The Real Cost of Humiliating Pets on Halloween

By Carla Fried - 2013-10-22T22:12:30Z

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Walk on the Wild Side for a Cause

From Tompkins Square Park in New York City to California's Long Beach, Halloween parades for costumed pets are popular events. Justin Rudd, organizer of the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade in Long Beach, which bills itself as the biggest Halloween pet stroll in the U.S., expects about 550 animals to strut their stuff along a three block-long bike path in this year’s extravaganza. Pre-parade registration is $10 to $15. For $35 your pets gets the VIP treatment (yep, very important pooch): a spot at the front of the line. Between registration fees and other parade-route sales, the shindig raises about $12,000 for local spay and neuter programs. Last year the 3rd annual Paws & Remember Halloween Pet Parade in Fort Wayne, Indiana, drew 44 pets (and owners) and raised $1,500 that went to a local organization that fights animal abuse.