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It’s Baaack – The Halloween Pooch Parade & How a Pumpkin Takes a Selfie

Hello-Hello and happy new week to each and every treasured reader who has stopped in for a visit.

For our Friday Fun post last week we enjoyed some rather preptastic Halloween pumpkins. Today we look at our four-legged friends, it was time for the annual Tompkins Park Halloween Parade. The dogs were ready and waiting as seen in this photo from Frenchie in the City.

Frenchie in the City Facebook Page

Frenchie in the City Facebook Page

It turns out we spend oodles of money on costumes for our furry family members. A CBS MarketWatch story says the total last year was $370 million dollars.

What’s behind the boom? In many ways, it speaks to America’s growing fascination with Halloween, which has gone from being a kid-centric event to almost a mini-Christmas, with all the attendant decorating, dressing up and partying.

The fascination with Halloween dovetails with our passion for pets. “Your pet is now seen as an extension of your family. And you’re going to spend on that pet like you spend on your son and daughter,” says National Retail Federation spokesperson Kathy Grannis.

Below, one of the participants from this weekend’s Parade.

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Via Tsutomo_bw on Instagram

More from the MarketWatch story:

The trend has gotten so big that a number of communities are hosting pets-in-costume parades or gatherings. Already for several years now, in New York’s Tompkins Square Park, hundreds of pet lovers have gathered for a dog parade, replete with “Best in Show” costume honors.

A look at the Tompkins Park crowds in this photo from Scott Lynch for Gothamist.

Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Two more of those enjoying the Parade. (Any ideas….? Alice in Wonderland?)

Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Matt Stopera posted photos on Buzzfeed of the 70 Best Costumes seen at the Parade, one of them was ChippenDog.

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

And Dunkin DoDog.

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

The hashtag dog was cute.

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

How about a Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Mastt Stropas/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

To see all 70 of Mr. Stopera’s photos from the New York Parade, click here.

This weekend was also time for a Halloween event a little closer to home, the annual Detroit Bulldog Rescue costume party.

DBR Party 2013

DBR Party 2013

Like so many rescue groups, DBR works incredibly hard to help bullies that have been abandoned, abused, neglected or surrendered because an owner can no longer care for the dog.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue

Detroit Bulldog Rescue

It’s always a fun event, this guy was one of the most sociable dogs at the party.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Party

DBR Halloween 2013 Party

It wasn’t just the dogs that were in costume.

Detroit Bulldoge Rescue Facebook Page

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook Page

Here we see Lilli and Madeline.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue

Detroit Bulldog Rescue

All dogs were welcome, not just bulldogs.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook

There was even a stegosaurus. (Triceratops?)

DBR 2013

This is Potato, she is 13 years old. She is also blind and deaf, so she gets a cushy ride to the big party.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook Page

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook Page

DBR is one of our favorite charities, you can immediately see your dollars in action. Below, two of Potato’s friends at the party.

DBR Party 2013

DBR Party 2013

Back to the MarketWatch article.

And individual retailers say they see demand only increasing in the years ahead. PetSmart points to the fact that it now carries 111 styles of pet costumes and accessories; it’s even starting to offer items for “small animals.”

“If you don’t have a cat or dog, you can still dress up your guinea pig,” says Dara Foster, resident pet-fashion stylist for PetSmart.

CBS MarketWatch

CBS MarketWatch

That’s the job title I think I want: Pet Fashion Stylist at the Prepatorium. We leave you with these two images.

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We wanted to share a few more preppish pumpkins, including this one from Susan Romano Trader, founder of the very popular Re-Lilly page on Facebook.  This year Sue went with a cat theme for the pumpkin, explaining that Lilly herself was a cat lover.

Susan Romano Trader

Susan Romano Trader

Here is one more Lilly offering, it was done by Tiffany Marie Vander Zanden, one of many such creations (as well as Sue’s) that are part of the Lifeguard Press Pumpkin Decorating Contest on Facebook.

Tiffany

Tiffany Marie Vander Zanden

Much as everyone enjoys the spectacular pumpkins, there is a sizable group who generally prefer their pumpkins orange. I don’t think this is what they actually had in mind, here is one of the amazing carved pumpkins by Ray Villafane.

Ray Villafane/Villafane Studios

Ray Villafane/Villafane Studios

This one is also by Mr. Villafane, but not quite so creepy: a pumpkin takes a selfie.

Villafane Studios Facebook

Villafane Studios Facebook

I like this one, it’s much tamer, more of the “creepy but cute” genre.

Pinterest

Pinterest

There is a plethora of nautically-themed jack ‘o lantern motifs, like this whale from Quaint Living.

Quaint Living

Quaint Living

This group seen at Completely Coastal was made with free templates from Coastal Living.

Completely Coastal

Completely Coastal

When all is said and done, this is really more our speed.

True Couponing

True Couponing

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Our Best Collection Yet of Preppy Pumpkins (Lilly Pulitzer, Vera Bradley, Monograms, Oh My!)

Hello-Hello and Happy Friday.

