Senior reporter, beachcomber and tiki enthusiast Kelly Puente tricks up her cats in island-themed outfits as often as the mood strikes her. For Halloween, however, the kitties are in full costume mode. Sidney is going as Mufasa or maybe the Cowardly Lion. Either way, he looks completely bewildered.
Jonesy is simply not amused.
You don’t hang at the Post for five minutes without hearing about Mango. Her humans, city hall reporter Jason Ruiz and his wife, Kristina, adopted her from Long Beach Animal Care Services a few years ago. Jason shows off photos of her like your neighbor does with photos of the grandbabies, except Mango’s are way cuter. She’s dressed as a jester because, as Jason said, she’s a clown and thinks she’s funny. Best doggie deadpan ever.
Two of my personal demons, Duncan (in Dracula cape) and Shax (in bat wings) sit amongst the clutter on the dining room table waiting to be shed of their shackles. Black cats on Halloween, they say, need no costume.
Austin Rivera, who lives with community-engagement editor Stephanie, has morphed into a winged dragon, surely a fantasy of bearded dragons everywhere. Steph says that he’s pleased with the look, but I’m not sure how you can tell.
Jasper Grobaty, one of senior columnist Tim’s two canine buddies, has decided to go this year as T-1000 from “Terminator 2,” rising from the floor to wreak havoc on his human’s carpet slippers.
The best place to bring your dressed-up pets on Halloween is the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade, now in its 20th incarnation! Justin Rudd, who has deservedly won the Best of Long Beach Community Leader award, is once again heading up the gala. It’s grown from a rollicking procession down Second Street to a grand event that includes the multiple awards for best costumes for dogs, kids and adults and for best float; an adoption fair; and vendors of anything your pet could want or need. Proceeds from the event help fund nonprofits.
All information, rules and so on are available here. Read them thoroughly and carefully.
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