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Families and their dogs get into the Halloween spirit for a screaming good time in Rapid City


RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) – There’s something completely adorable and very unscary going on in Rapid City at the end of October. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is holding the first Howl-O-Ween Puppy Exploration and Costume Contest from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 30 on the Robbinsdale Park Walking Trail. The event is free and open to the public.

It’ll be anything but an odd site when dozens of pets dress up in their finest costumes and come together for the Ulti-Mutt Halloween party.

Gus the Gnome Bulldog gets angry and calls out all the pets to join him at the party.

Who can resist Gus disguised as Gnome, Bella as bee, Lucy as Underdog, Sammy as Superman, Daisy as dinosaur?

Participants are invited to visit the Parks and Recreation booth during the event to enter the costume contest and receive a free gift. Local animal and pet care vendors will be on hand to share treats for costumed pets and their owners, who are also invited to have fun by dressing up for the event. Pet gift baskets will be provided.

“We think this will be great fun for the pets and their owners,” Lindsey Myers of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and pet parent told Gus. “It’s a great way to get into the Halloween spirit by dressing your pet up in a costume and for kids and adults to come in costumes as well.”

The event will take place on the Robbinsdale Walking Trail and leashes for pets are encouraged.

Although called the puppy crawl, Myers said the event is open to other creatures as well.

After all, who can resist a cat in Yoda disguise or a lizard in undressing bat? Dogs, however, should make up the majority of participants. Myers said this was the event’s first year, and if it was a “screaming” success, she hopes it could become an annual Halloween event.

For more information, contact Myers at 605-394-4175.

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