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image Tuffy and Bella are ready for Saturday’s Howl-O-Ween hosted by Rockstar Pets. The pet-friendly party will kick off at the Tooele location and will continue at the Stansbury location of the pet store.

October 24, 2013
Halloween pet party expands

Halloween is not just for kids anymore—dress-up for dogs has become so popular that this weekend’s annual costume party has expanded to two locations.

Rockstar Pets has hosted a Halloween costume party for local pets every year since it opened, owner Charles Prows said. For the last four years, the event has taken place at the pet store’s Stansbury location. This year, however, pets—and their owners—are invited to festivities at both locations.

The pet-friendly Halloween party will kick off this Saturday with trick-or-teating at Rockstar Pets in Tooele, and will continue with a pet costume party at Back Stage Grooming in Stansbury.

Customers who attend both can pick up a ticket at the trick-or-treat that they may take to the costume party to enter in a drawing for a 30-pound bag of Canidae dog food. Prizes will also be awarded to three pets with the best costumes.

Pets of all sorts are welcome, and there is no charge to attend either event.

“We just do this to have fun with our customers,” Prows said.

His own dog will be in attendance, Prows said, but is still unsure about which costume to wear.

Prows said the event has grown little by little each year, with 12 to 18 costumed pets entered in last year’s contest. Customers began calling about this year’s Halloween party as early as September, he said.

The costume party, located at 220 Mill Pond in Stansbury, will begin at 2 p.m. and run through 5 p.m. Trick-or-treating at Rockstar Pets, 215 N. Main St. in Tooele, will begin at 11 a.m., according to the Rockstar Pets Facebook page.

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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