In a paralyzed state of terror, she grabbed hold of her heart as it pounded in her chest. Shaking, she listened to the heavy thump-drag, thumb-drag as they came closer….and closer. She took a deep breath and peeked around the corner. There, standing before her, were hundreds of them. Each creature scarier than the next, they moved along in a parade of hilarity and fright…but mostly hilarity. There was no turning back, she had arrived at the best darn dog-o-ween party this side of the Mississippi.


2008 Pet Costume Contest photo:
Erica Matyas/

Come out and face your fears this Sunday at the 10th Annual Park Avenue Pet Costume Contest, brought to us by The Doggie Door.

It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since the first devil horns grew on a dachshund in Winter Park. This event has grown into a plan-our-costume-a-month-ahead type deal. It’s so awesome, too much fun and most importantly, super competitive so you’d better be prepared to buh-ring it!

2008 Pet Costume Contest photo:
Erica Matyas/

All well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to come join the fun. The event will take place, beginning at 10:00am, on the corner of North Park Avenue and Garfield, near Panera Bread in Winter Park.

Admission is free and includes a caboodle of pet-related vendors there to give you a head start on your holiday shopping, including pet photography, caricature artistry, dog trainers and more. Not to mention, you’ll be smack dab in the middle of the Winter Park shopping district on beautiful Park Avenue. How could you not be there?

The day’s schedule is as follows:
10am Event begins
11am Large Pet Costume Contest
12pm – 3pm Pet Trick-or-Treat in Park Avenue shops
1pm Small Pet Costume Contest

Honestly, this event is not to be missed and your laughter muscles will be totally sore the next day, guaranteed. Not only is this an awesome way to spend a Sunday afternoon, but the event itself is a fundraiser benefitting the Sebastian Haul Fund and Friends of Fleet Peeple’s Park.

For more info: Please contact The Doggie Door 407.644.2969 or stop by their new store at 329 Park Ave. North Winter Park, FL 32789