There's been so much attention paid to adults snatching Halloween from the kids with their sexy nurse costumes and ironic pop culture sendups (Just how many yellow Breaking Bad jumpsuits will we see this year?). But seriously, what about the dogs? People just adore putting tutus on their bulldogs, which now makes pet Halloween parties a scene all their own. There's a Dog-A-Ween costume contest every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Kitchen at Jannus Live in downtown St. Petersburg, and even the grand opening of Tarpon Springs' new dog park at 9:30 a.m. Saturday will have a dog costume parade with prizes. This week alone we have:
Woofstock: Pet contests, demonstrations, pet adoptions, animal blessings, an auction and live music at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dunedin's Highlander Park. Free. (727) 213-2032.
Barktober Fest: Costume, talent and cutest/ugliest dog contests, plus vendors, food, beer and wine for purchase, all at noon Saturday at Spring Hill's Rotary Centennial Park. Free admission; $1 parking; $2 per contest.
Dogtoberfest: Costume contest, on-site pet adoptions and the Doggie FunZone obstacle course at noon Sunday at the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. Free. (813) 994-2242.
Stride for Strays: Dogs can take their owners for a 3K walk around the Raymond James Stadium's north lot in Tampa. Then there's a pet tailgate party with dock diving, live music, a doggie fun zone, pet costume contest, an adoptable pet parade and massages for both people and pets. It runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; $25 with $100 fundraising minimum, $5 non-walker; (813) 760-1568.
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