‘Halloween isn’t about being pretty. It’s about being scary and creepy and fooling everyone. It’s about pretending to be someone you’re not. It’s about going to visit all of the neighbors and collecting as many treats as you can.’ Wise words from a wise sage—Woody, the Mini-Poodle, in Creepy Tails!, part of The Adventures of the Poodle Posse series.
But is it more? I’d like to think so. It did originate as a religious holiday, eve of the Christian Feast of All Saints Day. People would dress to emulate saints in Medieval times, but somehow, it changed. It morphed into a day when you can be silly, act funny, show off your creativity. And I personally believe that all the preparation, guessing, disguising is worth the treat which is far more than candy. It’s fun and fellowship. It’s friendship and often teamwork. It’s generosity.
When my son was younger, my husband worked in The Theater Industry. And right before Halloween, there was ShowEast; a trade show with everything movie theater related. Movie posters, equipment and yes, FOOD. So, as with any good attendee at a trade show, you naturally gather up all of the free samples as possible, put them in your bag and when you get home, voila! It’s Halloween. But it’s not just anyone’s Halloween treats. Forget those snack size nuggets. These were the real shebang—the whole enchilada. These were movie-sized treats–the kind you buy for $5/box at the talkies. Naturally, we were the most popular folks in the neighborhood, with some visitors looking very familiar throughout the evening. But it wasn’t the enormity of the donation—it was the thought. Snack size or king size, it’s the thought. We’re participating with you and you and you in the magical holiday we call Halloween—and this one is no different–or is it?
Well, in celebration of Halloween, this gal with Creepy Tails in her collection is doing something equally fun. We all love to see those kiddos dressed up for the night, and increasingly, our pets are every bit as delightful. So, I will be hosting a Dog Instagram Costume Contest. Yes, that’s right. Send a photo of your dog(s) dressed in their Halloween finest, and you are automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize bag consisting of a copy of Creepy Tails!, several Halloween dog toys, some treats (for human and canine) and a pet gift card! Simply follow this link for more:https://www.wellbredbook.net/howl-oween-fun/. Here’s hoping you have a very creepy night—fun and goodwill to all!