from summer and we are now all gearing up for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Even though most of the foliage is gone, it’s still awfully pretty in town.
The one drag about walking through town on Halloween is watching all the shop owners hand out candy to the kids. It is such a tease. Chocolate, chocolate everywhere, but not a piece for me. Maybe next year, I’ll dress up like a little kid and fool a few merchants into tossing a few Snickers my way.
Or maybe not. The wrath of my mom (and the tummy ache) may not be worth it.
Trick or treat!!