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Halloween becomes a pet project

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Halloween has gone to the dogs.Pet owners are celebrating the Oct. 31 holiday with their furry best friends, dressing them as superheros, storybook characters and even other animals.”It’s just a fun thing to do, and the kids seem to like it,” said Ryan Erickson, a dog owner and PETCO employee. “We’ve sold a lot of costumes. I kind of chuckle every time we sell one.”Erickson and his 9-year-old husky mix, Kayley, are taking a novel approach to Halloween this year. They’re teaming up to dress alike for the sixth largest spending holiday of the year.

“I’ve got a 3-legged dog who will be a pirate,” Erickson said. “She’ll have a (fake) wooden leg. And I’m dressing as a pirate, too.”Erickson and Kayley are joining in the fun of PETCO’s Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume contest at 2 p.m. Saturday. The store offers a range of costumes such as a princess, devil, lady bug and prison inmate.”Our best sellers are the lady bug, pumpkin and Dracula,” said Rachel McLennan, of PETCO corporate communications. “The pumpkin costume is one of the most popular.”Jessica Myers, of High Tails Dog and Cat Outfitters in West Glenwood, and her Rottweiler mix, Sullivan, are also getting in the Halloween spirit this year. She’s going as a duck, while he’ll be an ant.

“We’re going to an Halloween party Saturday and I’m going to bring him,” Myers said.High Tails also sells Halloween-themed items for pets, which Myers said are increasing in popularity.”We sell more toys – we’ve got a lot of fun toys for Halloween,” she said. “It’s growing.” Halloween costumes such as a dinosaur and Batman, and accessories including witch hats are all the rage at High Tails.

“We’re running out of our large sizes, actually,” Myers said. “We’re selling more large-breed costumes this year.”Even the big dogs are running with the Halloween spirit.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.com

• PETCO in Glenwood Meadows is hosting an Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume contest at 2 p.m. Saturday. The best costumed pet and their parents receive an eight-pound bag of IAMS dry dog or cat food and a $15 PETCO gift card. All participants receive a goody bag full of Halloween-themed treats from PETCO’s treat bar.

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