Haslet Fire Department pet costume contest Oct. 5

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Don’t be alarmed by the four-legged ghosts and goblins at the fire house Oct. 5.

Disguised dogs and other incognito animals will converge on the Haslet Fire Department for a pet costume contest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Animals of all types and sizes can be entered, and the pet owners are encouraged to get in on the masquerade, too, said Nancy Garner, president of the Haslet Fire Department Support Group and a member of the department's rehab unit.

Each entry costs $10, and proceeds go toward outfitting the fire department's vehicles with oxygen masks for pets.

"Most of us involved with (Haslet Fire Department) have pets and enjoy doing things with them," said Garner, who is a pet sitter when she is not responding to fire calls as part of the rehab unit. "If you’re obsessed with your pets, you are always looking for some place to take them to have fun."

Garner remembers some pretty clever and cute costumes. Last year, she said, the winning costume in the extra-small pet category was a little boy carrying a black-and-white rabbit dressed as a witch.

"He was first to show up that day and seeing how cute they both were that category was done," Garner said.

Garner said she is amazed by the imagination pet owners show. She recalls a family dressing their dog in a pink pillow-looking costume with a running shoe on top.

"We couldn't figure that one out so we had to ask, 'What is it?'" Garner said. "Laughingly, they told us the dog was gum under the shoe."

The only thing Garner hasn't seen at previous pet costume contests is a costumed cat. "After seeing the bunny, I am sure someone will show up with a kitty sooner or later," Garner said.

The fire department will stay in the Halloween spirit after the costume contest. Oct. 26 is the department's annual Halloween Haunted Hayride in the woods behind the fire station. The event will include a carnival inside the fire station's bays and a costume contest.

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