Springfield residents dress up their pets for Yappy Howl-o-ween

The annual Yappy Howl-O-Ween event was held Wednesday at Snyder Park Wednesday evening. The event featured live music, food and fun for two and four legged participants and the costume contest was held a the finally. This year's sponsor was Wet Your Whiskers. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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The annual Yappy Howl-O-Ween event was held Wednesday at Snyder Park Wednesday evening. The event featured live music, food and fun for two and four legged participants and the costume contest was held a the finally. This year's sponsor was Wet Your Whiskers. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Do you dress up your pets for Halloween?

Springfield residents did for Yappy Howl-o-ween at Snyder Park.

Dog owners brought their furry friends to the park for live music, a costume contest, and special doggy treats.

“It’s so people can get out there and share some fun with their dogs and show off their little costumes,” said Sheila Snider, owner of  Wet Your Whiskers, a sponsor of Yappy Howl-o-ween.

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According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), $490 million is expected to be spent on pet costumes this year.

This is more than double of how much individuals spent on pet costumes in 2010.

The most popular pet costumes include:

  • Pumpkin
  • Hot dog
  • Superhero
  • Bumblebee
  • Cat
  • Witch
  • Lion
  • Dog
  • Devil
  • Shark

“I think people are getting a lot more involved with their pets now a days,” said Snider. “Your younger people are having pets before children and your older people are living longer.”

This year was the first year for Yappy Howl-o-ween, hosted by the National Trail Parks and Recreation District. In years past, they have hosted Yappy Hours, a similar event without the costume contest.

These events allow individuals to take a break from their busy lives and spend time with their pets.

“Each year it tends to get bigger and bigger, more people are coming out,” Snider said. “It’s really just about making sure the dogs get a fair shake out there.”

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