Halloween goes to the dogs (and at least one tortoise)

A contestant is rolled down the green runway at the Hermon HOWL-oween contest. Photo by Martha Benedict

The dog parks in Hermon and Silver Lake held Halloween costume contests on Sunday, with canine contestants dressed up in a wide variety of outfits, ranging from a lion and pilot to an Echo Park taco truck and a tortoise – No, wait. That was a real tortoise disguised to look like a spider. Who knew that tortoises like to dress up?


A contestant at the Sixth Annual Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Pageant | Photo by Silver Lake resident


One of the winners of the Hermon contest. |Martha Benedict


Ghostly dobermans in Hermon | Martha Benedict


Bring in the clowns | Martha Benedict


Tortoises don’t want to get left behind on Halloween | Martha Benedict


A dog disguised as an Echo Park taco truck won the Best of Show award at the Silver Lake Dog Park contest. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell takes a closer look | Photo by Silver Lake resident


  1. It’s official: Our generation is just plain WEIRD. Guess this is what happens when you put off having a family until your late 30s or early 40s. This is the stuff that PETA should be up in arms about. Poor dogs have no dignity!

    • There have been calls to let the freak flag fly for a long time – its just that now, being weird has finally broken through. People want to be weird, or nerds, or whatever…
      Also: dogs do not have dignity. They spend a lot of time licking their privates, sniffing rear ends, and trying to eat the scat of other animals. They are great – but not always the most dignified…

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