It’s that time of year here at The Prepatorium. We’ve had our first frost, we’ve been eating all of the purchased the Halloween candy and it seems there are pumpkins decorating almost every porch in our neighborhood.  That means it is also time for this year’s version of the Great Preppy Pumpkin Patch.  We begin with this snappy trio from the very talented Susie Bajakian, we discovered them on her My Pumpkin Patch Pinterest page.

Susaie Bajakian Pinterest

Susie Bajakian “My Pumpkin Patch” Pinterest

We have to include these beauties by the ever-so-creative Kearsley from The Tipsy Skipper, done using her very own designs.

Tipsy Skipper

Tipsy Skipper

We discovered these at the Young House Love blog, where there are multiple pumpkin posts, all of them delightful.

Young House Love blog

Young House Love blog

I like the abstract pink and green design on these by This Little Mama.

This Little Mama

Here is a festive group, all done by the one and only Kappa Prep of Monograms and Manicures.

Monograms and Manicures

Monograms and Manicures

These bright pumpkins come to us via the Whatever blog.

Via

The Whatever Blog

There are even pumpkins for those of us who are nautically inclined, these are by Coastal Living. (Where this a fabulous tutorial and templates to make your own!)

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

These are via Nautical Luxuries.

Nautical Luxuries

Nautical Luxuries

This is the first time we have featured Vera Bradley pumpkins, another sensational group by Suzie Bajakian.

Suzie Bajakian Pinterest

Suzie Bajakian Pinterest

The group below left is from Rehearsal Dinner Guide, on the right we bring back this monogrammed creation from the Adventures of KAG blog.

Rehearsal Dinner Guide/

Rehearsal Dinner Guide/Adventures of KAG

Argyle pumpkins just make me smile, these are from Sunnyside Up Designs.

Sunnyside Up Designs

Sunnyside Up Designs

The four below left are via A Punch of Color, the group on the right is from Horchow.

L-Unknown/R-Horchow Collection

L-A Punch of Color/R-Horchow Collection

More argyle fabulosity.

Via

Via

When it comes to monogrammed pumpkins, there are quite a few styles. Designer Eddie Ross created this one several years ago.

Eddie Ross

Eddie Ross

How about this perky duo from the Party Patisserie?

Party Patisserie

Party Patisserie

This one from Home Talk features a more elaborate monogram.

Home Talk

Home Talk

Here we have an entire family of personalized and beribboned pumpkins via Digging for Diamonds.

Digging for Diamonds

Digging for Diamonds

Another group shot.

Via

Via

Some like to carve the monogram into the skin only, others prefer cutting all the way through the pumpkin, letting that candlelight better show the monogram in the dark. Lower left is a design by our pals at Where Fashion Meets Food, the two on the right come via Creative Southern Belle.

Fash Meets &

Fash Meets &

Lilly Pulitzer pumpkins are always popular. The one below was created by the talented folks at The Pink Pelican, where there is also a wonderful tutorial on how to decorate your own Lilly pumpkin.

The Pink Pelican Blog

The Pink Boulevard Lilly shop made this snappy group, we found them via The Company She Keeps blog.

Pumpkins by The Pink Boulevard via The Company She Keeps

Pumpkins by The Pink Boulevard via The Company She Keeps

There’s another tutorial on making Lillified pumpkins at Pop Cosmo.

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Pop Cosmo

Another fabulous group of pumpkins from Suzie Bajakian.

Suzie Bajakian Pinterest Page

Suzie Bajakian Pinterest

This set is done in Scarlet Begonia (I think), we found them on Pinterest.

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

Here is a beauty from the Pink Palm in Bethesda.

The Pink Palm, Bethesda via Lifeguard Press

The Pink Palm, Bethesda via Lifeguard Press

These are part of the White Crane’s Lilly pumpkin decorating contest.

The White Crane Facebook Page

The White Crane Facebook Page

This one was created by the Say Hay etsy shop.

Say Hey etsy Shop

Say Hay etsy Shop

Another great group, these are by the The Smiths Party of Four.

The Smiths Party of Four Tumblr

The Smiths Party of Four Tumblr

These come via Lilly Pulitzer Palm Beach Gardens.

Lilly Pulitzer Palm Beach Gardens

Lilly Pulitzer Palm Beach Gardens

This beautiful collection comes from Lady Bird – A Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop in San Marino, CA.

Lady Bird - A Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop

Lady Bird – A Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop

Susan Romano Trader, founder of the Re-Lilly Group is a master of the Lilly Pulitzer pumpkin.

Susan Romano Trader

Susan Romano Trader

This duo was created by the talented ladies at The Pink Palm in Richmond.

The Pink Palm

The Pink Palm

Here is another vivid group of Lilly treasures, I believe in Scarlet or Cherry Begonia.

Via

Via

Another pair or Lilly lovelies.

Peachy Keen tumblr

Peachy Keen tumblr

We’ll leave you with a few more that qualify as Pretty in Pink in our book, these are from Chatelaine magazine.

Chatelaine Magazine

Chatelaine Magazine

This pink pumpkin patch comes via the Herald Chronicle in Winchester, TN.

The Herald Chronicle, Winchester, TN

The Herald Chronicle, Winchester, TN

May it be a lovely weekend in your pumpkin patch!

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