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Martha Stewart Living
A costumed pug spins a web in hopes of catching kibble.

If you love Halloween, here’s an excuse to shop for an extra costume.

The Ward Pet Spot, at Ward Warehouse, is hosting its annual Howl-O-Ween canine costume contest. During this free event, pooches will compete in three categories: look-alike (pet/owner costumes); most original and funniest.


With vampires so hot in pop culture (Twilight, True Blood), we expect there will be plenty of Count Dogulas.


Need some pet-costume inspiration? How about:


Cats, it turns out, are much harder to dress for Halloween, possibly because they do not have senses of humor. I mean, check out this model, skulking her way off the catalog shoot. The best I could find was this lobster costume.


The canine costume contest is Oct. 25, from 12 to 2 p.m. Winners take home treats, food and apparel; discounts will be on hand for all shoppers. Another nice reason to stop by: Friends for Life, a no-kill animal shelter, will be there with puppies and dogs that are hoping to connect with a family. If you want to enter the contest, sign up at Ward Pet Spot or by calling 591-1990.